Eagles Select DE Graham
By Lance Epstein
With the Denver Broncos on the clock at 13, the Philadelphia seized the opportunity to move up to select a player they truly covet.
Every fan and analyst thought for sure that they were going to select University of Texas safety Earl Thomas, but instead it happened to be Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham.
The Eagles used both of their third round picks along with their first-round pick at No. 24 to move up to the No. 13 position.
This marks the sixth time in the last eight years that the Eagles have moved up in the first round. After making the trade to get Graham, the Eagles have seven draft choices remaining in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Graham, (6-1, 268) is expected to start at left defensive end for the Eagles. However this raises many questions for the Eagles. One being they truly believe that Ellis Hobbs is a starting caliber cornerback next season? Many around the league do not feel is not worthy of being a starter. In his early season play, he was not very impressive and then he got injured.
Also another question is if Graham is a better prospect than Thomas or even Boise State Kyle Wilson? Those are two positions that the Eagles truly lack talent at and much more pressing needs.
Furthermore, Graham will be compared to Giants draft selection of Jason Pierre-Paul (two picks later) for the rest of his career. If Graham fails and Paul succeeds, the Eagles will never here the end of it.
This is a very questionable pick for the Eagles because they just traded for Darryl Tapp and gave him a nice extension-- starter money extension. The Eagles are hoping that Graham lives up to scouts expectations in which they compared him to a smaller version of Dwight Freeney do to his high motor.
This is not the pick that Eagles fans expected as they moved up to the No. 13 pick. Fans must now hope he becomes a Trent Cole player, not another Mike Mamula or Jerome McDougle.