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Brandon Graham (DE)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    268 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 1/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 7/8 in.
  • College:
    Michigan
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: Philadelphia Eagles
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 13 (13)
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Pick Analysis: The Eagles appeared to solve some of their pass rush issues with a series of trades in the offseason, but the team targeted Graham due to his disruptive skills as an edge player. He possesses exceptional first-step quickness, and his relentless motor often leads to negative plays for the defense. With the Eagles seeking to bring pressure from all angles, Graham gives Sean McDermott another weapon in his arsenal.

Overview

Brandon is a short thickly-built player with good athleticism. He has very good initial quickness as an edge rusher but doesn't have elite speed or range in pursuit. Brandon uses his hands well to control and leverage blockers versus the run as well as to counter as a pass rusher. Graham is the Wolverines' most disruptive defender and plays with a high motor. He doesn't have enough burst and lateral agility to excel as a stand up player in the NFL but may be effective in zone blitz schemes in limited coverage responsibilities. Brandon is a good football player who should be productive at the next level in the right defensive scheme.


Strengths

Graham was an extremely productive defender in college who spent a lot of time in the backfield. He's a tough, competitive guy who doesn't stop until the whistle. He's athletic enough to get to the quarterback and make plays away from him in the running game. Has good instincts. Displays excellent hand use when disengaging and rushing the passer.

Weaknesses

Graham lacks the height you like to see from defensive end prospects. At times, appears to be somewhat stiff hipped when diagnosing and playing in space. Scouts question his versatility and ability to stand up and play outside linebacker in a 3-4.

Grade

8.5

 

Video Playlist

  • Eagles take Graham

    Published: April 22, 2010 at 09:10 p.m.

    The Eagles acquire the 13th pick from the Broncos and select Michigan DE Brandon Graham in the 2010 NFL Draft.

  • Making the transition

    Published: April 20, 2010 at 06:50 p.m.

    Can college defensive ends make the switch to 4-3 LB in the NFL? Charley Casserly explains.

  • 2010 Draft Vignettes - Brandon Graham, Michigan

    Published: April 13, 2010 at 02:58 p.m.

    A look at NFL draft prospect Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham.

  • First Draft: Brandon Graham

    Published: April 5, 2010 at 08:13 p.m.

    Meet Michigan DE Brandon Graham as he prepares to embark on his journey to the pro's.

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