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Notes: Watch newly-drafted Brian Branch receive an emotional message from brother

After being selected in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, Detroit Lions defensive back Brian Branch received an emotional message from his brother.

2023 NFL Draft - Portraits Photo by Todd Rosenberg/Getty Images

One thing ultimately frustrating about how big the NFL Draft has become is how the forest is lost for the trees. We obsess over mock draft and draft grades, but forget how special of a three-day event it truly is. This isn’t just about your favorite football team getting better, it’s about young men making their life-long dreams come true. It’s rare that we get a deep look into that life-changing moment and how it affects these people and their loved one.

It’s why I can’t get enough of the videos where players are receiving that call from their new team. We’ve already seen a couple of amazing videos hit the internet, whether it be wide receiver Josh Downs absolutely frozen in emotion on the phone with the Colts or Dallas Cowboys scout Chris Vaughn calling his son, Deuce, letting him know they’re about to draft him.

We’ve yet to see the Detroit Lions videos of these moments (from the player’s point of view), but the NFL did release this awesome video with Lions second-round pick Brian Branch. Branch, who was the only player invited to the NFL Draft who decided to stick around despite not being drafted in the first round, was shown an emotional video from his brother.

No more setup needed. Enjoy.

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