Chat with Alan Branch
From Branch's Scouts, Inc. profile: "A massive two-gap interior defender with excellent height, bulk and strength. He possesses a massive frame and is able to occupy two blockers in the run game. He shows good initial quickness for his size and typically does a solid job of playing with leverage for such a tall guy. He shows good balance and body control for his size. He gives a great effort on most plays and shows better than average stamina for his massive frame."
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Buzzmaster (12:58 PM)
Alan will be here shortly. Keep the questions coming!
Brian los angeles, ca
which team has showed the most interest in you? which scheme do you prefer: 3-4 or 4-3?
Alan Branch (1:12 PM)
A lot of teams have shown interest, especially the Panthers, Broncos, Detroit, Texans. As far as the scheme it does not matter to me, I know how to play in both and I have played in both. Last year I was playing the 4-3 so that is the freshest in my head, so if I had to pick I guess I would say the 4-3.
Is there anywhere in particular you want to get drafted?
Alan Branch (1:13 PM)
Not really. I know certain people say they don't like playing in certain weather, but I just like playing football to tell you the truth.
What is the best memory you have during your career at Michigan
Alan Branch (1:14 PM)
It would have to be either the win over Penn. St. on that last drive in '05, or the first half of last season when our D was shutting people down...I will never forget that.
Sergio (Dallas, TX)
I've read alot about your experience in playing multiple positions along the DL, but if you were given the opportunity to choose by the team that drafts you, which position (DE, DT, or NT) and side (L or R) would you prefer?
Alan Branch (1:15 PM)
First of all i don't mind the side, I will play right or left because I am comfortable on both sides. But as far as choosing a position I would probably play the three, but if I wanted to get sacks I would like to play DE.
Deriek (Eugene, OR)
Who would you compare yourself to in the NFL?
Alan Branch (1:16 PM)
Richard Seymour because he can play so many positions, inside and out. So he is a guy I would like to model my game after.
Isaac, Ann Arbor, MI
What goes into the decision of staying at UofM or declaring for the draft?
Alan Branch (1:18 PM)
What it really came down to is I am a competitor; since I was little I've been that way, and the NFL has the best in the world, and I wanted to test myself and show people what I am capable of.
With the 6th overall selection, the Washington Redskins select "Alan Branch". How do you think its going to feel just to hear your name called in the Draft?
Alan Branch (1:19 PM)
I've been trying to imagine it, but I still can't really picture it. It is hard to explain, you have been working so hard all your life for something and it is on the verge of coming true, it is hard to describe.
Matt (Scottsdale, AZ)
Alan, I have to say that I am sad to see you leave early but I wish you all the best in the pros. How do you see Michigan's D shaping up for next year?
Alan Branch (1:20 PM)
I think they will be just fine without me. We are a very deep team on both sides of the ball, and that is what makes us so good. And on O they have most of the leaders back. But we should be fine on both sides. And I have full confidence in the guys that will step in for all of us that left.
brian hewlett ny
after playing at michagin do you think the atmosphere at nfl games will let you down?
Alan Branch (1:22 PM)
I don't think I will be let down, but it may take a while to get used to not playing in front of 100,000 each game. But I will never be let down by something that I have been working for my whole life.
How do you feel about some critics saying that you could be better if you consistently worked-out and had a better work ethic?
Alan Branch (1:22 PM)
Everybody that knows me knows that I work hard so that is not even a question.
Riley (Pullman, WA)
Why did you pick number 80 to wear in college and what number will you want to wear in the NFL?
Alan Branch (1:24 PM)
Honestly it is a funny story how I got 80, because I really wanted the number 90, but it wasn't available, and I picked receiver number hoping they wouldnt give it to me, but when I showed up that's the number I had...As far as the NFL anything in the 90s will be fine.
Aiden (Tampa, Florida)
Hey Alan, how did you like your last year in Michigan? And who at the combine has impressed you the most?
Alan Branch (1:26 PM)
As far as the combine Akoye looked great, I mean the guy is only 19 and he is dominating which is crazy. He impressed me a lot, probably because of his age. And I loved my last year at Michigan; I had a great time.
Alan Branch (1:28 PM)
Thanks for the support and for stopping by to chat with me for a bit. And I just want to let you all know that I will play my heart out in the coming years just like I did in college. Bye!