The NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up this past weekend and the next step in the draft process will be pro days. The New Orleans Saints will be looking to fill one of their needs with the 29th overall selection in the 2023 NFL Draft after the news of the black and gold signing Derek Carr to a four-year contract. New Orleans could still go quarterback, but that will likely come as early as the second round. Mock drafts have been going different ways to who they have the Saints taking with their lone first-round draft selection and in the latest mock draft by ESPN’s Todd McShay he has them taking Bryan Bresee out of Clemson.
Bryan Bresee is Exactly What the Saints Need:
New Orleans main priority heading into the offseason is add bodies to the interior of the defensive line. The Saints will have some decisions to make on their pending free agents including David Onyemata, Shy Tuttle and Malcolm Roach. Bolstering the interior is what Bresee can provide to the Saints and McShay sees the talent on his tape:
“Bresee is coming off a tough season–he record just 3.5 sacks and dealt with a kidney infection and the death of his sister–but we can see the talent on the tape. At 6-6 and 298 pounds, he displays great upper-body strength and quick hands. I like the fit as as run-plugger in the middle of the Saints’ defense, replacing David Onyemata. The Saints’ run D gave up 4.5 yards per carry last season, which ranked 20th.”
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Bresee had a successful collegiate career with Clemson as he was credited with 64 career total tackles (15.0 for loss), 9.0 sacks, four pass breakups, an interception, a forced fumble and a safety in 915 snaps from scrimmage over 26 games (21 starts).
During the 2022 season, Bresee was a Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist, a second-team All-ACC selection and a fourth-team All-ACC pick. Bresee registered 16 tackles (5.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and two pass breakups in 329 snaps from scrimmage over 10 games (seven starts).
Bryan Bresee Scouting Report:
Hear from the Draft Network on what Bresee showcases on the field and how his natural athleticism is quickly evident to scouts around the league:
“Brese has showcased the needed versatility to play up and down the line at Clemson and I think in the right scheme (penetration based) he could offer similar versatility in the front at the NFL level—particularly with Clemson’s tendency to reduce him down as a head-up rusher on the center to try to dictate 5-0 protection calls from the opposition.
Bresee is also accustomed to drawing a crowd and his movement skills and motor allow him to routinely play through that added attention and ensure he’s providing a sufficient level of flow to the football in order to allow him to help clean up extended plays. He’s a prototypical build to play in the B-gap at the NFL level and, when fully healthy, he’s a chore for interior blockers.”
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Bresee excels at finding the ball wall and explodes into the backfield at the snap. He is also capable of of being strong at the point of attack against the run and he has the versatility to play down the line. Bresee would be able to step in quickly for the Saints and be difference maker during his rookie season in the NFL. New Orleans is in desperate need of improving the interior of the defensive line and Bresee would be a home-run selection late in the first round.
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