Thomas Graham Jr. turning heads at the 2021 Senior Bowl originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
Thomas Graham Jr. is finally back on the field after opting out of the 2020-2021 Oregon Football season.
The three-year Ducks starting corner was invited and accepted an invitation to this year’s 2021 Senior Bowl.
If you recall, former Oregon quarterback and potential 2021 NFL Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert was named the 2020 Senior Bowl MVP (which also raised his NFL draft stock).
It sounds like Graham is turning heads at Senior Bowl practices this week.
Here are some guys that stood out on Day 3 of practice from the National team.
1. Arizona State WR Frank Darby
2. Oregon CB Thomas Graham Jr.
3. Washington CB Keith Taylor
4. Minnesota CB Benjamin St-Juste
5. Notre Dame QB Ian Book #Reeses #SeniorBowl
— Nicholas Moreano (@NicholasMoreano) January 28, 2021
Thomas Graham Jr. had some really strong reps Day 1 at the Senior Bowl. Great body positioning, crisp feet, flips the hip with ease, stays patient, and ends up sticking to Darby like glue. pic.twitter.com/zld4CSBktG
— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) January 29, 2021
Draft tweet. Stop sleeping on Oregon CB Thomas Graham Jr. He was the best player in that 2019 secondary. Not Jevon Holland.
— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) January 28, 2021
The Senior Bowl will kickoff on Saturday, January 30 at 1:30 p.m. (ET) in Mobile, Alabama and you can watch the game on NFL Network.
After a great day in practice, Thomas Graham (@_TG4__ ) out of #Oregon talks about what he wants to show this week, and if he felt any difference in his ball skills having not played football in over a year. #SeniorBowl #TheDraftStartsInMobile pic.twitter.com/05zskEDUrE
— Dylan is in Mobile (@DillySanders) January 28, 2021
Here’s a breakdown of his three-year career in the Oregon secondary:
Immediately made an impact from the moment he stepped on campus. Earned the starting role on the opposite side of senior Arrion Springs. Made 12 consecutive starts and played in all 13 games. Graham Jr. tied for the team lead and ranked sixth in the Pac-12 with three interceptions. He finished his freshman campaign with 49 solo tackles, three interceptions, and seven pass breakups.
After a breakout freshman campaign, opposing quarterbacks continued to throw Graham’s way. In his sophomore year, he finished with 21 pass breakups, 47 solo tackles and three interceptions.
Graham Jr. continued to make big plays in what would eventually be his final season in green and yellow. He finished with 47 tackles, two interceptions, 12 pass breakups and one forced fumble.
He also made two huge interceptions in 2019: on the national stage against Auburn in week one; and again on the national stage in the 2020 Rose Bowl against Wisconsin.
He would have entered his senior year as the FBS active leader in passes defended (40) and pass breakups (32).