Chris Braswell A High-Effort, Hard-Working Project With Serious Foundation

April 26th, 2024

Bucs OLB Chris Braswell.

Joe will confess to not watching much SEC football. With the new SEC debuting this fall, that will change. So outside of the Rose Bowl against Michigan, Joe didn’t see much of Alabama.

So Joe consulted “The Beast” typed by Dane Brugler of The Athletic, the top annual draft guide. Per Brugler, it appears Chris Braswell, the Bucs’ second-round pick tonight, may need some coaching up. But with the tools he already possesses, Brugler thinks Braswell has a high ceiling.

SUMMARY: A one-year starter at Alabama, Braswell played the JACK outside linebacker position in former coach Nick Saban’s hybrid 3 -4 scheme, lining up in two and three-point stances. After playing in the Tide’s cheetah package in 2022, he took over Will Anderson Jr.’s role in 2023 and led the SEC in pressures (56), one
ahead of his teammate, Dallas Turner (55). Both as a pass rusher and run defender, Braswell has a rugged, high-effort play demeanor and uses his aggressive reach/hands to bully blockers or set hard edges. He has explosive flashes, but he often stalls out at the top of his rush and needs to expand the ways he wins as a pass rusher. Overall, Braswell is slightly undersized and still a work in progress in several areas, but his first-step quickness and ability to convert speed to power are solid starting points for a developmental pass rusher. He has down-the-road starting potential and reminds me of the Cincinnati Bengals’ Joseph Ossai when he was coming out of Texas.

So Joe isn’t sure the Bucs are going to bank on Braswell much this year. From what Joe can tell,this guy is good in pass defense. That’s a plus.

The Bucs may take 2024 to refine Braswell’s skillset to unleash him in 2025 after Joe Tryon-Shoyinka leaves.

34 Responses to “Chris Braswell A High-Effort, Hard-Working Project With Serious Foundation”

  1. Austing Says:

    Guys a beast, Jason is a GREAT drafter

  2. BoricuaBucFan Says:

    Waste of a pick. A project in the 2nd round with a coaching staff that couldn’t develop their way out of a cardboard box. Smdh

  3. Colin in Canada Says:

    So negative on JTS. He’ll be 25 this season. He’s going into his prime. He could breakout this year. He’s been close. Just needs to finish. Either way the bucs rotate their whole DL to keep them fresh. JTS will be in the rotation and so will Braswell. If they get 6 sacks each that’s decent production in a rotation. It’s a team game.

  4. Austing Says:

    8 sacks 10 TFL last year in sec and every other edge was taken. Super good under the radar pick

  5. Conner50 Says:

    Definitely not a waste of a pick smh, kids played in the sec and had 8 sacks with 3 ff that’s solid numbers for a day two pick. Fills a need that our team had as well

  6. Tackleblockwin Says:

    I want Ray Davis next.

  7. NYbucsfan Says:

    Not a great pick.

  8. Deaf Jeff Says:

    Nick Saban said on ABC this kid can squat 705 pounds and power clean 450. Jesus Nick Saban then said the strength program was very important to him. LFG!

  9. Hearty Dikerson Says:

    It’s interesting. He’s super slow out of his stance, yet he’s very effective on making the play. One has to wonder if he’s just a slow reactor or if he’s actually diagnosing the play. He’s one of the most interesting players in the draft

  10. Buccos Says:

    Sounds like an amazing pick. He could start across from Ya Ya

  11. OR Buc Says:

    Project? Hahaha. I’ll take a “project” that had 8 sacks, 3 FF, 10 TFLs, 56 pressures and a pick six! In the SEC. If he played more refined in college they’d say he has a lower ceiling. He is free to grow and add to those numbers.

  12. OR Buc Says:

    And a great run defender!

  13. Nicholas Carlson Says:

    Love this pick. 8 sacks and a high motor.

  14. SB~LV Says:

    Lol… “ wasted pick “
    People want pick overall talent with a late 2nd round pick 😂😂😂
    He is a very good footballer player and will be a rookie this year.
    If he can contribute and show a bit of flash we’ll be fine with the pick.
    He is a excellent football player at every level of his career.

  15. SB~LV Says:

    First pick overall talent ^^^

  16. Oneilbuc Says:

    Good pick !!

  17. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Chris Braswell made the Bruce Feldman’s Freak’s List ranked #10. At 6’3″, 251, he ran 4.6 in the 40 yard, vertical-jumped 38.5 inches, squats 705 pounds and power-cleaned 405 pounds.

  18. Hearty Dikerson Says:

    Licht was a clearly placing an emphasis on speed and strength. Last few years have been too “speed” heavy, leaving us with a soft team. My guess for 3rd round: Kris Jenkins, Javon Baker, TJ Tampa or a heavy LG

  19. Mayhem41 Says:

    Joe doesn’t watch much SEC football? And we are supposed to take you seriously blogging about a southern Pro football team? Please tell me you are joking. Seriously. I get some just Pro football fans, but you are a supposedly reputable blogger of a Florida pro football team and you don’t follow the conference that provides the most NFL players? You have to be kidding.

  20. BucU Says:

    Time to go look at his tape. Not familiar with the kid.

  21. Hearty Dikerson Says:

    Dam, good info Alabama Fan

  22. unbelievable Says:

    He has explosive flashes, but he often stalls out at the top of his rush and needs to expand the ways he wins as a pass rusher.

    Hmmm, sounds like JTS to me.

    But he looks like he has more fight and beast in him. At least I hope.

  23. Colin in Canada Says:

    @Mayhem41 I agree fully with you. Braswell in the 2nd round is an absolute STEAL of a pick. Get hyped Joes. Trust in Licht

  24. Dave Pear Says:

    Not understanding why Joes are sour on this guy. He’s a stud and will start by week 5.

  25. Hearty Dikerson Says:

    Problem with Boswell… he’s a jack of all trades. He doesn’t excel at any one thing.

  26. David Says:


    Do not count out Hall. It’s basically his second year, don’t judge him by Sacks. He needs to be the dominant run stuffer of the group.

  27. Greg Says:

    Jesus, the guy had 8 sacks in the SEC. Cut him some slack.

  28. Rod Munch Says:

    The scouting reports I read said he’s not a project and can play early. Seems odd based on the snap counts, but that’s what I read – when I fully expected to hear ‘project player’ in the first sentence of the reports.

    Also at his size and having 4.60 speed, he might be a more all-around LB as opposed to a traditional edge player.

    I only know what I’ve read about him tonight, but I like what I read so far. Hopefully we hear all those ‘wow’ reports in training camp like we did with Winfield a number of years ago, and we heard about Yaya last year. If this guy can play this year and you got Kancey leveling up, and Yaya continues to produce, that could be a very nice young unit.

  29. Esteban85 Says:

    Looks very similar to yaya coming out last year. Same 4.6 40, same one year production, same size & similar length. Looks like the only better 10 yard split by an edge rusher was from chop Robinson. This guy doesn’t seem like a project, he seems like a perfect fit for Todd Bowles 3-4 scheme and he sounds well coached by one of the greats. You never know about edge rushers but I like this guy. He blocked a kick and returned it for a touchdown and he’s said they clocked him at 21.8 mph. That’s insane

  30. PbnJ Says:

    If this Joe is either sooner or longhorn, much makes sense now.

  31. Ted Says:

    Funny how this guy has 8 sacks in the toughest league in CF but a bunch of the defensive players picked way ahead of him had 3.5/4.5 sacks in 3 YEARS. NFL tends to love measurable s more than what they see on film. The fact that everyone that coached him says that he works tirelessly and gives maximum effort every play is a great start. He played behind a top ten pick and the defensive rookie of the year in the NFL at bama is the reason he was a one year starter……good pick at that point in the draft.

  32. 2023 Surprised the Hell out of me Says:

    After playing in the Tide’s cheetah package in 2022, he took over Will Anderson Jr.’s role in 2023 and led the SEC in pressures (56), one
    ahead of his teammate, Dallas Turner (55)…. turner was taken number 17 th

    he has the numbers and the production ……..

  33. Fred McNeil Says:

    Not bad for a second round pick. I like him.

  34. Brandonbucc Says:

    That’s a great spin on no production, hasn’t even done much.