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So, the question came up the other day why I had not really considered Michigan DE/OLB Brandon Graham for the the New York Giants choice at No. 15 in our Mock Draft.
I had not really studied Graham, a player I still have not heard connected to the Giants in any way. But, I figured it was time to find out what all the fuss was about.
So, the 6-foot-1, 265-pound Graham is the subject of today's Daily NFL Draft Prospect Profile. Let's take a closer look.
Brandon Graham Scouting Reports
From SB Nation's Mocking The Draft.
Graham is a physical pass rusher who never quits ... Shows excellent awareness against the run ... Doesn't have the size evaluators look for in a defensive end. Height is only average.
For me, Graham will be best as a 4-3 end. His playing quickness is very good and speed is solid, but he doesn't move well laterally at length. Graham is a power rush with good moves.
A very good all-around player, but don't get caught up in his size and athleticism numbers.
From the National Football Post.
Displays the strength to consistently hold the point of attack and set the edge against the run game. Possesses the length to stack and shed on contact and makes plays on the ball. ... Has power to simply drive his way though blocks once he gains an initial step.
Displays good lateral quickness as a pass rusher. ... Looks like a starting-caliber three-down lineman at the next level. He has the skill set to win against both the run and pass game.
From Draft Countdown.
Aggressive with a non-stop motor ... Very strong and powerful ... Tough and physical ... Does a great job in pursuit ... Good tackler ... Doesn't have the ideal height you look for ... Short arms ... Frame may be maxed out ... Not a great athlete ... Upside is limited.
Classic 'tweener who may have to move to linebacker or perhaps even defensive tackle at the next level... May not have all the physical tools you'd prefer but just a good football player ... Could slip a bit on Draft Day if teams get too concerned with triangle numbers and workout results ... Eerily similar in many ways to LaMarr Woodley.
Why Graham fits with the Giants
Because he seems like a good player who could help against the run and provide protection for the Giants in the event Osi Umenyiora is dealt this off-season or Mathias Kiwanuka leaves via free agency next off-season.
Why the Giants should pass
Because nobody knows exactly what Graham is. A 4-3defensive end? A 3-4 linebacker? A 4-3 defensive tackle? Where does he fit? And the phrase "limited upside" bugs me. That's not what I want in my first-round pick. Later, maybe, but not at 15 in the first round.