Will Graham Be No. 1 for Arizona?

In his latest mock draft, Scout.com's own Chris Steuber has the Cardinals picking DE/OLB Brandon Graham with their first-round pick. We take a closer look at the possibility.

Steuber's Take

The Cardinals signed Joey Porter to help their pass rush, but since they run a 3-4 scheme, they can never have enough pass rushers. Graham has been one of the most impressive defenders this offseason and will make his presence felt at the next level.

Our Take

Coach Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves have already declared which players they are picking in this draft. Their motto is the same every year and shouldn't be taken lightly. They'll take, "the best available player on the board." In the past three drafts, it just so happened the best available player on the board also fit a glaring team need.

With the draft around the corner, the Cardinals have done a nice job plugging the holes that free agency created. Although the Cardinals made a cannonball in the free agency pool with the Joey Porter acquisition, the Cardinals need to bulk up on pass rushers and build for the future. Michigan OLB/DE Brandon Graham could fit the bill.

Standing at 6'2" and weighing in at 268, Graham's size is an issue. Graham fired back at scouts who were concerned about his size by asking what they wanted to see from him at the Combine. They told him to go out there and work hard.

Graham did just that. He was a top-performer in both the 40-yard dash and bench press. Graham credits his drive.

"It's a bigger challenge for me to go out there and put up better numbers than everybody else," Graham said. "[I need to] make sure I stay on my game and continue to have the motor that I have."

Graham's motor and pre-draft showing could land him out of reach for the Cardinals.

"I'm trying to be Top 10, that's where I'm trying to go," Graham said.

Graham's worked hard this offseason to do just that. He also understood there was room for improvement.

"My weakness [is] opening my hips a little bit more. Sometimes I might get past a guy, the guy might put one hand on me be a split second late and ball gone. I feel like I need to work on my hips a little more."


Want more on Graham? Read our past interview with him where he talks about Alan Branch (click here).

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