Scouting Report: Brandon Graham
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Very disruptive pass rusher. Usually occupied two blockers and can beat double teams. Very strong, especially in the lower body, and will break through double teams. Was very good in run support for the Wolverines and only got pushed back on double teams. Has very strong/quick hands and uses good technique as to not allow the defender inside of him. His first punch was very strong and he got inside of opposing linemen’s chest easily. Good overall football IQ with good awareness. Made a lot of tackles in the backfield and was extremely productive. Lots of potential.
Only average speed around the edge. He has a quick first step, but that was sometimes rendered useless because he has only average awareness and didn’t move until well after the ball was snapped. Didn’t have much experience dropping in to coverage and could take time to adjust to the 3-4 linebacker position. Didn’t always give a good effort in backside pursuit. Doesn’t have a wide array of pass rush moves. Has short arms (32 1/4“).
An extremely productive player with a good bit of starting experience. Doesn’t seem to have a high bust factor. Compares to former Wolverine Lamarr Woodley. Will be a pass rush threat from day one, but will also be able to start early on because of his run stopping abilities as long as he adapts well to coverage. Could make some team very happy at the end of round one/beginning of round 2. Fits in best as 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level.
Graham started two season with Michigan, played in 13 games as a sophomore (5 starts) and played in 11 games as a freshman.
Awards and Honors
2009: 2nd team AP All-American team.
2008: All-Big 10 second team. Bo Schembechler Team MVP.
2007: Ted Hendricks Trophy candidate.
Kinesiology major at Michigan.
Missed one game in 2008 with a leg infection.
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