BRANDON STEPHENS | SMU | DC | #23 | rSr | 6007 | 219 | Plano, TX | Plano HS | 12.29.97
Arriving at SMU back in 2019, Stephens put together solid tape quietly. He has really good size and has a tall presence on the field. Stephens is long and utilizes his length to break up passes. He flashed the ability to track the ball downfield. In coverage, Stephens does a good job of mirroring wideouts and staying in their hip pocket. There were a lot of times where the receiver Stephens was covering was the quarterback's first read, but he had to go elsewhere because of Stephens' sticky coverage. Speed and twitchiness will be Stephens' concerns in transitioning to the next level. He did a sound job in coverage, but his athletic pitfalls are far too prevalent in his game. That lack of speed hurt him against the faster receivers that he faced. They eventually got a step or two on him because he couldn't stay attached down the field. In terms of twitch, he doesn't get to his spot quickly enough. Stephens was a step late a lot of the time on the field. Safety could be an option with his skill set. There is talent there, which is why he is worthy of being a late-round flier or priority free agent in the worst-case scenario.
Raised in the Dallas, Texas area. Three-star recruit according to 247Sports. Working on his Master’s in Liberal Studies. Played in seven games as a freshman. Played in 12 games as a sophomore. Played in two games and redshirted. Transferred from UCLA to SMU, where he played running back. Started all 13 games as a junior. Started all 10 games as a senior. Declared for the NFL Draft with one additional year of eligibility. Received an NFLPA Bowl invite. Parents are separated. Raised by his mother who is in real estate. Occasionally talks to his father. Two siblings. One sister is a Molecular Geneticist. Related to Lady Vols and WNBA champion Alexis Hornbuckle. Has a girlfriend. Played basketball and participated in track in high school. Was an honor-roll student in high school.
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