I'll start off by saying I think Brandon Graham would be great for the Pats. The biggest weakness of the Pats is their inability to get to the QB, and it's been a big issue for a while. And Graham can flat out get to the qb. He made the OT's at the Senior Bowl look silly, and, if you watch the clips, he's got a little Rodney Harrison attitude going for him when he's on the field. How many 3rd and 15's have the Pats given up? How many times have crappy QB's like Chad Henne ripped up their secondary? And, most importantly, how many premiere QB's have the Pats outplayed in the last three years? It think pass rush needs to be addressed, but I'm not certain whether BB would actually pick Graham based on this comment:
"I think the outside linebacker group this year was a little bit different," Belichick said. "Generally speaking, I'd say there were more shorter players, maybe a little less speed than what we've seen, but maybe a little more power with good production. There weren't a lot of 4.6, 4.65 guys in the [40-yard dash], and not a lot of 6-[foot]-4[-inch], 6-5 guys. There was a much smaller pool of those players."
What does everyone think? I'm of the opinion that his height premium is really hurting the Pats. I would agree with BB if the taller pass rushers in the NFL were far superior to the shorter ones, but that simply isn't the case. There are several shorter pass rushers that can wreck an offense, and I think Graham fits that criteria perfectly. And I'm confident he can hold up at the end of the line based on the power he showed when going up against interior lineman in college.