2020 Season Countdown: #42 Braiden McGregor

2020 Season Countdown: #42 Braiden McGregor

August 4, 2020
Braiden McGregor

Name: Braiden McGregor
248 lbs.
High school:
Port Huron (MI) Northern
Defensive end
Jersey number:
Last year:
McGregor was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 32 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks.
TTB Rating:
90 87

McGregor lost some steam during the 2020 recruiting cycle after he played in the first seven games and then suffered a knee injury. He was in 5-star range at one point and ranked #28 overall when he committed, but those recruits often drop down a little bit, and the injury didn’t help. Not only did that perhaps dim some hopes for him, but he also wasn’t able to participate in any post-season All-American showcases.

I’m bumping McGregor down from a 90 to an 87 for one main reason: I rated Aidan Hutchinson an 88, and I think McGregor is a step behind him. Hutchinson is extremely technical, whereas McGregor is probably a little better overall athlete. I think McGregor will take a year to get up to speed with the college game, and then he should probably step in for Kwity Paye as a sophomore in 2021.

Prediction: Backup defensive end

Hit the jump for his junior highlights (no senior highlight reel exists, as far as I know).


  1. Avatar
    Comments: 1863
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    Aug 04, 2020 at 10:15 PM

    By next year, this kid should be one of those “reload” types the elite programs enjoy

  2. Lanknows
    Comments: 6182
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Aug 05, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    Never count on a freshman, but I don’t see too many proven bodies in the way. Hutchinson is likely to continue to play some DT and he and Paye can’t play every snap anyway. If he is healthy and the athlete he is reported to be, I suspect McGregor will get put out there quite a bit, in obvious passing situations if not much more.

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