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Jaguars Draft Clemson DE Andre Branch in 2nd Round

New Jaguars DE Andre Branch

In the second round of the draft, 38th overall, the Jaguars drafted Clemson defensive end Andre Branch.

Branch is the final piece to the puzzle on defense for the Jaguars. After resigning defensive end Jeremy Mincey in free agency all the Jaguars needed to put the finishing touches on their defense was a pass rusher to play opposite Mincey.

Branch (6-feet-4, 259-lbs) is a tall athletic defensive end that excels in pass rushing. There has been some doubt as to weather Branch can be effective as a defensive end because he sometimes struggles against the run, which has prompted some scouts to believe he may be better as a 3-4 outside linebacker. However, the Jaguars will use him as a defensive end in their 4-3 system.

Jaguars director of personnel Terry McDonough said the Jaguars saw Branch only as a 4-3 defensive end. “This is a different body style (than a 3-4 backer), so we didn’t worry about the 3-4 teams in front of us,” McDonough said. “We looked at him strictly as a 4-3 end.”

Branch finished the 2011 season with Clemson with 77 tackles and 9.5 sacks.


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