Brantley was a former first team All-Florida selection out of high school. He spent three years in the Gators program before declaring early.
As a freshman, he collected 21 tackles, four TFLs, and three QB hurries to go with two forced fumbles.
As a sophomore, he finished with 29 tackles, 6.5 TFLs, and three sacks. He also added two QB hurries.
He finished his career after a junior year in which he totaled 31 tackles, 9.5 TFLs, and 2.5 sacks. He also added three QB hurries and one forced fumble.
Powerful player with a spark plug frame.
Has a motor, and plays with a fire in his belly.
Has had success against double teams, and is very difficult to move.
Has quickness off of the snap, and can blow up a play up the middle.
Solid body control, and plays with decent leverage at times.
Good hand usage.
He takes a straight line to plays, and it doesn't always work out.
Confidence borders on arrogance and ignorance.
Very slow in the open field, and shows general lack of athleticism.
Numbers in college do not jump off the page.
Sack and hurry numbers are very pedestrian.
All power and violence, with very little finesse. Lacks combo moves. One trick pony.
Can get drawn off sides.
Was more of a rotation guy than a full timer.
Narrow tackle radius.
Brantley is a solid middle man in the field, but he has never had to go three downs in his college career. The numbers are really very limited for me, and I am thinking he could have used another year in school. His grades show him as a first round talent, but effectively, you could probably wait until later and get better value. He is very confident in himself to the point of myopia, and that is a bad thing. For what he does, there is just better value out there.