Michigan's Graham fits as pass-rushing OLB

Posted Jan. 30, 2010 @ 11:40 a.m.
Posted By Nolan Nawrocki

DE Brandon Graham
Michigan senior
Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 263 | 40-time: 4.7 (estimated)

Upside: Outstanding strength and power to push, tug and torque bigger blockers. Plays with natural leverage, gets underneath blockers' pads and uses his hands extremely well to grab, rip and tear past blockers. Has a long first step and consistently powers through contact. Is difficult to move — feels blocking pressure and has a knack for slip-shedding. Flashes a powerful bull-rush move. Plays with intensity and has a good football temperament. Strong, physical tackler. Keeps working to the ball and finishes. Good career production. Opportunistic. Tenacious and disruptive — very good motor.

Downside: Lacks ideal height and has very short arms — lets blockers get to his body and can be engulfed by bigger blockers. Can be late off the ball. Not a fluid mover and could struggle maneuvering in space.

The way we see it: A short, square-cut, power-leverage rusher with a throwback mentality, Graham consistently powers his way into the backfield and leverages the edge. Could warrant looks as a base end, but his best fit likely will come as an outside linebacker in an aggressive, one-gapping "30" front such as the Ravens', Steelers' or the Chargers'.


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