Brandon Graham | Philadelphia Eagles | Defensive End
Height: 6’2″ | Weight: 265
Date of Birth: 4/3/1988 (29)
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Draft: 2010, Round 1, Pick 13
Contract: 4 years, $26 million, through 2018
A move from linebacker, back to defensive end allowed Brandon Graham to emerge as one of the best edge rushers in the National Football League. The former first round pick showed promise, but was derailed by injury early in his career, then became one of many players whose performance suffered from Chip Kelly’s terrible schemes and coaching. Thankfully, Kelly is gone, and Graham is back to where he can shine, as a down lineman.
Stats alone aren’t going to convince you of Graham’s ability to disrupt the passing game. Graham finished the 2016 season with 5.5 sacks, 5.5 less than Best #55 honorable mention Chandler Jones, but what is key is the amount of pressures he put on opposing passers. Graham got pressure on the quarterback 83 times last season, the second best mark in the league. While it’s concerning to see him unable to convert sacks on so many of those opportunities, he is still disrupting the game by getting to the QB quickly and consistently.
I think we’ll continue to see improved play from Graham in 2017. He’s in a great situation on a talented defense, and with his ability to repeatedly hurry the quarterback, Graham is on the verge of having his first 10 sack season.
Awards and Accolades:
1x Second-team All-Pro (2016)
Honorable Mentions: Benardrick McKinney, Chandler Jones