Scouting Report-In a league that is moving to the 3-4 seemingly in bunches and the need within that system to have a guy who can put his hand on the ground and rush the quarterback as well as stand up and play the run or drop into coverage, a guy like Graham is a hot commodity. Physically, he's a little short and has short arms, but you don't really see where it hurts him too badly. Lots of college stars don't have a no.2 move much less a no. 3 or 4, but Graham is much more polished. He's got a nice bag of tricks in getting to the passer. In run support you think Graham might have problems, and while he's not as strong at it, as he is as a pass rusher, he's really stout so he can hold the line and even if he can't beat the lineman down the line, he'll pursue and chase and finish.
Draft Status-If it weren't for USF's Jason Pierre-Paul, Graham would be the no. 1 buzz guy at defensive end. In terms of that hyrid 3-4 rush OLB, Graham is the guy. If he were longer, he'd probably get a long look to play a 4-3 DE, but I think ultimately it'll come down to a 3-4 team in the middle 10 or 12 picks of the first round, looking to add a dynamic pass rush specialist who will pull the trigger on Graham.
Final Analysis-There is something to be said for being a great college player and whether or not that will transfer to the NFL. For Graham he was an incredibly productive and played at a consistently high level. He's faster than he looks at times and while he doesn't have elite quickness, he's able to use his strenght to account for it. His size and arm length will worry teams, and with any DE moving to OLB, there's always doubts about his ability to move to a standing position and be asked to cover. I think Graham is a hard enough worker and good enough athlete to make the transition and if he can, his upside is huge.
Reminds me of:Derrick Burgess, DE New England Patriots-When he was at his best, Burgess was all but unstoppable as a pass rusher and rock solid in run support. He's played a pure 4-3 DE and a 3-4 rush OLB, both at high levels and I think Graham can be that kind of player.
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy