The Case for Brandon Graham: The Best Fit For The 49ers 3-4 Puzzle

April 13, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Weeks ago, I wrote off Brandon Graham as the solution to San Francisco's pass rush woes. Focusing on taller, more rangy defensive end types that could convert to outside line backer and rush the outside, I wanted a player who could reach into the pocket and force fumbles. I looked at Julius Peppers as the archetype and poster child for what the 49ers defense was missing.
Although I still like this mould of pass rusher, I have come to another conclusion: The 3-4 defense is tailor made for Brandon Graham, and Graham would fit right in on the 49ers front seven.
At 6'1", 263 lbs. Graham is a different type of play maker. Watching highlights, I didn't see him reaching into any pockets or backfields—he was simply busting through them.
The young man led the nation in tackles for loss (26) and registered ten sacks in 2009 alone before being named the Senior Bowl MVP with five tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.
His play makes me think James Harrison instead o...

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