Bears Take Graham With Final Pick Of The Sixth Round
EUGENE, Ore. — The Chicago Bears made Oregon cornerback Thomas Graham Jr. the final pick of the sixth round and the 228th overall selection on Saturday in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Graham is the fifth Duck taken in this year's draft, joining left tackle Penei Sewell, safeties Jevon Holland and Brady Breeze, and fellow cornerback Deommodore Lenoir. This marks the first time since 2015 that Oregon has had five or more players selected in the same NFL Draft.
With Holland, Lenoir, Breeze and now Graham, this is the first time in program history that four defensive backs were drafted in the same year. Graham and Lenoir mark the first time that two Oregon players listed as cornerbacks were taken in the same NFL Draft.
A three-year starter before opting out of the 2020 season, Graham racked up 182 career tackles (143 solo), eight interceptions, 40 passes defended and a forced fumble in 40 career games. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native recorded double-figure pass breakups in each of his final two seasons.
Graham was a Pro Football Focus all-Pac-12 second-team selection as a junior after ranking fifth in the conference with an 82.9 coverage grade. He was one of 21 FBS players with 60-plus tackles and 10-plus pass breakups, tied for fifth-most in the Pac-12, and he added 5.0 tackles for loss. Graham went on to participate in the 2021 Senior Bowl.
Graham tied for third nationally with 18 pass breakups as a sophomore in 2018, earning AP second-team all-Pac-12 honors. He had three interceptions in each of his first two seasons, including a pick-6 against Oregon State in 2018. In 2017, Graham's three picks tied for eighth-most among FBS freshmen.
2021 Oregon NFL Draft Picks
1. OT Penei Sewell (1st Round, No. 7 overall, Detroit Lions)
2. S Jevon Holland (2nd Round, No. 36 overall, Miami Dolphins)
3. CB Deommodore Lenoir (5th Round, No. 172 overall, San Francisco 49ers)
4. S Brady Breeze (6th Round, No. 215 overall, Tennessee Titans)
5. CB Thomas Graham (6th Round, No. 228 overall, Chicago Bears)