Originally posted by tap11:
First off, nice effort - well thought out mock.
However, do you really think that Graham needs to go that high? I have been slowly putting together a mock since Sunday evening and think he might be available in the 2nd round. I would prefer him over any of the other rush linebacking prospects due to his performances against top quality competition.
Picking anywhere from 14-18 with that second 1st, yes. Graham is that good. He's among the top 3 pass-rushing OLB's, easily. Even if you compare him to former Michigan star, LaMarr Woodley, you can see why Graham is a top 20 pick. Check this out.
Woodley was selected early in the 2nd round. Here are his 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years.
04: 16 TFL, 4 sacks
05: 12 TFL, 5 sacks, 3 FF
06: 16.5 TFL, 12 sacks, 4 FF
Totals from those years: 44.5 TFL, 21 sacks, 7 FF
Graham is projected to go in the top 20. Here are his 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years.
07: 9.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 3 FF
08: 20 TFL, 10 sacks, 2 FF
09: 26 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 2 FF
Totals from those years: 55.5 TFL, 29 sacks, 7 FF
Graham doubled Woodley's sack totals twice. Scouts also specifically noted Woodley was neutralized by double-teams. Not the case for Graham.