Who is Brett Brackett?

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Brett Brackett was a WR at Penn State in 2010.  He was a big WR at Penn State that is projected to be a TE in the NFL.  He is 6’6″ and 248 lbs.  I had him on my draft radar back in April as maybe a 7th round pick.  Here is a table from my April 26th article comparing Brackett to other possible third day picks in the 2011 NFL Draft.  Let’s take a look at Brackett.

Brackett has numericals that are very similar to Robert Housler out of Florida Atlantic — they are almost exactly the same size.  Bracket has very good top end speed (40 time of 4.61 sec) and lateral quickness (3-cone drill of 6.74 sec).  He has good upper body strength (bench press of 22 reps) and leaping ability (vertical jump of 34″).  Brackett only has a limited body of work with just 16 career starts.  He had good 2010 receiving production with 39 catches for 525 yards and 5 TDs as a fifth year senior.  He had at least one catch in every game of 2010.  It is also worth noting that he is a former QB.

Brackett is one of the Big Ten good guys with intelligence.  He was the recipient of Penn State’s 2010 Outstanding Senior Player Award.  He was a Big Ten Sportsmanship recipient.  He was named Academic All-Big Ten four times.  And, he has earned degrees in both Economics (2010) and Marketing (2009). 

The Brackett scouting report as a WR on the National Football Post website states … “Played all over the Penn State offense and does a nice job using his big frame to box out defenders and catch the football.  Played mostly from a two-point stance, would line up both in the slot and outside.  Lacks a great first step off the snap, lumbers into his route and doesn’t have the speed to threaten corners vertically down the field.  However, does a nice job sinking his hips into his routes and creating a bit of a burst out of his breaks. Is a natural plucker who catches the ball well off his frame and isn’t afraid to work the middle of the field, expose his body and go get the football“.  Since Brackett will play TE for the Dolphins, the adjectives associated with his “lack” of the “great” first step and his “lumbering” into his routes may not apply.  I have also read (but, could not find it again) that he likes to play nasty making him an ideal candidate for special teams with his size and speed.

So, Mr. Brett Brackett, welcome to the Miami Dolphins and the seemingly hundreds of TEs trying to make the team.  The question is … will you be the next Devone Bess — another UFAR to make the team?

As a follow-up to my recent article on Pat Devlin, looks like he had a pretty good camp day on Sunday.  Whereas Henne went 9-18 (1 interception) and Brandstater went 5-10 (1 interception) in 7-on-7 and team passing drill,  Devlin went 9-14 (no interceptions).  That is 64.3% completion percentage which is close to his 2010 season average of 68%.  Andrew Carter wrote that Devlin completed a post to Julius Pruitt between two defenders, completed a beautiful deep fade to Marlon Moore along the right sideline, and had deep pass dropped by Epps.  Let’s hope he keeps progressing.

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