Branch's former Michigan teammate, Brandon Graham (6'1", 263), could help fill a void or two. He is a defensive end but projects to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Graham could start immediately and add youth, talent, explosiveness and a motor that never quits to the Cardinals pass rush.
The Cardinals best player on the board draft mentality should continue in 2010. If Graham is available, the Cardinals would be remiss not to add him to a now iffy front seven.
Brandon Graham and Daryl Washington
ML: Tell me about today's practice.
BG: We tried to do good for the last part of practice, you know. This may be the last time we (defensive linemen) ever play together. We tried to go out there with intensity and set the tone and that's what we did today.
ML: How much friendly competition is there on the defensive line?
BG: It's the best defensive line I've been a part of. This is the most fired up I've ever seen an all-star team. We're ready to win on Saturday.
ML: What do you know about Alan Branch and Gabe Watson?
BG: I played with Alan Branch and I knew Gabe when I first came in. I know both of those guys but I only played with Alan.
ML: Do you follow what those guys are doing in Arizona?
BG: Yeah, I see Branch out there. He finally stopped being lazy and got a part of the team [laughs]. I'm happy for him because he's been there a long time and he's a good weapon to have.
ML: Would you like to have a chance to play for the Cardinals and be reunited with some of those guys?
BG: I doesn't matter where I go. I'm just hoping to go somewhere.
ML: Do you stay in touch with any other NFL guys?
BG: Yeah, LaMarr Woodley. I've talked to him a little bit just to let him know what's going on and stuff like that. I was going to call [Larry] Foote, but I didn't get around to it because I had too many interviews last night. But Woodley is kind of like my mentor and somebody I look up to because I took everything he knows and tried to use it.
ML: Who are some of the NFL teams you've interviewed with?
BG: I interviewed with a lot of teams, too many to name.
ML: What are your goals for the rest of the week?
BG: Just to finish strong and go home. I want to get on the plane and feel good about myself, knowing I gave it my all.
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