In today’s draft profile we take a look at Jordan Brailford. Brailford was staple of the Oklahoma State defense towards the end his time with the Cowboys.He was someone that quarterbacks around the Big 12 feared. Brailford is a player that might take some time to develop, but I think with the right coaches and the right team he could really thrive.
Height: 6’ 3”
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
NFL Draft Projections: 4th-7th round
2018 stats: 37 solo tackles, 9 sacks, 16 TFL for 65 yards
Career stats: 90 solo tackles, 15 sacks
Game to watch: Kansas (2018)
40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds
Bench press: 22 reps
Vertical jump: 37.5 inches
Broad jump: 126 inches
Brailford has the ability to be quick on the snap. This is what helped him get to the quarterback quite a bit during his time at OSU. He was the best past rusher in the Big 12 early in the 2018 season. He has the ability to cut through holes in the O-line in order to get to the back field and disrupt. Brailford is able to get his hands in the face of opposing blockers. He’s got some moves as a stand-up linebacker and can also anchor and set as an edge. Brailford has a toughness having battle through a couple of injuries throughout his Oklahoma State Career. He was the talk of the East-West Shrine game with plays like this.
Brailford is a bit undersized at 252 lbs. He might struggle with huge NFL O-lineman. His sacks might be taken with a grain of salt as most of his sacks in 2018 came against the non-conference schedule. He can struggle with maintaining his balance at times.His tapes have quite a bit of missed tackles in them. He’s quite fast but will need to gain control. Brailford could end up being a steal but will take some coaching and development in order to play to his potential. This is also a edge-heavy draft which could hurt Brailford.
CRFF Draft Prediction:
I see Brailford going in the late rounds. Now who he ends up I’m not sure. The only team we know he’s met with is the Pittsburgh Steelers. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that the Steelers will end up taking Brailford, it ups the chances. The Steelers are rebuilding on defense and Brailford could provide them with a solid player that is ready to learn and help them with that. Not to mention He would be third Cowboy to go to the Steelers. He’d join Mason Rudolph and James Washington.