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DE Bronson Kaufusi picked in third round

Bronson Kaufusi is a tremendous athlete from an athletic family.

Bronson Kaufusi is a tremendous athlete from an athletic family.

With their second pick on the second day and third in the draft, the Ravens continued to improve the trenches, drafting athletic defensive end Bronson Kaufusi out of BYU.

Kaufusi is a natural athlete with great size at 6-foot-6, 285-pounds, hailing from an athletic family. His father was one of his coaches at BYU and he was very honest and critical of his son’s weaknesses. That helped him work on the areas he needed to work on rather than just focusing on his strengths. Relatively, he’s pretty polished at the position and is good at finding the runner down the line of scrimmage. He has a very high motor and never took plays off. With a big frame, he has room to grow too.

Entering his senior season, Kaufusi had 15 career sacks and 24 tackles for a loss and had a career-year as a senior with 11 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss along with six quarterback hits.

But despite the pass rushing number in college, Kaufusi is probably more likely to be a productive edge setter against the run. His legs strength has been listed as a concern and he has been re-directed when blocked on angles. Much of his sack production came on extended plays rather than off a quick burst into the backfield.

Because he had to take a two-year mission before starting his collegiate career at BYU, Kaufusi is very mature, both physical and mentally, but that also means he may have limited upside. He failed to move to outside linebacker in college, so at 285-pounds, he’ll have to bulk up a little bit in order to play consistently on a 3-4 defensive front.

Still, the Ravens needed to add another defensive end to improve their 12th ranked run defense. Last year the Ravens allowed 103.8 yards per game. That was third in the AFC North, where the Steelers have dynamic running back Le’Veon Bell and the Cincinnati Bengals have a two-headed monster out of the backfield with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.

If he provides a pass rushing threat it is a plus.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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