ESPN.com’s dueling mock drafters Mel Kiper and Todd McShay don’t seem to agree on a whole lot of things. But in their most recent lists, they agree on this … Michigan DE/OLB Brandon Graham is a fit for the New England Patriots.
22. New England: Brandon Graham, OLB, Michigan: If production were all that mattered, Graham would be long gone by now.
He led the FBS in tackles for loss and showed why at the Senior Bowl.
Always in the backfield, he’s an ideal outside linebacker for the
Patriots’ system, a terror against both the run and the pass.
22. New England: Brandon Graham, OLB, Michigan: Graham is a bit undersized to play
a traditional defensive end role, and he does not have the ideal
athleticism you want in an outside linebacker. If used properly,
though, Graham can excel in the NFL, and he appears to be in Bill
Belichick’s wheelhouse with his nonstop motor, excellent technique and
good overall football intelligence.
The drumbeat’s getting louder on Graham (which always could mean it’s destined not to happen), and the Patriots have already shown an interest in this Wolverine.
If you click on that link, you’ll see another interesting aspect to this one. Graham compares himself to Lamarr Woodley, a Pittsburgh Pro Bowler whom the Patriots passed on in 2007, and would’ve been just what the doctor ordered for the New England defense the last couple years. Could it be time make that one right?