Brailford impressed in limited action in 2015 after redshirting his first year in Stillwater, registering 23 tackles, including 3.5 for loss and a sack. He took a medical redshirt in 2016 with a shin injury and then missed the following spring after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Brailford teased with his talent in 2017, earning All-Big 12 (second team) honors with 57 tackles, including 10.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks and emerged as one of the most productive edge rushers in the country in 2018.
He was named first-team All-Big 12, posting career-highs with 54 tackles, including 16 for loss and nine sacks. Braiford followed up his breakout campaign with a solid showing at the East-West Shrine Game, suggesting that his arrow may be moving up with the injuries hopefully behind him.
If teams can get past the lack of preferred size there is a lot to offer on Brailford's college tape. He is a good-looking athlete on the hoof with broad shoulders, a well-built upper body, tapered middle and a powerful, coordinated lower half.
With the quick-twitch explosiveness to beat tackles off the ball with his speed rush, Brailford shows burst out of two- and three-point stances. He plays with a see-ball, get-ball mentality, aggression and closing speed when he has a direct line, including when racing through gaps as an off-ball linebacker.
Position coaches will quickly see Brailford's hand usage is not an asset. When blockers get their hands on him, it is usually game over. He can convert speed to power as a hitter, generating explosiveness with three forced fumbles the past two seasons.
Projection: Third Round
--Field Level Media