Brandon Graham Scouting Report

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Brandon Graham Scouting Report

Position: OLB
Conference: Big10
School: Michigan Wolverines
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #55
Height & Weight: 6'2 - 263 lbs.
Drafted 1.13 in 2010 by PHI

2010 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.72
Bench press31

2010 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Brandon Graham, OLB, Michigan

Brandon Graham is currently the best pass rusher in the Big Ten, and one of the top four or five pass rushers in all of college football. In 46 career games, he has accumulated 56 tackles for loss and 29.5 sacks. Graham's biggest question mark (as far as his draft status is concerned), is what positions he'll be able to play in the NFL. At 6'2 and 263 pounds he has good size for a 4-3 defensive end, but there are questions about whether or not he will be able to effectively drop into coverage if he plays as a 3-4 outside linebacker. If he is seen as a potential fit at either position, he'll increase his draft stock tremendously. Regardless of what position scouts see him at, he is a consensus late first round or early second round prospect. His best fit may be as a defensive end for a team that runs a version of the cover 2 defense. He isn't the biggest end, but he plays the run extremely well for his size. He does a great job of turning ball carriers back inside and right into his linebackers. Couple that with his quick first step and wide array of pass rushing maneuvers, and he is similar in a lot of ways to Robert Mathis of the Indianapolis Colts. Brandon Graham put on quite a show at the 2010 Senior Bowl. After a solid week of practice, Graham dominated the game registering 5 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and forcing a fumble. This performance against other top senior players may have vaulted him into the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.

Last Updated Feb-15-2010 by Randall Weida

9 Comments | Add Yours
Prediction: 1st Round

Most impressive player on the field at the senior bowl. He will be a force in the NFL in the right system.

Posted by:
lockhart985 02/14/10 11:13 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

If a team drafts him to play OLB, it is a mistake. He has a Dwight Freeney skillset and about the same size. Great pass rusher but a force in the run game. Why is he put on the OLB's list? Because he's only 6'2''? I don't get it...

Posted by:
B atch 02/15/10 11:47 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

True hybrid who is as tough and tenacious as they come in terms of pass rushing in college football. If the Jets drafted this kid I would do cartwheels

Posted by:
Eddie DiGio 02/17/10 01:40 PM
Prediction: 2nd Round

He had a great Senior Bowl but he shouldnt go from a rnd 2-3 Prospect to rnd 1

Posted by:
nflmaster 02/23/10 09:24 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

Have you watched Graham play? I think he's got the best motor for a DE in the draft. He might slip to the 2nd, but no way he goes to the 3rd... 1st round talent on a bad team.

Posted by:
B atch 02/23/10 12:51 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

All those tackles for loss and sacks; he is great vs the run and as a pass rusher. That makes him a great candidate for LOLB in a 3-4 who can play every down. Elvis Dumerville led the league in sacks as a 3-4 OLB and he is 5'11''. Graham has consistently dominated for 2 straight years, if he was a few inches taller he'd be a consensus top 10 pick.

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RUGGERLAD 02/24/10 07:29 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

I'd be ecstatic if the Dolphins drafted him!! They can trade down a few and still grab him.

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RUGGERLAD 02/24/10 07:31 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Graham is going to be a very good NFL outside linebacker. He should go anywhere between 15 and 25.

Posted by:
MikeLock 02/24/10 08:28 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

FaLcons, don't pass on this guy at 19th, althought the defense is changing to the 3-4 defense i still think Graham would be a asset to rush the passer, something Atlanta despritely needs to help the young secondary.

Posted by:
Senaca 03/04/10 02:40 PM
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