Northwestern, Penn State
His greatest strength has been his durability, starting 40 straight games at LT. He shows good lateral agility and flashes the ability to recover quickly. He has decent hand placement. He handles power rushes very well. He has adequate overall strength and does not panic while handling stunts. He has enough speed to get outside in space to block as well. He has good size and could still add a little more to his frame.
He can lean too forward in pass pro and get easily knocked off balance and beat. He also struggles against pure speed rushers whether straight outside or quick inside move. He is not a mauler and has a questionable motor as he gets his block and does not look for more. He tends to have poor space awareness. He fails too often to pick up a block in space or gives a poor effort not lending much help to others. He needs to work on his grip strength to truly hold some blocks.
Brenden made 40 consecutive starts at LT, one shy of the program record after opting out before the final game of the season. Having gone vegan prior to the season, he does not look like his listed playing weight and could add some more strength to his frame. While playing LT during his career, a move inside at the NFL should happen. While having good lateral agility, it is not elite. Overall, he handles power rushers well and can recover and anchor defenders, he struggles against speed rushers both outside and with inside moves. He also needs to improve his hand grip and motor as he typically won't look for a second block or assist a QB who is scrambling. He does handle stunts well and while he is not a mauler, he has flashed the ability to recover, re-anchor and handle stunts effectively that he should still be effective operating at guard. He shows poor awareness in space by not even blocking anyone or giving a poor effort at a block at times that he will need to drastically improve, although he has the speed to get outside and block. He will need time to adjust to guard and to work on his flaws but he can be a good backup lineman with some more training.
Brenden is an average athlete for a tackle, not elite and going to blow you away at all but also servicable enough across the board. He has enough speed to protect the corner but elite speed will beat him. He can laterally move pretty well but tends to get off balance when doing so. He can explode, be quick off the ball and show some good force but sometimes he can't get a reach block in fully or quickly has a defender in his face throwing him off as well. He can also get flat footed and making him an easy target for a quick rip move.
Movement off L.O.S.
Pull & Block Outside
Adjust in Space
Use of Hands
Big Play Ability
Jaimes as an in-line blocker is not terrible. He has enough athleticism and speed to typically get to a reach block in time. He has good strength but does not always create movement off of the LOS. He has good hand usage as well and typically maintains good leverage in his blocks. He can pull outside well but is a bad blocker in space. He does not adjust well and often does not look for more blocks past his first asignment.
He can protect the corner well enough, but can struggle mirroring defenders when taken outside. Speed rushers with a good inside move or that can effectively turn speed into power are a real nightmare for Brenden. He has the ability to anchor and reset, just not always consistent with it or its too late to be able to anchor. His hands can use some work. He too often lets the block come to him instead of using a punch. He also can get too far forward in his stance leaving an easy get around for defenders. He needs to learn to be patient, keep his stance and move his feet to stay in control.
Ability to Combat Inside Move
While he set a record for most consecutive starts for a linman at NU, he shows a lack of toughness on the field. While he works on his initial required block, he rarely runs unitl the whistle blows and that includes looking for additional blocks or helping out teammates. He doesn't seem to have the mauler mindset when he plays making me questions hish love of the game.
For all of his playing time, he still seems to ack some facets on the field you'd expect him to master. He can still have mental lapses and miss either blocks all together or not capture a stunt. As noted with his motor and drive, you'd expect a bigger effort from a 4 year starter on the field. He seems to communicate well but he shouldn't have as many miscues as he does at this stage in his game.