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Brandon Linder

Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein

Brandon Linder Photo: 24/7 Sports

Breakdown:

#65
Class: Senior
Height: 6'5 1/4"
Weight: 311 lbs.
School: Miami (FL)
Bio:
  • Second-team All-ACC (2013)
  • Miami Hurricanes Offensive MVP (2013)
  • Started ten games at RG and three times at RT
  • Third-team All-ACC (2012)
  • 42 career starts

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Linder accepted an invitation to compete in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile.
  • On Tuesday, the former Hurricane had an up and down day - some great reps, some sorry reps.  He definitely looks the part at times, but questions have arisen as to whether his technique issues can be solved by an NFL staff.  A perfect example of this was when he stoned Penn State's DaQuan Jones on one rep and on the next set of reps he got rag dolled by Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman.
  • The following day, Linder really struggled holding off bull rushers as UConn DT Shemar Stephen and Pitt DT Aaron Donald got under Linder's pads and pushed him deep into the pocket on one on one drills.  I want to believe that Linder just needs better technique, but his core strength has to be examined closely on tape.

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • 40 yard dash - 5.35 seconds
  • Bench Press - 30 reps
  • Vertical Jump - 26.5"
  • Broad Jump - 8'4"

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 34 1/2"
  • Hand size - 10 1/4"

Pros

  • Shows good lateral quickness and nimble feet
  • Understands angles and connects with targets on the move in zone game
  • Durable
  • Comfortably carries his 318 pounds
  • Glides to the 2nd level and breaks down in space effetively
  • When hand placement is good, shows functional strength

Cons

  • Appears to possess poor arm length for his height
  • Hands get too wide in pass protection
  • Technique will falter due to lack of confidence in arm length
  • More of a stalemater than a winner at the point of attack
  • Waist bender more than you would like

Film Room

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1:05 Able to keep DT engaged and out of the play on outside zone
2:02 Lazy with left hand punches and gets beat inside
3:03 Hands too wide and tries to lean into block in anticipation of contact
3:20 Able to stand up NT and wall him off while rolling hips underneath him
4:10 Hands outside shoulder pads which is holding waiting to happen

Report

Brandon Linder was a durable, full-time starter for the Hurricanes at right guard over the last three years and played three games at right tackle during teammate Seantrel Henderson's suspension.
 
Linder may be 6'6"/311, but he doesn't always play like it.  He's tall but not long and he shows all the tell-tale signs of an offensive linemen who is worried about getting beat by guys who can get into him more quickly than he can get into them.  Wide hands trying to "corral" defenders, leaning into his pass pro sets and a delayed punch are all signs that a lineman doesn't trust his length.
 
Linder's functional strength seems to be a moving target as it shows up for the most part, but disappears at other times due, in part, to technique issues.  I'm a fan of Linder's overall athleticism and lateral movement and see him as a clear fit into a more zone-oriented scheme.