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A quickie chat with Brandon Graham

Maybe the Dolphins draft Rolando McClain because everyone loves the guy and everyone says he's going to be a star. Maybe they take Eric Berry (if he's there) because they need a playmaking free safety. Maybe they reach for a nose tackle or a wide receiver.

I still love Michigan's Brandon Graham.

Have I made that point to you guys enough this week? Even as the adoption papers are being drawn up, I wanted to share with you yet more reasons I think this star DE-OLB from Michigan is the real deal and should be considered at No. 12 overall -- contrary opinions from Mel Kiper and Todd McShay and all the other draft pundits notwithstanding.

I direct you to this interview Graham did with Scout.com during Senior Bowl week -- before he went off and won the game MVP award with five tackles and two sacks.

In the interview Graham says a couple of things that caught my attention:

He expects to run in the 4.5s at the Indianapolis Combine next week. And he loves the idea of playing 3-4 outside linebacker.

"Oh yeah, I feel real good," Graham says about dropping in coverage. "I've been working on my hips, working on my drops every day in practice for Michigan ... With a little coaching from the NFL guys, I believe I can get it done."

Graham has no shortage of confidence. And he couples that with something of a chip that dares naysayers to disbelieve he can do whatever he sets out to do. That's why he says he wants to run in the 4.5s at the Combine.

"I'm excited because I like it when people doubt me," he says. "That's just a challenge and I like challenges and I'm going to try to fulfill it. And if I don't, then I gave it my all and that's all I can say."

One thing Graham has shown in all his games and all the practices at the Senior Bowl was a seemingly infinite desire. He wants to be good. He wants to improve. He wants to get to the quarterback. He wants to be an NFL star.

"[I'm] just trying to show that my motor's always going," he says, "I love football and I want to make plays and sack the quarterback."

You combine want-to and talent and you know what you have?

A very good NFL player.

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I think Graham and Weatherspoon are going to be good players, but for teams with later picks that run 4-3 schemes


Kobra Kai:

You speak (the) Truth...
But I'm talking about the 4 to 7 inches of 'Generated Shock Space' that a Linebacker creates when he meets an OPPOSING FORCE. Whatever array of techniques he uses, he has to maintain separation on order to shed the block.

The best players rarely let a blocker get into their chest. Few player ever got inside that space on Taylor....He was always the one who did the pushing back and arm-locking. Its a blast to watch how he gets the better of most of his adversaries. LT's strength and power are still the prototype.

I probably should have done a better job, in my original post, of referring to the COMMON SKILL SETS for both positions (OLB, MLB) .


Jordan @ 6:25

WOW! Now that was a shot!!! The thing that's great is how he generated it in such a short space.

That is the type of play exactly that I have never seen from ANY McClain footage.

Before the McClain fans jump on my back, I know you only have to get people on the ground so hitting hard is not a category one has to have to have a lot of tackles. Mclain obvioussly did have a bunch of tackles. Its just that we all know which type of tackle causes the most turnovers and harder ones tend to do that.


Armando @ 6:26,

Cecil the Diesel?? Is that you? lol

Soiled...BP's main concern is finding out "Which puppies bite!" and the the ones that don't he will leave to the Jets!


I'm with you on this one. For all the people going for ilb in round 1 it's worth remembering that our ilbs were doing just fine when ferg was playing. i think olb and nt in the first 2 rounds and I'd be more than happy with Graham 1st and i think cody must fall to us in the second.

OC, Word on the street is Jeffery(Hollywood)Ross is thinking about moving the mighty air breather's to the "Left" coast. Can you confirm this and if it's true are you the one courting "Mr. Hollywood"???lol

Posted by: cuban menace | February 19, 2010 at 06:17 PM

OC, so whats the word here???>

Joe the D Thief,

What's your assessment of BG?


Rob in OC:

People who arm-tackle in college can't always tackle in the pros.


I respectfully disagree with anyone that thinks that come pick 26 or later that they will be able to get BG. I have a feeling that after all the stats, combine, personal workouts, Pro Days etc are done, BG will go top 18.

As for Weatherspoon he will be gone by the second round for sure and may sneak into last few of the 1st.

It is also my belief that Spoon can play inside or outside like a Dansby.

I also would not bank on only 4-3 teams hunting either of these two players.




Nary a peep out of any talk radio or sports shows about any pending moves.

The only thing that keeps getting batted around is where would they locate a stadium for a So Cal team that would handle / attract the LA and OC areas.

They haven't nailed anything down yet to my knowledge.

Even if I got a chance to watch all the games I would call uprooting the Fins a travesty.

I did get to see San Diego beat the Chargers in Joe Robbie the last year Marin played. 9 to 6 Fins! My San Diego buds were bummed.


no one can keep up w/ROB IN OC ..............NOY EVEN NJ .....LOL


Keep us updated out there... I dont trust Jeffery(Hollywood)Ross.....

jayshawn @ 6:47,

I agree a tandem draft of BG and Cody would not end up so bad. I would only take Cody if he got to round 3 though. For all his talent, he has shown a big lack of self discipline.

His job interview will consist a lot of stepping on scales. I beleive most teams think he has talent... just how long can he go hard? how many snaps a game? And if we give him a huge signing bonus does he grab a box of Krispy Kreme's on the way to the all you can eat buffet?

If he eats Wheaties instead of Ding Dongs he should have an impact on the NFL...the food kind...not that there's anything wrong with that. LOL.


NJs out on a service call..........

Im with you all the way on Brandon Graham Armando. He would be a great addition to Miami. They need someone who can play the pass and the run.

Interesting piece on NFL.com that Arizona is going to let Dansby hit the open market. Miami should at least make an offer. They need to fill or upgrade 3 out 4 linebackers spots. Dansby is on the scale from 1-10 a 10 of being a playmaker at ILB compared to the two scrubs Miami has on their roster. Stats going back to Crowders rookie year totals versus Dansby's numbers through the same period are a joke.

Crowder total tackles since 05 - 430
sacks - 2.5
ints - 1

Ayodele toal tackles since 05 - 361
sacks - 3.5
ints - 4

Dansby total tackles since 05 - 493
sacks - 20.5
ints - 9

Felix the Cat @ 6:51,

True enough. I am really in a quandry about what I see as tackled on the stat sheet vs how it got done on the field.

The techniques he is employing just do not project well to into the NFL. Now, he did get his carcas over there to be in that area and get credit for the tackle so I am not sure.

It is this type of thing as to why I rate a few other players higher in the 1st that may be there.


he is a 2 down player no doubt but has the potential to be difference maker. Depends if we trust our coaches to turn him into to something good. I can't see him falling to round 3 though as he was a 1st round certainly until he waddled into the senior bowl. Cam thomas is the other option but while cody is a risk he might turn out to be something special. Do we have to give him a big signing bonus if he picked up in the second?

NJ is using a CALL SERVICE what?? lol

10-4 cuban

Holy crap it got gnarly in here today. Apparently tempers run hot during the offseason. Sometimes it is hard to remember we are ALL Dolphins fans except for the douchebag Jest fans who occasionally borrow our blog to get beat on to fulfill their masochistic requirements.

BTW from my comment aboe the only linebacker currently under contract that should explode onto the scene under Mike Nolan's defense is going to be Wake. I could see him easily getting anywhere from 10-13 sacks next year. He had 5 in about 30% of the defensive snaps!


Welcome into the blog of pain! psyche.

Yes tempers flared and nostrils too today!

The sad thing is you never know if it's the real McCoy or not.

Ahhh se le vee

What football chat you got for us Always?



Andy NJ,

Dansby would be my one and only FA player I would covet to kick off the master plan to get the Def rockin again.

Zack Thomas, Fred Flintstone aka Shortarms McGhee will have to "hang out" around the Fins if he hangs em up. I am sure that guy has scads of tips and things in his folders he kept on defenders that would help the Fins LB's out.


Look for NJ to be in "BRAVO's" New series "Plumber's of Bergen county" comimg this April...... lol...... Sorry NJ could'nt help myself.......

Rob, unfortunately I am still at work and it's hard enough for me to hide the fact I'm reading a blog, let alone comment too much, so no blogmenting for me today. But it's been a good read, if a little harsh, so keep bringing it guys :)

I hear there's a lotta of "Breaking Pipe " in the new series on "Bravo"


The bonuses are all negotiable but whatever he got even as the last pick in the 2nd round would be enough to get him into trouble food wise without self discipline.

He has kind of a boom or bust thing going on right now.

Talent and upside vs lack of discipline = less PT.

Think Gilbert Brown, he was a very impressive player clogging up things and even penetrating a little when his weight was down...eventually he ballooned out of the league.


It comes to my attention that when we talk about the most pressing needs, most of you mention OLB/ILB/NT/WR, but the least mentioned is Free Safety. All the mentioned ones have at least serviceable bodies to fill them (maybe OLB the least). However, we have NO ONE able to play FS.

Anybody knows how deep is the draft at FS? Cause I don't see anyone good coming via free agency.

Rob in OC:

He's a smurf. But every
o n c e
in a while
...those anomalies turn out to be stars.
I do think he's gonna help his cause even more at the Combine (Aside from his body measurement...Its made for him.) -- I want to see his vertical Jump.

It just a question on making a BET (You're betting your
12th position overall against your tradedown pick(...and an additional 7th? round pick.)
Also...they might not have the 12th pick for a while because of their projected improvement.

I'm firmly in the McClain Camp because Its my belief that AT THIS PHASE, Bigger is better for the Dolphins.

It looks (from my view on Neptune) like the guy tackles high -- and with his arms. But I still believe that McClain's technique can be refined. He's also said to be a three-down Backer.

But here's one for you....
Who do you think is better; BG or Chris Long?

Rob OC,

Me too bro. The Miami ILB's stink. I said it before on Armando's blog. Crowder should be playing like Pat Willis the way he runs his mouth. You can tell he was groomed by J. Porter as they kissed each other's butt on the radio the other week. Akin was a stop gap player to transition to 3-4 and was a Parcells guy. He served his temporary purpose and now he needs to go. If they get Dansby they can focus on the opposite side OLB to Wake and get Armando's adopted son Brandon Graham. If they don't get Dansby which they probably won't then if McClain is available and Graham I see see Parcells leaning toward McClain.


Sssshhh, we won't blow your cover at work but, I think the main arm bars and rear nake chokes have been already administered today for the most part. =)


Some of this stuff was plain NASTY.


Brandon Graham or Chris Long? I don't know why Long was such a high draft pick he was a good player in college but had limited athleticism for the position. He went like 20 spots ahead of where he should have been picked.

Plumbers of Bergan County

In this weeks episode our poor hero NJ gets arrested on drug charges.

While working at the home of a DEA agent, NJ asks his assistant for some pipe dope to repair a leak. NJ's assistant then hands our hero a bag of weed just as the DEA agent enters the room.

Tune in this week and see how our hero gets out of another jam.

Thanks for stopping bye

Soiled :)



i do agree he is a big risk and could definitely turn out to be a big bust but we've had plenty of them in recent years. I do think that nt is a difficult spot to fill and I think we will double down on the position in this draft. I personally think he is worth risk but only time will tell. what position do you think the top two picks will be?

2nd or 3rd round might go NT.


Don't count out Jason Ferguson yet, he might play next year all the way thru; Then maybe 2011 we draft NT in the 1st round.

Just thinking out loud.

Joe The D Thief,

Thanks for the BG take.

For the same reason many say don't take BG as he is a big risk being an inch short or hasn't played in space backpeddling vs the pass I have a similar view to RM.

He looks the part but the fact that after playing that much ball under Nic Satan who's coached multi Nat Champs as well as our Fins and we are talking coaching him up on most of his tackling technique equally scares me.

So both have little/big question marks, lets agree.

On the Chris Long VS BG... I would take BG all day, well long. He plays with more power, leverage and is a better athlete imho. It scared me that they were debating (media was anyways) the two Longs and although I like the concept of drafting bloodlines (Perry, Mathews, Davis) I thought Chris had the killer motor but not as much natural talent as his father.

I think they got it right on the Long call. The case could be made they should have swiped QB Matt Ryan but most of that talk was after the fact. Jake Long was the safer pick as way more early QB's bust out and BP knew he couldn't afford a whiff on his #1 overall.

Plus #1 overall QB now wipes a team out financially... Raiders must still be kicking themselves for falling in love with... "THE BIG, strong armed athlete with the cannon arm".

Falling for size strikes again!


Andy NJ 7:30,

That's why Dansby is my total linch pin!

I NEED them to grab him so they wont have the same pressure to have McClain in the mix at #12.

If they don't get Dansby or finagle anyone else at ILB in FA, then unfortunately for me, McClain is squarely in the mix @12.


Cap'n Ace,

You been catchin' up I see matey... some had to walk da plank! lol


I guess Everyone has given up on Jason Ferguson?

Know he is old but..

Maybe one more year in him?

Andy NJ:

You're correct -- and that is kind of my point...

Its fun comparing a guy who was so overrated against a guy who might be underrated. Long is only about 20 pounds heavier and BG might possibly be better.


Funny Soiled, NJ should have asked for teflon tape and he wouldn't be in this mess.

Will NJ get out on bail or will we have to wait for the next episode?


Someone has stolen your name today and agreed with NJ. lol


Hell froze over!

Thank you Rob.The Wine is good tonight.

Rob in OC:

The Raiders don't "kick themselves"...

They are hopelessly disfunctional and are incapable of learning from any their mistakes. As long as 'That Guy' is in charge they will never reach any long term measure of success.
(Other than that... I'm in LOVE with them.)


A true nose tackle is probly the hardest position to project because name me a college team who plays a 3-4 and not only that but the wear and tear that a nt has to take makes it more difficult because how manny nt do you know that make a big difference and haven't been injured , for example Kris jenkis and haynsworth

Sorry Joe, Talking to cocoajoe. Lot of Joes and Marks.


Soooooo difficult from our fan seats as we are lacking so many pieces of valuable info...

My best plan right now would be...

***Sign Dansby and put him at ILB. Very important to me.

#1 Draft Brandon Graham for OLB

#2 Could go many was but hope it would one of
LB Weatherspoon
S Chad Jones
S Nate Allen
S Larry Asante

NT Cam Thomas
NT Troupe
RB McCluster
TE Graham or Dickson

That's my best scenario right now...


The Plumbers of Bergan County

Episode 2

Finally released on bail, Our hero looks for a new assistant

While interviewing people for a new assistant, NJ gets arrested again when he assaults one of the applicants when their views differ on the Miami Dolphins draft needs.

Whatch as the hillairity ensues

Soiled :)


Thanks for a response.

I was gonna go to the bar and be ignored by Women!


I'm not giving up on Fergie but my plan was:

Try for NT Hampton if no then...

Draft a Cody, Cam or Troupe and then have Ferg rehab as long as possible and only would try to let him play if Solai or whichever of thsoe 3 was flat not cutting it.

That's what I was thinking anyways.


Joe the D Theif,

Maybe if Mays runs fast enough "The King Rat" Al Davis will draft 'em.

Semi local

Speedy guy

Peezy's popcorn muscles

He has it all! :)


Hey PO good to see your post.

Po, took me a minute to get it. LOL, thanks for stopping by and everyone but me is an idiot.

Yeah, that one hurt but if you're right....plus I couldn't take all that, my daddy can whip your daddy crazy $hit going on. I'll be better tomorrow.

About Furg, you can't count on him coming back but you already know that.

Soiled Bottom,

You missed your calling... I smell a Seinfeld type pilot brewing already!


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