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.