Name: Tyson Graham Jr
School: South Dakota
Conference: Missouri Valley Conference
Projected NFL Position: SS
Draft Class: 2017
Q&A with Tyson Graham Jr.
What is your name, school, and position?
Tyson Graham , The University of South Dakota, Strong Safety
What is your height and weight?
What do you consider your biggest asset on the field?
Tackling and Versatility
Why did you choose your current college to further your football career?
I felt as though USD was just the best fit for me to not only continue my football career but also earn my degree. They blessed with me that opportunity.
What is something about yourself, that most people don’t know?
Best Madden player..
What is one area of your game that you would like to improve, and what’s your plan to do so?
Coverage..I feel as though you can always polish up your coverage skills.
Who is the best player that you’ve played against so far in your career?
David Johnson – UNI (Arizona Cardinals starting RB)
Who is your favorite NFL player at your position and why?
Kam Chancellor (Seattle Seahawks SS)…The passion and and physicality he brings to the game is crazy!
What NFL team is your favorite and why?
Washington Redskins..Always been a huge fan, since Sean Taylor, Clinton Portis all those guys.
Any parting words for your fans or friends?
To my friends and guys still in college, just keep grinding and don’t give up.
One of six team captains–Moved to LB
71 total tackles and 4 interceptions
One of 39 Coyotes who competed in all 11 games … started 10 of 11 games at free safety … earned honorable mention all-MVFC honors … finished as the team’s second-leading tackler with 71 including 41 solo stops and 1.5 for loss … finished second in the MVFC and ranked 29th nationally in interceptions per game with four picks in 11 games … also credited with three pass breakups … forced a fumble that USD recovered at the goal line in the first quarter against Kansas State in the season opener (9/5) … twice led the team in tackles … had 10 stops in games against Youngstown State (10/3) and South Dakota State (11/14) … helped anchor a defense that ranked 31st nationally in total defense and 21stnationally in pass defense
South Dakota’s leading tackler with 97 stops … ranked seventh in the Missouri Valley and 87th nationally in tackles per game (8.1) … led the team with 44 solo tackles … one of six Coyotes who picked off a pass during the season … led the team with seven pass breakups … one of 25 Coyotes who played in all 12 games … started the final nine games of the season at free safety … had a solo tackle on Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota in the season opener at FBS national runner-up Oregon (8/30) … had eight stops (seven solo) against the Ducks … had 39 tackles in a span of three games against Southern Illinois (13), UNI (12) and Missouri State (season-high 14) … intercepted a pass in the home opener against William Penn that led to an offensive touchdown that sealed the win (9/6) … had seven special teams tackles.
Played in all 12 games and started the first three games of the season at wide receiver … had a 37-yard reception at Kansas (9/7) … played mostly on special teams … had two special-teams tackles at UNI (10/19) and three special-teams stops vs. Youngstown State (11/2) … was named Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week (leading up to Illinois State).
Redshirted…offensive scout team player of the week heading into the North Dakota State game.
Attended Highlands Christian Academy where he was named one of the top 50 players in Broward County, while earning Defensive Player of the Year honors and all-conference honors as a senior…He was selected for the Palm Beach vs. Broward All-Star Game…Led the team in tackles as a free safety with 96…Had 10 total touchdowns, 500 receiving yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions as a senior.
Son of Tyson Graham, Sr. and C’estquea Graham… kinesiology and sports science major.
Graham Jr. is a thowback Strong Safety, and excels while playing close to the line of scrimmage. He’s a sure tackler, that does well diagnosing the play and navigating through the trash to get to the ball carrier. He shifted to Linebacker his Senior season, and did well there also. He is solid in coverage as well, and his versatility is his biggest asset. His experience both playing Safety and Linebacker can be invaluable as he looks to find his place at the next level. Take a look at our Small School Draft HQ here.