Ta'Quon Graham NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Atlanta Falcons DL

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

National Team defensive lineman Ta'Quon Graham of Texas (49) runs a drill during the National Team practice for the Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
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 6'3 1/8"

WEIGHT: 292 lbs



—Ideal size for a 3-technique interior defensive lineman.

—Knows how to hold his ground and create separation with a half-man long-arm move.

—Is best when using his length, locking out his long arms for bull-rush attempts as a pass-rusher.

—Will provide value as a block specialist on special teams, as he does not lack effort in that phase.

—Position versatility is a plus, as he played more edge-rusher snaps from 2017 to 2019 than he did inside.

—Has improved as a pass-rusher every year in college.



—Neither his burst nor closing speed is great.

—Loses sight of the ball on double-teams when lined up inside.

—Texas often took him off the field on pressure packages.

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—Lateral movement, like stunts or beating reach blocks, is not "how he wins."



23 TKL, 7 TFL, 2 SK, 1 FR



—Gained 15 pounds between 2018 and 2019, when he became a starter.

—Played in 48 of 49 potential games in his four years at Texas before opting out of the Longhorns' bowl game.

—Defensive captain in 2020 as a senior.



In a different era, a 6'4", 300-pound run defender who was a captain would hold much more draft value than Graham does in 2021. He will be able to bank on beating one-on-one vertical blocks with his length, but his ability to win laterally and in the passing game is a question. Depending on how teams view his pass-rushing upside, they may see him as a 5-technique who needs to spend a year putting on weight, a run-down 3-technique or a 6-technique who needs to return to his 2018 playing weight.


GRADE: 6.7/10 (Round 5)



PRO COMPARISON: Twenty pounds short of Carl Davis, 20 pounds north of Deatrich Wise Jr.


Written by B/R NFL Scout Justis Mosqueda


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