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Brandon Graham
NFL Draft Scouting Report

Defensive End

Michigan


College Position: Defensive End
School: Michigan
Grade: Senior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 265
Birthdate: 04-03-1988
Draft Projection: Mid First
Overall Rank: 19
NFL Draft Position (Rank): Defensive End (3)
3-4 Linebacker (3)

Draft Result

Drafted in the 2010 Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1st round with the #13 pick.
The Eagles added a trench warrior in the Andy Reid mold while filling their need for a defensive end with the selection of Brandon Graham. He lacks ideal size but has a non-stop motor and is a dynamic pass rusher in the Dwight Freeney mold. His value goes beyond being a one dimensional pass rusher as Graham is factor against the run as witnessed by his 26 TFL in 2009. His abilities against the run and pass may limit the need to blitz as often as the Eagles have in the past thus cutting down on the number big plays they give up.

Strengths

  • An energizer bunny - Plays with excellent intensity and a high motor
  • Never gives up on a play
  • Tremendous burst off the ball
  • Gets good leverage
  • Plays under control when making plays in the backfield
  • Tenacious two-way player who is equally adept at rushing the passer and stopping the run 
  • 26 TFL (led Division I) and 10.5 sacks in 2009
  • Powerfully built. Tremendous lower body strength
  • Good football IQ
  • One of the most impressive players at the 2010 Senior Bowl
  

Weaknesses

  • A tweener without a true position 
  • Undersized for a 4-3 DE but likely the position his skills fit best
  • Hasn't shown the athleticism to drop into coverage as a 3-4 OLB or SLB
  • Short arms
  • Has a tendency to bite on misdirection plays

News

2011 NFL Draft Pick Analysis: Which Positions Provide the Best Value - Mar 17 (Fran Duffy)
NFL Draft Slot Analysis: Do First Round Draft Slots Matter - Mar 13 (Fran Duffy)
2011 NFL Mock Draft: Early Season Edition - Oct 13 (Chris Maier)
2011 NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Season Edition - Aug 7 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Draft Grades: NFC East - Apr 29 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Winners, Losers and More Through Day Two - Apr 23 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Raul Colon's Mock Draft - Final Edition - Apr 21 (Chris Maier)
2010 Intersite NFL Mock Draft - Mar 16 (Chris Maier)
Pro Day Re-Cap: March 3rd - March 12th - Mar 13 (Chris Maier)
Raul Colon's 2010 NFL Mock Draft - Post Combine - Mar 7 (Raul Colon)
2010 NFL Scouting Combine: Who and What To Watch - Feb 22 (Chris Maier)
2010 Senior Bowl Winners and Losers - Feb 6 (Chris Maier)
2010 Senior Bowl Preview: Who and What To Watch - Jan 25 (Chris Maier)
2010 Post-Thanksgiving Mock Draft - Two Rounds - Nov 28 (Chris Maier)
Feeling a Draft: Okung the most valuable Top 10 Commodity? - Nov 21 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Mock Draft - An Early Look - Sep 30 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Top 10 DE Prospects - Jul 18 (Dan Wernery)

Mock Draft Results


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