2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Bryan Bresee

  • Bryan Bresee, 6-5/300

  • Defensive Tackle

  • Clemson

  • Bryan Bresee Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Physical
  • Tough
  • Good motor
  • Powerful hands
  • Strength to work off blocks
  • Disciplined
  • Good length
  • Excellent fit as a five-technique in a 3-4

  • Weaknesses:
  • Lacks pass-rush ability to play three-technique
  • Lacks speed in the pass rush
  • Needs more pass-rushing moves
  • Could be solid, but not very productive, as a pro pass rusher
  • Overweight
  • Poor conditioning
  • Bad body
  • Already had one torn ACL

  • Summary: Coming out of high school, Bresee was one of the top recruits in the nation, and he showed why with an excellent freshman season in 2020. That season, he recorded four sacks, 33 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and two passes batted. Bresee looked like he was just scratching the surface of his potential. Bresee was off to a good start in 2021, recording 13 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and an interception over four games before tearing an ACL versus N.C. State and going out for the season. In 2022, Bresee dealt with the horrific death of his teenage sister from cancer. Perhaps it was the family tragedy, but NFL sources said that Bresee looked overweight, out of shape, and did not moved well in 2022. He totaled only 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks for his year.

    Bresee is a physical defender in the pass rush. He tries to go through blockers, and he did not show the ability to dart past them in 2022. For the NFL, Bresee could use more pass-rushing moves. Given his size and strength, he would ideally add a club or rip move. Bresee currently looks like he would leave the game in passing situations and not serve as an every-down starter.

    In run defense, Bresee is a mauler who fights at the line of scrimmage. He has quality length and size, and he plays hard. With his heavy hands, Bresee is adept at getting off blocks and then using his quickness to get in on tackles. Bresee’s run defense was not as good in 2022 as it was in 2021 and 2020, perhaps due to coming off his ACL injury.

    Some sources graded Bresee on Day 2 and in the mid-rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft. He has a lot of media hype, however, so perhaps there are other teams out there that have higher grades on him.

    Player Comparison: Harrison Phillips. Bresee reminds me of Phillips. Both are solid run defenders who have limitations in the pass rush.


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