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  1. MrTibbs

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    Is this guy a player or what. High motor and very explsive. I can see a lot of teams except the Patriots grabbing this guy. They seem to go after the guy's nobody is paying attention to even when a better player is on the board staring them in the face.


    Bill just take a head hunter for once eh?


    YouTube - DE Brandon Graham Highlights 2009 Michigan
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    He looked great today. He pretty much had his way with all the tackles, lined up on the right or left. Olsen from ND looked the best handling him, but it was still a mismatch. For a shorter end he uses good lean to his advantage. He had leverage but leaned into his man to keep him from getting under his pads. He looks great.
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    You hear the talk about 6'5" this 6'4" that but has everyone forgotten how small Teddy Bruschi was? I mean he was no big dude by any measure but he was smart and played hard. Some of the big lazy guys haven't helped them at all lately so why not go and get a high motor young Freeney looking stud.

    The Patriots need some speed and some fierce hitters. Offenses just don't fear the Patriots defenders. Vrabel, McGinest, Colvin, Harrison and Wilson are all gone. I just don't see any real physical hit someone in the mouth players on the Patriots right now.

    Who's a big hitter on that defense? Who's really that physical other then their NT Wilfork? He's the scariest dude on defense and he's a run stuffer.
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    One site I saw projected him as potentially moving to ILB in the 3-4. Said he didn't have the explosion for 3-4 OLB. Good highlights though, he's someone to keep an eye on for sure.
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    From ESPN today:

    Graham stepping up -- Michigan DE Brandon Graham has already emerged as the leader of the North defense. Graham is quick with good upper-body strength and technique. He never stops working, either. His motor is just ridiculous.
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    Michigan Linebackers......EEEECCCCCCKKKKKKKKK!

    The Pats passed on Harris, and took Woods and Crable who are both busts. In Crable's defense, at least he didn't let a WR take a fumble away from him in the Superbowl, (of course, the reason he didn't let that happen, is because is suffered yet another season ending injury getting out of bed).
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    They passed on Woodley too...to be fair though Crable at least looked decent before he got injured.

    I wouldn't mind Graham at all. Elite pass rushing skills.
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    Brandon Graham, 2010 NFL Draft

    Brandon Graham

    Defensive End

    Michigan

    6’2” 268 lbs.

    Strengths: Quickness, technique, power, athleticism, experience, intelligence

    Weaknesses: Doesn't have ideal size.

    By Scot A****s

    Michigan’s defense has been one of the worst in the country since Rich Rodriquez took over the head coaching job in 2008 and the team has found itself ranked in the doldrums of college football for the second consecutive year. Despite the problems that Michigan has had, defensive end Brandon Graham has stood out as one of the NCAA’s best defenders. He has led the country in tackles for a loss over the last two years with 46, 20.5 of them being sacks. It’s just too bad that during that span the team as a whole has a compiled a measly record of 8-16.

    In 2005 Graham was a highly recruited, five star linebacker prospect coming out of Crockett Vocation Tech high school in Detroit. For the last three years he has been a major contributor for the Wolverines at defensive end. Over the course of his career he has accumulated 138 tackles, 63 of them going for a loss.

    Because he has played on such horrible defenses, Graham has faced a lot of double teams. However, he gets his pads low, uses his strong base effectively, and displays incredible quickness in order to beat combination blocks. At times he has completely dominated the competition with an ability to rip through blocks like few other defenders can and fights to make plays until the whistle blows. He can even break down and make the open field tackle against elite athletes.

    Some scouts seem to think of him as a ‘tweener and are not sure whether Graham would be better suited as a 4-3 end or a 3-4 outside linebacker. Such has been the case for a lot of players coming out of college due to their lack of ideal size for NFL defensive lineman. It is quite possible that Graham could do both but his experience in college has been on the line and it may bode better for him if a team employing a 4-3 makes the call. He may not have the elite speed of a Dwight Freeney or the long arms of a Mario Williams but Graham is a special player who has consistently gotten the job done from a three point stance.

    Either way, the team that drafts him will get an elite prospect with the potential to be an all-pro player in the NFL. At the very least he will be a serviceable player capable of disrupting blocking schemes with his power and quickness. Whether or not he becomes a pro-bowl type player may simply depend on his determination. At this point it is difficult to question his ability or resolve as an athlete as his numbers simply speak for themselves.

    Expect him to get his name called somewhere in the middle of round one in the 2010 draft. If he shows up to the combine and blows the scouts away with a top-notch forty time he could go in the top five. If he tanks the forty and appears a little sluggish and out of shape his stock could drop him into the second round. With Michigan missing out on another bowl season Graham finds himself with a lot of time on his hands these days. What he does with it will be a huge factor in determining where he is drafted in April.

    2009 Stats:

    * 42 Solo Tackles
    * 22 Assisted Tackles
    * 10.5 Sacks
    * 2 Forced Fumbles
    * 2 Blocked Kicks
    * 1 Touchdown

    Career Stats:

    * 86 Solo Tackles
    * 52 Assisted Tackles
    * 27 Solo Sacks
    * 5 Assisted Sacks
    * 3 Passes Defended
    * 8 Forced Fumbles
    * 2 Blocked Kicks
    * 1 Touchdown
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    So if we take him he'll be a dud, but if we pass on him he'll be a stud?
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    Graham is an animal. I still don't think he's a great fit for us at 3-4 OLB, but I think he could be a killer SILB in a year.
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    Graham is looking like Woodley 2.0, no lie!
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    As a card carrying Wolverine fan of twenty years. I think he's going to be better......
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    Looks like the Pats talked to Graham!

    Per Albert Breer, Boston Globe:

    "Last night, the Patriots sat down with South Carolina edge rusher Eric Norwood. Tonight, they'll do the same with Michigan pressure man Brandon Graham."
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    One thing that impressed me about Graham this year was his attitude. Michigan's defense was dreadful. And, they got whipped a few times. But, it didn't affect his play. That's the type of attitude that will carry over to the NFL.
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