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Brandon Graham Isn’t Tall But He’s Very Difficult To Block

I’ve been looking at quite abit of video tape of Brandon Graham and he seems to be very difficult to block.¬† The young man is tenacious.¬† He never stops coming.

Graham made ton of plays in the backfield and he makes plays against the run and plays against the pass.

Graham uses his lack of height as an advantage because he gets underneath the big offensive tackles.  He plays the game with leverage against his blockers.

I like the fact that he’s shown the ability to get the blocker’s hands off of him.

This young man gets off the ball on the snap and he accelerates to the quarterback after he turns the corner.

The Wolverine knows that some of the scouts doubt him because of his lack of height.¬† Graham stands only 6’1″ and weighs about 265 pounds.

He compares himself to the guy who led the league in sacks a year ago, Elvis Dumervil of Denver.

“I watch Dumervil now – he was the (NFL’s) leading sacker last year,” said Graham. “I look at myself as the next one. He’s 6-1, he’s small, a lot of people didn’t think he could do it. But I believe whoever gets me is going to love me.”

Graham made quite an impression to the Detroit Lions coaches who coahed him during the Senior Bowl.

“He shows up with a smile on his face and he’s a competitor,” Lions defensive line coach Kris Kocurek said. “He loves to compete, he runs to the football. And the main thing about the kid is he loves football. You can tell. Every snap, every practice, he’s always got a great attitude.”

So far I can’t help but be impressed with what I have seen of this young man.¬† He’s been very productive on the college level and he dominated at the Senior Bowl.

If he can continue to beat his man, he will make life much easier for Eagles Pro Bowl right end Trent Cole.

GCOBB

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stockroyal
stockroyal
April 22, 2010 9:39 pm

The birds did some good things so far this year. So Im going to do something real hard, trust AR is doing the rite thing and wait and see. Cant believe I said that and it hurt to type.

The Silencer
The Silencer
April 22, 2010 10:06 pm

What stands out is that he had the most other than the sacks..(30 in the past three years)..but his tackles for loss..meaning excellent run stopping end.. he had 26 tackles for loss last year and 21 the year before..that is outstanding!..we have two ends that both are guna need to be doubled..MONSTER..hes just provided an elite pass rusher allowing us to get pressure with a 4 man front..good job Philly..Lets try and get Sergio Kindle to replace Jordan..and a Package to get a Safety..(Mays)

The Silencer
The Silencer
April 22, 2010 10:13 pm

Cmon KINDLE..

schiller
schiller
April 22, 2010 10:16 pm

Nate Allen and Kindle. Or Brandon Ghee?

schiller
schiller
April 22, 2010 10:16 pm

At what point do we go OL?

The Silencer
The Silencer
April 22, 2010 10:32 pm

Kevin Mawue is still a free agent..and a beast..sign him for 1 year..gives us time to look or wait for Jackson..Im a Mays fan..we need a guy, where receivers do a double take before catching it..he is it..Dick Juron will coach Mays up to the fullest..hes can be great with great coaching or a wast of talent if not coached right.

FanSince1960
FanSince1960
April 22, 2010 11:36 pm

I agree Schiller about the need to improve our OL. I was convinced that was how the Eagles would go in round 1 today

mimitaro
mimitaro
April 23, 2010 1:34 am

I was initially pissed with this pick but the way the draft has played out it might be ok. Taylor Mays is still there so hopefully we can get him at 37 and then take the best O-line player at 55.

Boyer
Boyer
April 23, 2010 1:46 am

I want Nate Allen and Brandon Spikes. Spikes can play middle and we can move Bradley to the Strong side. But if Kindle is capable like Silencer is saying, I wouldn’t mind having him playing in Gocong’s old position either.

Act The Fool
Act The Fool
April 23, 2010 4:19 am

I want Allen with that McNabb pick, and like Silencer said we could just sign Kevin Mawae to start for six weeks or so

Spadaros a tool
Spadaros a tool
April 23, 2010 4:36 am

If we had to go line, I’m glad it was on the defensive side and a D.E. at that. I still would have rather we got Thomas and not gave up so much for Graham as I think he would have been there at 24. We would still have had our two thirds to address Outside Linebacker and maybe a center. If we could get Mays and one of our thirds back it may still alright

Eaglez
Eaglez
April 23, 2010 5:00 am

I think we have to wait until at least the second round plays out to see if the Graham pick (or at least moving up to 13) was worth it.

I hope all you Eagles fans are crossing your fingers we can unload Vick for a second or third rounder!!

Paul Mancini
Paul Mancini
April 23, 2010 5:09 am

Look at OT R Saffold at #37 and then Safety N Allen or M Burnett at #55 would be prediction
I like B Graham but to move 11 spots and give up #70 and #87 seletionc (both 3rd Rd picks) was a bit much .. A 3rd and the Eagles 4th (#121) mabe.. but not having a pick in the 3rd hurts.
Graham would not have lasted much further though, the Giants,Falcons and Patriots were all teams who were all very interested in him… What I am not sure about is he a full-time downlineman and appears to better suited to a 3-4 type of defensive scheme… but he is a high-motor player who brings it every play similar to T Cole and is much more polished than Cole was coming out of College…
A DE rotation now of Cole,Parker,Tapp and Graham is pretty deep and very athletic..

Boyer
Boyer
April 23, 2010 5:13 am

Eaglez, that is exactly what I’m hoping for. Vick for a high 3rd-rounder and signing Garcia to back up while we draft another QB somewhere in this draft.

jimmy mac
jimmy mac
April 23, 2010 5:22 am

I firmly believe the Eagles, who are absolute misers with their picks, would NEVER give away two 3rd picks without a plan to retrieve at least one of them. Could be Vick..Could be Asante..But someone is going to make up for the Graham pick.

greenfan
greenfan
April 23, 2010 5:38 am

i feel better now having gotten some sleep, but still not completely sold on Graham…my concern is not his passion, motor or desire to get to the QB, but rather his size will allow NFL linemen to double team him and prevent him from doing anything..another concern is that most of the comments that Big Red made about him were the same coments that he made when he drafted Jerome McDougle in the 1st round, and we all know how well that worked out…

this is a big day in the career of howie roseman..the players choosen in the second round today will likely determine if this draft is a success or failure…all of the teams in the NFC East made significant moves last night, nobody is standing still, so if the Eagles plan on being contenders next year they will need to match those teams and grab some quality players to address their needs…

I would love to see a trade of Vick today, but we need to find a buyer

Eaglez
Eaglez
April 23, 2010 5:48 am

I would love to see Vick and Asante moved for a serious pick in the second round and a starting FS (atogwe) or CB (asougha from Oakland?). Am I dreaming?

jimmy mac
jimmy mac
April 23, 2010 5:56 am

Yeah buddy, your dreaming. Its thru the draft or bust I think.

FanSince1960
FanSince1960
April 23, 2010 6:46 am

The Eagles never do the obvious. They try to “outsmart” everybody. I don’t see them picking Mays or Kindle. I think they will definitely trade down with the first of the two second round choices and not take the “names”.

greenfan
greenfan
April 23, 2010 7:05 am

’60 I tend to agree with the whole “outsmart” theory. Overall I guess every team is trying to do the same thing if you think about it, but it does seem that the birds try and go against “conventional thinking” more often then others.

EagleBeliever
EagleBeliever
April 23, 2010 7:30 am

Hey Green….if they double team our rookie DE then that will allow Trent Cole to lead the league in sacks.

Also, if he is good enough to get the double team, then doesn’t that make him a darn good football player and worth the package of picks we gave up?

EagleBeliever
EagleBeliever
April 23, 2010 8:20 am

Watch the film on Elvis Dumervil. Then watch the film on Brandon Graham.

It’s hard to not see some comparisons. And Graham is 2 inches taller than Dumervil. Dumervil is only 5’11” weighing 248.

greenfan
greenfan
April 23, 2010 8:27 am

EB good point, if he is drawing double teams he must be doing something right, and then it should open someone else up. Good point.

WellWellWell
WellWellWell
April 23, 2010 10:16 am

Might as well get Gary Coleman to play DE…

The Silencer
The Silencer
April 23, 2010 11:47 am

We’re definitely keeping our second round picks and the possibility of trading into the 3rd if they want..keep our seconds..get first rd value…not role players.

WeaponX20
WeaponX20
April 23, 2010 8:42 pm

Does nobody get that we could of had the ballhawking safety Earl Thomas…another dumb draft by the Birds