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2015 NFL DRAFT

Graham Pocic, C

School: Illinois  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Lemont, IL
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 314 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
40214-
2012 Season
Named Offensive MVP of 2012 Spring Practice.
2011 Season
Started at center in all 13 games ... Earned the Illinois Faculty Award for Exemplary Leadership in community, classroom and on fied for 2011-12 ... Helped the Illini to 301 total yards and 149 rushing yards against Wisconsin ... Aided the Illini in 518 yards of total offense, including 308 rushing in win over Indiana ... Helped Illinois to 473 total yards against Northwestern ... Helped the Illini to 296 rushing yards and 463 total yards against Western Michigan ... Paved the way for 519 yards of total offense, including 364 rushing in win over South Dakota State ... Started at center and helped the Illini to 202 rushing yards and 473 total yards against Arkansas State.
2010 Season
All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches and media) ... Phil Steele's third-team All-Big Ten ... Started all 13 games at center... Helped pave the way for the top rushing offense in the Big Ten and the 11th-best in the nation (246.1 ypg) ... The Illini offense broke school records for points in a season (423) and points per game (32.54) in addition to producing the fourth-most total yards (5,162) and second-most rushing yards (3,199) in school history ... Aided the Illini offense in posting 533 yards of total offense in Texas Bowl win over Baylor ... Helped Illini tally 318 yards rushing at Fresno State ... Paved the way for 559 yards of total offense, including a season-high 519 rushing, in win over Northwestern ... Helped Illinois' offense record a season-high 561 yards of total offense, including 315 rushing, at Michigan ... Paved the way for 437 total yards, including 282 yards rushing, in win at Penn State ... Aided the Illini offense in racking up 319 rushing yards in victory over Northern Illinois ... Named co-Most Improved Offensive Player during 2010 spring drills.
2009 Season
Redshirt Freshman: Played in 10 games on the season ... Illini offense ranked 18th in the NCAA in rushing and second in the Big Ten ... Offense rushed for over 300 yards three times: vs. Illinois State, Michigan and Fresno State.

2008 SEASON: Redshirted the 2008 season ... Enrolled at Illinois in January 2008.

High School: PrepStar Magazine Dream Team ... Named to the Chicago Sun Times All-Area team ... Earned first-team All-State honors by the Chicago Tribune ... Four-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Named to the Rivals 250 team ... First-team All-State by the Champaign News-Gazette ... Four-star recruit by Scout.com ... Named to the Midwest Hot 100 list by Scout.com ... Team broke 6A record for rushing yards in a playoff game vs. Highland Park ... Also broke school records for points per game (35), points in a season (490), total offense in a season (4,863) and rushing yards per game (295.2) ... Listed as the 16th-best offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com ... Ranked the fifth-best player in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 23 among offensive linemen nationally by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep All-American ... Led Lemont team to the school's first appearance in the Illinois state finals in 2007 ... Named team captain ... Had 26 scholarship offers ... Played in the Offense-Defense All-Star game in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., after his senior season ... Bench pressed over 350 pounds and squats 450 ... High school coach was Eric Michaelsen.

2008 Season
Redshirted the 2008 season ... Enrolled at Illinois in January 2008.
High School
PrepStar Magazine Dream Team ... Named to the Chicago Sun Times All-Area team ... Earned first-team All-State honors by the Chicago Tribune ... Four-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Named to the Rivals 250 team ... First-team All-State by the Champaign News-Gazette ... Four-star recruit by Scout.com ... Named to the Midwest Hot 100 list by Scout.com ... Team broke 6A record for rushing yards in a playoff game vs. Highland Park ... Also broke school records for points per game (35), points in a season (490), total offense in a season (4,863) and rushing yards per game (295.2) ... Listed as the 16th-best offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com ... Ranked the fifth-best player in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 23 among offensive linemen nationally by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep All-American ... Led Lemont team to the school's first appearance in the Illinois state finals in 2007 ... Named team captain ... Had 26 scholarship offers ... Played in the Offense-Defense All-Star game in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., after his senior season ... Bench pressed over 350 pounds and squats 450 ... High school coach was Eric Michaelsen.
Personal
Full given name is Graham Patrick Pocic ... Born on April 5, 1990 ... Son of Kim and Gary Pocic ... Majoring in sport management ... Chose Illinois over Michigan, Florida, Penn State, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
 
Latest News
07/31/2012 - Top-five Illinois prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. C Graham Pocic...The Illinois projected offensive starters boasts just a pair of seniors, including three-year starting center Pocic, who is the lone offensive player on this list. It's rare to see tall players snapping the football with most centers, both college and pro, measuring at 6-4 or shorter, but Pocic is listed at 6-7 and is the tallest player on the Illini offensive line. At every program around the country, it's important to keep high-profile prep recruits in-state and Illinois was able to do that with Lemont-product as he received scholarship offers from Michigan, Florida, Penn State and several other prominent schools. After redshirting in 2008 and serving as the back-up in 2009, Pocic became the starting center as a sophomore (13 starts) and helped the Illinois offense break school records for points in a season and points per game. He started all 13 games again last season as a junior and is the unquestioned leader of the Illini offensive line in 2012, a group that will need as much guidance as possible. Pocic is physically strong and aggressive with the grit to finish through the whistle and tough-out the battles in the trenches. With several talented interior defensive linemen coming from Big Ten programs the past few years, including his own teammates, Pocic has been routinely tested as the rock of the Illinois line. Although not likely to be a day one or two pick like the first four prospects on this list, Pocic currently projects as a mid-to-late round player and a borderline top-five senior at his position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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