Scouting Report: Brandon Graham

Written by Rob Engle on January 10, 2010



Brandon Graham


Position: DE/OLB School: Michigan
Height: 6’1 3/8" Weight: 268 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.72

Overall Grade:

6.94

Draft Projection:

First round



Draft Breakdown Red Star Player



Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 4
Speed 8 6.5
Quickness/Agility 10 8
Strength/Explosion 10 9.5
Athletic Ability 8 6.5
Durability 8 7.5
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 6
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 9.5


Linebacker Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Run Stopping 8 7.5
Coverage 8 4.5
Pass Rushing 8 8
Tackling 8 7.5
Instincts 8 6
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

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.


Weaknesses

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“).

Analysis

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.


Experience

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.
2006: n/a

Academics

Kinesiology major at Michigan.

Injuries

Missed one game in 2008 with a leg infection.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 64 42 22 10 0 0 0
2008 46 29 17 10 0 0 0
2007 25 13 12 8 0 0 0
2006 3 2 1 0 0 0 0



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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.