Ah, one of the most popular terms during NFL Draft season: Hybrid.
That's what they're calling 6'1", 263 pound linebacker/defensive end Brandon Graham out of Michigan. The Chiefs spoke with him at the Senior Bowl and he came away intrigued.
"I’ve met with almost everybody so far," Graham told Chris Steuber of Scout.com, "but the teams that stick out to me the most are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. But, I couldn’t really tell if a team showed more interest over another. It’s exciting to just meet with NFL teams in general. For them to want to interview me and see what I’m about, that’s a blessing."
ESPN's Todd McShay said the Michigan defense wasn't great last season but Graham was "always hustling, always making plays, always dominating against double-team attention all the time."
Graham said some teams have told him they like him at linebacker while others haven't specified. He did say that many of the teams noted his "motor", a description that fits another Kansas City linebacker that the coaching staff hs come to like.
Graham also the comparison he hears most often is Lamarr Woodley, former Michigan star and current linebacker for the Steelers. In fact, he's using the same Michigan strength and conditioning coach to prepare for the NFL Combine that Woodley did.
NFLDraftScout.com ranks him as the sixth best defensive end in the draft but the Chiefs would likely be interested in him as a linebacker.
The Chiefs could use help at both inside and outside linebacker.