Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU: 2016 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Bronson Kaufusi is a monster at the defensive end position. Standing at 6’6 and nearly 290 pounds, Kaufusi is one of the more physically gifted players in this draft. His stats suggest that he should have more value than where he’s projected to play, but a raw specimen like Kaufusi has the kind of potential that many GM’s are looking for.

He has been a contributor since his freshman year when he racked up 4.5 sacks and since then, has added another 21 to his career total.

Kaufusi originally was a two sport athlete at BYU where he played basketball for the 2012-2013 seasons (freshman year) but later focused his efforts on America’s sport.

Position: Defensive End

Height: 6’6

Weight: 285

2015 Season Stats: 57 tackles (18.5 tackles for loss), 10 sacks, one interception, two passes defended, one fumble recovery and three forced fumbles

Strengths

He has great pad level when attacking the line of scrimmage, it’s not often that a player gets the better of his tall frame. He has the kind of motor that teams love in a prospect and has a knack for following the play down field until it’s over.

Although he’s nearly 290 pounds, Kaufusi possesses a frame that could add another 15-20 pounds and still be the player he is now.

It’s hard to find consistency in college football, many players have years of spiked stats and other players completely drop off the map after one year. Kaufusi has been consistent throughout his years at BYU and has gradually improved on the year before.

If he can translate some of his strengths to the next level, he has an opportunity to be a solid contributor if not more. 

Weaknesses

Kaufusi is still raw as a prospect. His stats and size are misleading to the weaknesses that are involved in his game. While he earned 10 sacks this year, Kaufusi often struggles to get off of blocks in the run game. A player at his size should not be easily pushed aside. He’s very stiff-hipped and has trouble turning the corner, he’s not a violent player when attacking the quarterback.

A lot of his production came from extended plays as opposed to the initial attack. He’s an athletic talent but doesn’t possess the skills that teams look for in a defensive end.

Outlook

Brandon Kaufusi has potential but needs a lot of work in the technique department. The combine will help his stock but his play on the field is still questionable moving forward.

He doesn’t have the play making ability that many would hope for given his stature. Kaufusi may end up being a strong special teams contributor, but his outlook as a consistent player on the defensive line is slim.