FSU football defensive tackle Braden Fiske ended the 2023 regular season as one of the most dominant players in the ACC. His final game in the garnet and gold against Louisville in the ACC Championship game is the stuff of legend. His NFL Draft stock had already improved with his one season at FSU after transferring from Western Michigan. However, his play this week at the Reese's Senior Bowl practices has only continued that momentum. Fiske has been nearly unstoppable in all sorts of drills, displaying elite quickness off the ball, violent hands, and a relentless motor. Check out some of the footage below:
One of the biggest question marks for Fiske transferring to FSU was if he could maintain his level of play with the increase in competition at the Power 5 level. Fiske wasn't completely healthy when arriving at FSU last spring, and battled some injuries during the season, often wearing a boot when not on the field. However, FSU's depth at defensive tackle allowed him to get somewhat healthier towards the end of the season, which has improved his level of play. Fiske checked in at 6'3.5" and 295 pounds. That's not far off his 6'5" 297 listed size on the FSU website. He finished with 43 tackles, six sacks, nine tackles for a loss, and five QB hurries. The crazy part is Fiske got held like crazy by opposing offensive linemen in the first few games last season, or his numbers would have been even better.
Most NFL mock drafts have Fiske drafted in the 3rd or 4th rounds going into the Senior Bowl. However, his stock has improved over the past two days, and he'll have other opportunities to continue building on that momentum. Fiske has a few limitations that will limit how high he can go in the NFL Draft. He's already 24 years old and doesn't have great arm length, but overcomes his shortcomings with an elite motor. It'll be interesting to see how much he can continue to improve his draft stock between now and April.