Mississippi State Senior
Has a short, squat build that makes him effective in a short area. Can initiate contact and when he does has a nice, strong punch. Shows ability to anchor in pass protection. Can get position and wall off a defender at the point of attack. Has good mean streak and finishes his blocks. Can get the seal on the second level. Shows ability to pull and can also make the cut block.
Lacks pop as a run blocker. Gets overextended and limits his ability to get position, and struggles to lock on for similar reasons. Can't consistently deliver his punch and initiate contact with the nose tackle. Comes off the ball with his hands too low and needs to learn how to get them up and get better placement on his punch. Will get pushed back into the backfield at times and gets jolted back by defender. Struggles to locate moving targets on the second level and not that athletic.
Brignone is for the most part an effective center, but he's limited. He's not a great athlete and doesn't have great size. If he can improve his technique, he stands a chance at the next level. But he's a project that probably won't ever be a reliable starter. He started 34 games at center the past three years, also logged 1 start at left guard as a sophomore. Plays primarily as a backup guard as a freshman.
Brignone's past experience as a guard helps him, but he's not a guy that you want playing extensive minutes at guard at the pro level. His short stature and less than ideal athleticism will make him struggle quite a bit there. The main issue with Brignone is his hands. If he was better at delivering his punch and getting good position inside with his hands, then he would be an acceptable starting center prospect at the next level. The issues with his less than stellar athleticism wouldn't be a huge obstacle. But until he improves those hands, he's really not much more than a reserve center prospect. If he can show he can also fill in at guard, then he can stick in the pros as a reserve. And down the road, as he refines his technique and hands, he can be a capable stopgap starter. But otherwise, he's just an average backup center that eventually teams are going to find bigger, stronger, more athletic or more polished prospects and replace him.
Brignone can compete in Atlanta. He has the sort of mean streak that the team covets, but I don't think he's a guy that is going to make too many waves here in Atlanta. He's good enough to land a practice squad spot, but he probably wouldn't because I don 't think he offers a ton of future upside that makes him worth developing. Or at least if he did, he isn't a guy that is likely to stick beyond a year or two.
Brignone shouldn't be drafted, but a team should give him a look in camp and see what he can do.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Pass Blocking: 2.5
Run Blocking: 2.5
Mean Streak: 3.5
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