In the 2010 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected defensive end Brandon Graham with the 14th pick. The Eagles needed a pass-rusher in the worst way, and Graham was one of the best pass-rushing prospects in the draft. He was one of the biggest moves on draft day not just for the Eagles, but in the league.
In this year’s draft, Graham should make news again, but this time, he should be leaving the Eagles.
Graham’s tenure with the Eagles has been disappointing to say the least. The former first-round pick has failed to live up to his expectations that was set for him. He was one of the better pass rushers in that draft class, and he has spent more time off the field than on it. He has certainly not been a factor on the Eagles’ defense, and its time that the team moves on from the former first-round pick.
Graham did show potential last season. Due to injuries, Graham got his chance to start and showed he could be productive pass-rushing linebacker. He showed both versatility and athleticism in his time during that season. In just a couple of games started, he had 5.5 sacks with two forced fumbles. Despite playing in every game this season, Graham failed to make an impact on the field, as he struggled to adjust to the 3-4 defensive scheme the Eagles were converting to.
It is time for the Eagles to move on from their failed prospect. There simply isn’t a space for him on the roster or the field. Sure, he had played well in limited roles, but he doesn’t fit what the Eagles are trying to do on defense anymore. He doesn’t have the size to be a 3-4 defensive end, and he just isn’t a productive 3-4 outside linebacker as he showed last season.
There are still teams that would look to add Graham to their roster. He is a gifted linebacker and has the potential to be a good player in the right system. The Eagles should try to trade Graham on draft day.
It’s tough to evaluate what Graham might be valued at given his lack of playing time. However, there should be a lot of teams that would interested in Graham for a late-round draft pick. Graham is a player that, if well coached, he could be a really good role player on defense for many teams. He is still young and has the potential to be a better player in this league. The Eagles asking for a fifth or sixth-round pick for him shouldn’t be too much.
Trading Graham would also help the Eagles in their rebuilding process. There are plenty of needs the Eagles have on both sides of the ball, and trading for a mid-round prospect could add even more firepower to an already talented roster. If the Eagles want to make another splash, they should trade Graham in the draft.