Jalen Graham
Jalen Graham  LB  Purdue | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Jalen Graham
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Detroit, MI
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Jalen Graham LB Purdue | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Jalen Graham LB Purdue
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #301 Position Rank: #40 (LB)
40 time: 4.68 seconds
Height: 6-3 Weight: 220
Overall Rating: 76.0 / 100
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DRAFT PROJECTION: UDFA Position rank: #40
College Games: 30 College Snaps: 1859
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (77/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #87 Pos Rank: #72 State Rank: #23
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (86.14/100 )
Ovr Rank: #77 Pos Rank: #26
Draft Profile: Bio
Jalen Graham from Cass Technical High High School was rated a 3 star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3 star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Graham opted to join Purdue.

In 2019 as a freshman Graham saw action in 11 games and played on a total of 602 snaps for the Boilermakers. He recorded 34 tackles, 6 assists, while adding 20 stops. In coverage Graham notched up 3 pass break ups, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 113.7. As a pass rusher, he added 3 total pressures, which included 2 QB hurries, one QB hit, and no sacks on the season.

As a sophomore for the Boilermakers in 2020 Graham played in 5 games and took part on 328 snaps for the Boilermakers. He recorded 11 tackles, 5 assists, while adding 6 stops. In coverage Graham made no pass break ups, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 118.8.

In 2021 as a junior Graham played in 13 games and contributed on 851 snaps. He recorded 55 tackles, 17 assists, while making 29 stops. In coverage Graham chalked up 6 pass break ups, 2 interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 67.0. As a pass rusher, he produced 10 total pressures, which included 6 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and one sack on the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Closes quickly on relatively immobile quarterbacks. A consistently heavy hitter who flashes explosiveness and the ability to separate the ball.
  • Keeps feet moving after initial contact. Jumps inside as a counter to typical rush, but needs to show a larger variety of moves.
  • Handles misdirection well with quick change-of-direction ability. Comes downhill quickly against the run when Graham has an open lane.
  • Shows a burst to close. Flashes explosive hitting ability and good lateral and downfield pursuit.
  • Graham plays bigger than his listed size, with the functional strength and motor to take on and hold ground against much bigger blockers.
  • Graham will always try to plow into the largest piles and has a good knack of ending up glued to the ballcarrier.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Generally an effective openfield tackler but doesn't wrap up consistently. Shows only average awareness in coverage.
  • He’s not a guy who can be put on the edge every down and be expected to consistently create pressure.
  • Has lean limbs and needs to get stronger and add bulk to his frame.
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