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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Summary: Brandon Easterling, DB, Dayton

Brandon Easterling Dayton 2021 NFL draft
Brandon Easterling the playmaking defensive back from Dayton University is a long and athletic ball hawk who has NFL written all over him.

By Craig Forrestal

Brandon Easterling

  • School: Dayton
  • Position: SS
  • HT: 6ft
  • WT: 205
  • Hometown: Fairborn, Ohio
  • High School: Fairborn
  • Recruit Ranking:
    • Rivals: Not Ranked
    • 247: Not Ranked
    • ESPN: Not Ranked

2017 Season
• Played in 10 games, making one start
• Recorded 15 tackles on the year
• Had one interception against Marist
• Recognized as the ROTC Cannonball Award winner, which goes to the team’s top newcomer

2018 Season
• Competed in 8 games for the Flyers, earning two starts
• Totaled 24 tackles on the season
• Had an interception against Duquesne

2019 Season

• Totaled 140 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, 10 passes defended and three forced fumbles
• Recognized as a 2019 FCS All-American by HERO Sports, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Associated Press and STATS FCS 
• Named a finalist for FCS Stats’ Buck Buchanan Award, the top defensive player in FCS football. 
• Led FCS football in per game solo tackles (7.5) and was second in total tackles (12.7)
• Finished second by 0.058 tackles per game to Montana’s Dante Olson
• Tied for second in interceptions per game (0.5) and tied for third in fumbles recovered (3)
• 9 total turnovers acquired (six interceptions, three fumbles) were the most in FCS football
• 100-yard interception return at Drake on Nov. 16
• First Team All-Pioneer Football League, and was named the winner of Dayton’s top defensive honor, the Chief Toscani Hitter Award

Summary

Easterling was a guy that people came away loving after taking a trip to Dayton, Ohio, to see current New Orleans Saints TE Adam Trautman. Easterling is a safety that likes to come downhill and can show a LB like mentality at times. A natural playmaker, Easterling has also proven to be a valuable contributor on special teams during his college career. After an eye-popping 2019 season, Easterling finds himself as a legitimate NFL Draft prospect.

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