As a sophomore in 2013, Bronson Kaufusi broke into the starting lineup as a defensive end and made a major impact for the BYU Cougars. But this season, Kaufusi has an opportunity to make a name for himself as he switches positions and make a case to be selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. Will he prove up to the challenge and help the BYU defense take things to the next level in 2014?
From his defensive end position last year, Kaufusi provided a consistent pass rush and shared the team lead for sacks (four) with current NFL rookie Kyle Van Noy. On top of that, he added seven tackles for loss, six passes broken up, three quarterback pressures, a forced fumble, and an interception returned for a touchdown. He was BYU’s most disruptive defensive linemen in 2013 but will see if he can be just as productive from a new position this fall.
The BYU coaching staff has decided to move Kaufusi from his defensive end position to outside linebacker to replace Van Noy in the starting lineup. He’s a very intriguing prospect at that position to his incredible length at 6-foot-7 and 263 pounds. Despite that size, BYU coaches feel he is athletic and fluid enough to turn and run with offensive players in coverage while still being able to bring pressure in the pass rush.
If Kaufusi can make the transition in 2014, he will be one of the most intriguing defensive prospects in the country next season. Blending his size and pass-rushing ability with the agility to drop into coverage makes him a complete player who could garner a lot of attention if he thrives in his new position next season.