Brandon Mebane is a player that has continued to grow physically, and as a football player each year in college. He signed with the Bears as a 6'1 260lb DE/DT tweener, and has developed into one of the best interior lineman in the game. After backing up as a freshman, Mebane moved into the starting lineup four games into sophomore season, and has performed at a high level ever since. He finished that season with 25 tackles, six for loss, with 2.5 sacks. As a junior, he was named All Pac 10 1st team after notching 29 tackles, 9.5 for loss, and seven sacks despite being slowed by an ankle injury. Mebane had another standout season as a senior, ending his career with the Bears with 50 tackles, 10 for loss, and four sacks.
Mebane has fantastic quickness and agility for a defensive tackle. He is an excellent penetrator, and could be a big time playmaker for an interior lineman. He gets a great jump off the snap, and after initial contact with his opponent, his quickness and ability to change direction take charge and he gets into the backfield on a consistent basis. Mebane is also a player you have to battle all game long, as he will not take a snap off. He’s a pest, and will not back down from anyone.
The only pressing question at this time with Mebane, is his true size. While he checked in at 309 at the combine, keeping weight on over the course of the season and maintaining his mobility is a question mark. He also does not hold his ground well at the point of attack, and mammoth interior lineman can push him around at times.
Brandon Mebane is a great penetrator and can hold his own in the running game, so should be in high demand as April approaches. He bulked up for the post season, but did not distinguish himself from the other tackles in this draft. He should still be a Day One selection. If he goes any lower, he may be a steal for someone.