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

Article By on 13th April, 2010

... 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 tack...

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