More ESPN Brandon Graham Combine/Draft Coverage

Submitted by MGoShoe on February 28th, 2010 at 10:44 PM

ESPN's AFC North Blog has a nice mention of Brandon Graham's combine interview performance.

While Len Pasquarelli notes that "...undersized edge defenders are garnering considerably more respect in today's game." in an article that features BG as an example of a college DE who's garnering interest as a 3-4 scheme rush linebacker.

Huge motor, as evidenced at Senior Bowl, in which he won MVP honors with five tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. Short frame, short arms and not particularly stout versus the run. Plays with excellent leverage. Had 29 sacks his last three college seasons.

But we knew that...

Comments

Jedelman11

February 28th, 2010 at 10:50 PM ^

Is it possible that he is starting to turn into an "OMG shirtless" prospect?

Kinda reminds me of how David Harris started to rise up the draft boards with workouts and senior bowl stats and then all the draft experts said "wait a second ... maybe he can play a little,he was sure productive in college"

Zone Left

February 28th, 2010 at 10:56 PM ^

Nice article. I'm concerned Graham hurts his stock at the combine, or that others push themselves past him. I just think he can't do better for himself than he has and that we haven't found this year's Vernon Gholston yet. The South Florida guy is already above Graham, and I really think one or two other D-Ends will pass him in Indianapolis.

It just sucks for him, because football can be a game that results in very short careers, so I'd like to see him get a huge payday up front.

Double Nickel BG

February 28th, 2010 at 11:08 PM ^

BG will be the first DE/OLB hybrid taken. If he runs the 4.5 40 that is rumored, he'll cement himself in the top 20 of the draft. He should do pretty well in the broad,vert,cone,bench and 1 on 1s. I really think he'll shine when GMs and coaches get a chance to talk to him. Plus his performance at the Senior Bowl should really help him.

Maybe Pierre-Paul gets taken in front of him because he's a physical specimen for a 4-3 rush end team. Kindle might sneak in because he'll project better to true Will.

Tater

February 28th, 2010 at 11:55 PM ^

If there was such a postition in the early 90's, Dwayne Johnson from Miami might not have had to go to Canada, might not have gotten cut, and might not have ever found fame as "The Rock."

It obviously ended up OK for him, but would be willing to bet that when he sees what is going on now, he is kicking himself in the ass for being born about twenty years too early.

nucegin60

March 1st, 2010 at 1:05 AM ^

uhhhh... Dwayne Johnson was definitely more of a dtackle than he was any type of edge rusher.

Also, I feel like the DE/OLB was around in the earlier 90s, Greg Lloyd and Derrick Thomas are 2 guys that come to mind that played it back then.

NorthSideBlueFan

March 1st, 2010 at 4:34 AM ^

"Rock" was 6' 5" and jacked to the gills even while at the OTHER UM. If he had the skill set and ability, they could of put any additional pounds they wanted on that frame to make him a top flight DT.
Plus, his career has worked about better than just about every NFL player money-wise, $10-20mil per picture is pretty solid.

Jedelman11

February 28th, 2010 at 11:10 PM ^

Just imagine how much easier it'll be for him to tackle NFL QB's when he's already tackled the football messiah. I've got to believe that worth at least a 2 spot bump in his draft stock

Hard Gay

March 1st, 2010 at 1:49 AM ^

Brandon Graham was 10th place for Dlinemen and put up 31 on the bench.

Some other DL numbers:
19 Jason Pierre-Paul
23 Gerald McCoy
26 Jared Odrick
32 Ndamukong Suh
32 Thaddeus Gibson
44 Jeff Owens

Don

March 1st, 2010 at 7:57 AM ^

That's fine with me. It means dumb organizations like the Lions or the Raiders are less likely to take him, which means that smart organizations like NE or Miami that can tell how well a guy plays in the freaking game can take him.