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John Graves

| | College: Virginia Tech
 
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Overview

Graves was a key contributor and team leader for the Hokies, earning second-team All-ACC as a senior.

Graves could fit as a rotational defensive tackle in a one-gap scheme such as the Colts or Bears, but also could have a future as a defensive end, especially as a strong-side defensive end.

A team like the Ravens, where his relative power, quickness and agility could be best utilized when the team uses a four-man front, makes sense. Fitting Graves in the right scheme and position will be important, but there is no denying his athletic talent and top intangibles will get him drafted.

Analysis

Positives: Three-year starter is an agile one-gap DT prospect with potential at defensive end. Quick off the snap, staying low, and can penetrate gaps. Good athlete who can run and change direction easily. Can chase wide runs from behind. Production was somewhat limited by frequent double-teams. Blocked three kicks as a sophomore and a PAT vs. Stanford in the Orange Bowl. Hard worker and team leader.

Negatives: Is undersized to be an every-down defensive tackle and might not have much room to grow. Is not stout against the run as an interior defensive lineman. If initial penetration attempt failed, rarely did much during the play. Disappeared in some big games, especially against Boise State in 2010. While quick, agile and athletic, he's not truly elite in any category -- upside is limited. Had injury issues in 2009.

2010 Season

A second-team All-ACC selection at the defensive tackle spot … Entered the season as the only returning starter along the defensive line … Started all 13 games this year, recording 35 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and half a sack … A senior leader on a young defense.

Had four tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in the season opener … Was in on a tackle for loss and four total tackles against JMU … Had three tackles and two hurries in the ECU game … Picked up a tackle for loss against BC … Shared a TFL on the way to three tackles and two hurries at NC State … Had three hurries against Central Michigan … Collected nine tackles in the Georgia Tech game … Had six tackles and shared a sack at UNC … Had a hurry and a pair of tackles against Virginia … Stopped a big fourth-down try by Florida State during the fourth quarter of the ACC title game.

2009 Season

Started eight games … Had over 300 plays under his belt, but was not able to play full speed until the bowl game … Had just 12 tackles but managed to hurry the quarterback 10 times … Played 62 snaps on defense and 10 on special teams in the opener against Alabama … Was in on two tackles and posted five quarterback hurries … Had a tackle and hurry in the Marshall game … Added another hurry against Nebraska … Suffered an injured ankle and saw only brief play on special teams against Miami and Duke … Returned to his starting tackle role against Boston College and played 24 snaps … Had a tackle and 14 plays at Georgia Tech before reinjuring his ankle … Played 55 downs against UNC with a pair of tackles and a hurry.

Came off the bench for 26 plays at ECU … Started at Maryland and had three tackles and a hurry in 35 plays … Was in for 16 plays against NC State with a tackle and a hurry … Finished up with 26 plays at Virginia … Posted his first career sack in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Tennessee … Had three tackles, two for losses … Also forced and recovered a fumble … His 4.84 time in the 40 was best among the defensive tackles during off-season testing … His 425-pound bench press was third-best on the team … Was one of two players to earn 100% Effort Awards for all six of the team's pre-spring 6 a.m. workouts … Won the President's Award for outstanding leadership by a defensive player during off-season workouts and spring practice … Also named the defensive MVP of the spring.

2008 Season

A starter on the extra point/field goal block team, as well as at tackle … Compiled 26 tackles, four for losses, and hurried the quarterback 11 times during the season … Started and played a combined total of 74 snaps during the first two games … Blocked an extra point that was returned for a defensive PAT against East Carolina … Blocked a field goal in the win over Furman … Made it three games in a row with the block of a PAT versus Georgia Tech … Added two tackles, one for a loss, and two hurries in that game … Caused and recovered a fumble, broke up a pass, hurried the QB twice and added five tackles in win at UNC … Hurried the quarterback twice and broke up a pass in the win at Nebraska … Recovered a fumble and posted a hurry against Boston College … Had a tackle for loss and a hurry in the FSU game … Shared a tackle behind the line and picked up a hurry during the Maryland game.

Posted three tackles and shared a sack in the Miami game … Was in on 50 plays against Duke with a pair of tackles and a QB hurry … Played 46 downs against Virginia with three tackles … Picked up four tackles while playing 60 snaps in the ACC title game against BC … Added another tackle in the Orange Bowl … His 35 1/2-inch vertical jump during off-season testing was the best among the defensive tackles … Was moved to defensive end prior to spring practice … Had a sack and four total tackles for loss in the first full scrimmage … Blocked a field goal in another scrimmage and posted a pair of tackles during the Maroon-White game.

2007 Season

Saw his first collegiate action with 12 defensive plays and two more on special teams … Was in on a pair of tackles … Was credited with two tackles, including one behind the line at LSU … Played 17 downs on defense against Ohio and had three tackles … Worked 32 plays against William & Mary, contributing two quarterback hurries and a tackle for loss … Had a hurry in the UNC game … Picked up two more hurries at Clemson on 26 plays … Contributed a tackle and a QB hurry at Georgia Tech … Hurried the quarterback twice while playing 22 downs against Miami.

Was in on a tackle and had a pair of hurries during the ACC Championship game against BC … Finished the season with 11 total tackles and 11 quarterback hurries … Bench pressed 400 pounds during off-season testing and recorded a 360-pound push jerk … Posted a sack in each of the team's two major spring scrimmages … Won the Frank O. Moseley Award for the defensive player who exhibited the most hustle during the off-season and spring workouts.

2006 Season

Was redshirted while working at defensive tackle … Posted a 390-pound bench press and 360-pound push jerk during spring max testing … Led the tackles with a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump … Got most of his work at end during spring practice … Won the Paul Torgersen Award as the top defensive newcomer in the spring.

High School

An All-America selection by PrepStar and SuperPrep … Played defensive end and offensive guard as a four-year starter for Coach Bill Bowles at Meadowbrook … Ranked the No. 7 player in the state by The Roanoke Times in its postseason list … Ranked the No. 7 player in Virginia by SuperPrep … Listed as the No. 11 player in his state by rivals.com in its final state rankings … Had 65 tackles as a senior, including nine sacks and 12 tackles for loss, in earning district defensive player of the year honors … Also had two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five blocked kicks … Named first-team all-state by The Associated Press as a defensive lineman … Named first-team all-state by the VHSCA as both an offensive guard and defensive end … Earned first-team All-Metro honors from the Richmond Times-Dispatch … Named first-team all-Central District as both an offensive guard and a defensive end … Set a school record by blocking 12 kicks during his career … Scored defensive touchdowns this past season on an interception and a fumble return … As a junior, was the Central District, region and All-Metro defensive player of the year in leading his team to a State AAA, Group 5 state title … Rated the No. 21 strongside defensive end in the country by rivals.com … Listed as the No. 32 defensive lineman in the country by SuperPrep … Rated the No. 34 defensive tackle in the country by scout.com … Rated the No. 90 player in the country and the No. 22 defensive end in the country by collegefootballnews.com … Ranked the No. 54 postseason prospect on the scout.com East Region Hot 100 … Started every game on varsity during his four-year career.

Personal

John Walter Graves … Born 6/25/87 in Richmond, VA … Son of John and Joyce Graves … Enrolled in university studies.

 
Latest News
03/25/2011 - Virginia Tech Pro day: Every team was represented at Virginia Tech's March 17 pro day, where 17 players worked out. DL John Graves (6 3 1/8, 279) posted 40 times of 5.10 and 5.09, a 4.56 short shuttle and 7.40 three-cone drill. He also had a 32 1/2 vertical, 10-1 broad jump. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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