DT, Ron Brace, Boston College
|At A Glance|
|Position 1: Defensive Tackle||Height: 6-3|
|Position 2: Nosetackle||Weight: 329|
|Class: Senior||Age: 22|
|Projected Round: 2nd||40time: 5.32|
|Bench reps: 32||Vertical: 28|
|20yd Split: 3.16||Broad Jump: 8'3"|
|10yd Split: 1.88||20yd Shuttle: 4.73|
|3 Cone Drill: 8.16|
Pros:A versatile all around tackle with numerous moves and the ability to line up over either shoulder of the guard and at NT. Good size and strength, with adequate recognition. Not a star's star, but a solid tackle.
Cons:Though he has shown an ability to take on double teams, he spent his career getting a single blocker to his side. Has had weight issues in the past, and may have motivational issues. Struggled with a recurring back injury.
Styg's Broncos "fit": Brace looks and plays much like Raji, though he has much less talent. He, too, suffers from motivation issues, and benefitted greatly from routine one-on-ones. He did show an ability to handle double teams, but a recurring back injury makes me uneasy about competing for his services. Not enough talent here to pursue him aggressively, but if he slips to the middle of the fourth, his three star fit at NT could net us some needed size and depth.
Brace is a massive interior lineman who controls the middle. He has a quick first step, uses his hands effectively and is able to take on double teams. He uses his size to his advantage to gain the upper hand against the opposition and collapses the pocket. He’s strong against the run and flashes the ability to penetrate disrupting the quarterback.
Brace is a top run-stopping tackle who was often overshadowed by Raji. He may not be much of a pass rusher, but his ability against the run warrants such a high grade. A second-team All ACC member in 2008 and honorable mention in 2007. Has some versatility because he's a multi-technique tackle.
Scouting Reports and Offsite Links:
- Pros: Size, Strong, Athletic. Could be a good Nose Tackle in the making.
Cons: Not much of a pass rusher,not quick off the ball
Overall: Fourth Round Pick, maybe earlier to a 3-4 Defense...[see more]
- Was overshadowed by teammate B.J. Raji and certainly benefited from playing next to such a talented player but is a fine pro prospect in his own right...[see more]
- Ron Brace may never put up big numbers in the NFL, but he is the type of player that can really anchor a top defense. His strength at the point of attack and massive size will be a huge asset and could lead to him being selected to play the nose in a 3-4 scheme. He also would be a solid player at the nose in a 4-3 scheme. He was productive at BC getting into the backfield (11 TFL as a senior) but there is some concern his value was inflated because of B.J. Raji. However, his potential and size are too hard to ignore and he represents a great value in the second round or later. Teams must convince themselves that his injury history wit his back, as well as his conditioning, are non factors. [see more]