Thomas Graham Jr.
vs Stanford (2019), vs Colorado (2019), vs Auburn (2019)
Graham Jr. is a decent sized corner and possesses elite hip fluidity. This allows for him to break in and out of cuts with ease. He does a great job in man and press coverage sticking to the receivers hip and keeping his hands active. He has great instincts in zone coverage, especially in the flats. His ability to understand a quarterback's thought process, allows for him to be dangerous in anticipating throws in zone coverage. He possesses great ball skills at the catch point, which resulted in many pass break ups. He is extremely physical and engages receivers without hesitation. He is a willing tackler, who has no problem sticking his nose in the pile to make a play. He plays with a mean streak and confidence that coaches covet at the corner position.
Graham Jr. is not a flashy athlete. He does not possess deep speed. His leaping ability is underwhelming. His ability to recover is slow and extremely concerning. At times he looks lost in zone coverage. For longer developing routes and in zone coverage he is flat footed. This makes him susceptible to breaking routes and double moves. His aggressive style of play at times, puts him out of position. He is a bit undersized for a corner, which has made him struggle against larger receivers. He has a problem shedding blocks on the perimeter. He struggles to finish tackles.
Graham Jr. has a chance to make a name for himself and carve out a niche role as a boundary corner in the NFL. He lacks ideal size and struggles against larger bodies on the perimeter. He is an average athlete, which concerns some teams. What he lacks in size in speed, he makes up for in technique, instincts and physicality. He possesses some of the best hip fluidity in this year's class and he utilizes it to stick to the receivers hip. He is great underneath in zone coverage and has the ball skills to break plays up. Graham Jr. has to work on his ability to recover or he will not last long in the league. He is physical in the run game and is not afraid to come up and lay the lumber. Graham Jr. plays hard and is confident in his ability. He has the potential to be a successful boundary corner in a press man coverage, where he can utilize his beautiful technique and the sideline. He has a lot of experience and with the right system he could make an immediate impact for the team that drafts him. He has a high floor, which will likely get him drafted early on day 3.
Graham Jr. is an average athlete. He has enough lateral agility and foot quickness to stick to receivers in man coverage. He does not possess elite speed for a corner. He plays strong for his size. He flashes good balance at times.
Big Play Ability
Graham Jr. showed promise in press coverage with his great mirror ability and active hands. He does well in press man if he can utilize the boundary. His underneath zone coverage is a work of art, but gets lost in space at times. His ability to recover is extremely concerning. Graham Jr.'s greatest trait is his hip fluidity. It may be the best in this year's draft class.
Graham Jr. possess elite ball skills. He is great at the catch point and recorded a lot of pass breaks up in college. For his size and frame he does a good job high pointing the football. He lacks closing quickness, but makes up for it with technique.
Graham Jr. is a willing and able tacker in the run game. He engages blocks well and is physical at the point of attack. He is a capable tackler, but whiffs often. His pursuit angles at times are questionable.
Engage with Blockers
Graham Jr. is the ultimate competitor. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He is a high motor guy, who brought consistency to the defensive back room at Oregon. His confidence on the field popped on tape.
Graham Jr.'s ability to recognize different route concepts and understand what the quarterback's reads, helped him tremendously in making up for his lack of speed. Due to his frame and lack of elite athletic traits, his versatility is limited to playing the boundary. At times, it was evident communication was a struggle for him. This resulted in blown assignments.