Bryan Bresee
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Bresee at the 2023 NFL Combine
No. 90 – New Orleans Saints
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (2001-10-06) October 6, 2001 (age 22)
Damascus, Maryland, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school:Damascus (MD)
College:Clemson (2020–2022)
NFL draft:2023 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:24
Pass deflections:6
Player stats at PFR

Bryan Bresee (/brəˈz/ brə-ZEE; born October 6, 2001) is an American football defensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson and was selected by the Saints in the first round of the 2023 NFL draft.

Early years

Bresee played football at Urbana High School in Frederick, Maryland before transferring to Damascus High School in Damascus, Maryland. In both 2017 and 2019, he helped lead Damascus to state championship victories. Bresee was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and was ranked as the nation's top overall recruit by 247Sports.[1] He committed to Clemson, turning down offers from Penn State, Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio State.[2] He was named to the All-American Bowl following his senior season.[3]

College career

Bresee with the Clemson Tigers in 2020

Bresee started every game for Clemson as a freshman in 2020, recording 33 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. In the CFP Semi Finals, Bresee performed 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack in the Tigers loss to Ohio State. At the conclusion of his freshman season, he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Defensive Rookie of the Year, and an All-ACC first team member.[4] In 2021, Bresee suffered an ACL tear, which cut his season short to only four games, but nevertheless earned All-ACC honors.[5] In 2022, Bresee missed several games due to injury and family matters but once again earned All-ACC honors.[5]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Bench press
6 ft 5+12 in
(1.97 m)
298 lb
(135 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
4.86 s 1.71 s 2.82 s 4.38 s 7.41 s 29.0 in
(0.74 m)
22 reps

Bresee was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the 29th pick in the first round of the 2023 NFL draft.[8] He recorded his first career half sack in the season opener, a 16–15 win over the Tennessee Titans.[9] His first full sack came three weeks later in a 9–26 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[10]

NFL career statistics

Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck TFL FF FR Yds TD Int Yds TD PD
2023 NO 17 0 24 12 12 4.5 7 6
Career 17 0 24 12 12 4.5 7 6

Personal life

Bresee's sister Ella died from brain cancer in 2022 at the age of 15.[11]


  1. ^ "Bryan Bresee, Clemson Tigers, Strong-Side Defensive End". 247Sports. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  2. ^ Wells, Adam (April 23, 2019). "5-Star DL Prospect Bryan Bresee Commits to Clemson over Ohio State and Penn State". Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  3. ^ Ricardo, Chad (November 4, 2019). "Damascus senior gets jersey for All-American Bowl". NBC Sports Washington. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  4. ^ Adams, Anna (December 23, 2020). "Bryan Bresee named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year". Clemson247. Retrieved April 2, 2023.
  5. ^ a b "2023 NFL Draft: Clemson DL Bryan Bresee, former No. 1 recruit, declares after All-ACC career". January 2, 2023. Retrieved April 2, 2023.
  6. ^ "Bryan Bresee Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". Retrieved April 13, 2023.
  7. ^ "2023 NFL Draft Scout Bryan Bresee College Football Profile". Retrieved April 13, 2023.
  8. ^ "New Orleans Saints draft Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee with pick 29 in the 2023 NFL Draft". April 27, 2023. Retrieved July 14, 2023.
  9. ^ "Derek Carr's New Orleans debut is a success as the Saints edge the Titans 16–15". September 11, 2023. Retrieved December 16, 2023.
  10. ^ "Baker Mayfield has 3 TD passes, ailing Derek Carr ineffective as Buccaneers top Saints 26–9". October 2, 2023. Retrieved December 16, 2023.
  11. ^ Weisholtz, Drew (September 15, 2022). "Clemson football star mourns death of sister, 15, from brain cancer". Retrieved April 2, 2023.