2010 NFL Draft: Meet The Newest Philadelphia Eagle, DE Brandon Graham

Lou DiPietroAnalyst IApril 22, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 21:  Brandon Graham #55 of the Michigan Wolverines moves to blocks during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 21, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 21-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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At the expense of both of the Eagles’ third-round picks, Brandon Graham is the newest member of Sean McDermott’s defense.

Graham, a 6’1” 268-pound DE/LB hybrid, was a down defensive end at Michigan who many projected to be best suited as a 3-4 rush linebacker in the NFL.

An All-American as a senior, Graham registered 10.5 sacks, led the nation with 26 tackles for loss and rocketed up the big board after a dominant performance in the Senior Bowl that earned him the game’s MVP award.

Physically, Graham is a beast despite his “smallish” size for an end. He ran a 4.71 40-yard dash at the Combine, bench pressed 21 reps and had a 32-inch vertical jump.

NFL Draft Scout had him rated as the No. 1 defensive end and No. 18 overall prospect, so going at lucky No. 13 wasn’t too much of a stretch in the grand scope of things.

While it might not seem now that he fits into the Eagles’ scheme, Graham is a fast, athletic player who should at least be able to wreak some havoc on certain passing downs in McDermott’s blitz-heavy system.

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