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Alan Branch
No. 78     Arizona Cardinals
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: December 29, 1984 (1984-12-29) (age 25)
Place of birth: Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 338 lb (153 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
Debuted in 2007 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Alan Keith Branch (born December 29, 1984) is an American football defensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals. He attended the University of Michigan.


High school career

Branch attended Cibola High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to playing on the defensive line, Branch also played offensive tackle as well as running back and punt returner in high school. He scored 3 rushing touchdowns and 2 receiving touchdowns in his senior season and 5 punt return touchdowns for his career.

Branch was a fairly highly regarded recruit coming out of high school, ranked as high as #6 nationally among defensive tackles.

Branch was also a three year starter on the varsity basketball team, earning all-district honors as a sophomore and was second team all-state as a junior.



College career

Branch, along with fellow defensive all-star LaMarr Woodley, anchored one of the best defenses in college football in 2006. He had 57 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and nine sacks in 35 career games at Michigan. He had his first interception and a fumble recovery against Ohio State on November 18, 2006. Branch played both defensive tackle and defensive end at Michigan.

  • 2006 All-American Team
  • 2006 All-Big Ten Conference First Team (coaches and media)

NFL career

Branch was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the 33rd overall pick in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. The Cardinals acquired the pick from the Oakland Raiders. As of the eighth week of the 2009 season, Branch has recorded seven tackles and two sacks for the Cardinals.[1]

Measurables (2007 Combine)

  • 6'6
  • 324 pounds
  • 5.07 40 yard dash
  • 28 Inch Vertical
  • 33 Reps of 225
  • 7.56 3-Cone Drill
  • 4.79 20 Yard Shuttle
  • 8'11 broad jump


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