by J.T. Toth
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Today’s Spotlight - Florida State, Defensive Line, Braden Fiske
Name- Braden Fiske
Pos- Defensive Line
Team- Florida State
HT/WT- 6’5” 297 lbs.
Home – Michigan City, IN
Braden Fiske was a four-year letterman at Michigan City High School in Indiana. He was a three-star defensive lineman who was a three-time All-Duneland Conference selection. Fiske was an exceptional baseball player as well for Michigan City. During his senior season, Fiske committed to Western Michigan to play football.
Fiske took a redshirt in 2018 after only getting on the field for 2 games and playing a grand total of 19 snaps. In 2019, he played in 12 games, missing the bowl game with an injury. He was part of a rotation on the defensive line and collected 24 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery.
In the Covid-shortened season of 2020, Fiske was starting to show some dominance on the defensive line. He finished the 6 game season with 23 tackles, 5.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks and became a full-time starter in 2021, starting all 13 games and setting career highs in tackles with 43. He also set career highs in TFL with 7.5 and sacks with 3.5.
Fiske had his biggest season for the Broncos in 2022. He started all 12 games and had 59 tackles to go along with 12 TFL and 6 sacks and was responsible for 3 forced fumbles in a season that saw Fiske become a late round draft prospect. He decided, however, not to enter the NFL Draft but instead, he entered the transfer portal. Fiske, one of the top portal defensive linemen, decided to play his last season at Florida State.
This past season with the Seminoles, Fiske was one of the leaders on a defense that went 13-1 and just missed out on playing in the college playoffs. He started 13 games for Florida State and tallied 43 tackles, 9 TFL and 6 sacks.
Braden Fiske is quick off the snap and can create pressure with his initial movement. His motor is always churning, and he is never out of a play. He does a good job of getting back off the ground and finding the football right away when he does. He’s got great footwork when stunting and has a good set of counter moves that help him to seal up the gaps. When one-on-one with blockers, Fiske uses violent hands and keeps blockers away from him with his reach. For a larger man, he plays with athletic agility and moves laterally without losing a step.
On the other hand, Fiske has moments of exploding off the ball too high, losing his leverage and putting him in quicksand. He has a compact build but lacks the mass to be able to sustain combo blocks in the middle. When watching Fiske, you can see that he plays with stiff hips and lacks the change of direction needed at times. Though he is efficient at using his hands, his strength will be tested strength at the NFL level. Going up against the longer, stronger offensive linemen will be a challenge for him, and he will be entering the draft as a 24-year-old rookie. His aggressiveness and hustle are definitely a part of his game, but once he gets to the ball carrier, he needs to do a better job of hitting and wrapping up.
A good comparison for Braden Fiske may be John Cominsky. Cominsky was a 4th round pick out of Charleston College in 2019. Both players are not going to wow you in the box score, but they do the little things that are needed to succeed. Cominsky has carved out a nice career in the NFL and Fiske has a bit more athleticism than Cominsky.
Quick off snap
Braden Fiske is a tough, compact defensive tackle who has pass rushing skills. He projects to a team playing a 4-3 and can be an effective cog in the middle of a team’s defensive line. Draft Nation thinks he is a solid pick in the middle to late rounds who adds good depth to a team.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 4th round or 5th round