Some of these defensive ends make it while others don’t and there’s no formula to say which ones will make it and which ones won’t.¬† Remember these same Eagles drafted Jerome McDougle, Bryan Smith and Victor Abiamiri, while signing the recently departed Chris Clemons.
Moving up to get one of these defensive ends is putting all your eggs in one basket.¬† It can prove to be very costly.
The Eagles also made this pick without getting to know Graham one-on-one because he said the Eagles didn’t spend any time with him and didn’t bring him in to visit the Nova Care complex.
I would have taken the Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan.¬† I thought he was just as impressive as Graham on tape but he’s bigger at 6’4″ as compared to Graham who is 6’1″.¬† I like size but the Eagles clearly don’t make it a priority.
They saw Cole and Douglas in Graham, which is a quick and undersized defensive end who refused to be blocked.¬† I hope it was Cole and Douglas and not McDougle and Smith.
This young man has tenacity.¬† He gets off the ball on every play and gives full effort until the play is over.¬† That’s the main thing that I saw in watching Graham play.
At times he comes inside to make plays and at other times he comes around the corner to make plays.¬† That’s very important because all the outstanding pass rushers in the league are able to beat you inside or outside.
Offensive tackles can take away either the inside or the outside move, so you have to be able to mix it up and Graham has shown that he can do that.
Still, there’s quite a risk there because all of the factors we’re talking about brings to mind Jerome McDougle who supposedly had a great motor, refused to be blocked and the Birds also moved up to get him.
McDougle was a miserble bust who isn’t even in the league.¬† Like him Graham looks good on tape but that’s against a bunch of guys who will never play in the NFL and headed to jobs as insurance salesman and
Hopefully the Eagles now have two outstanding pass rushers now and they won’t have to rely on the blitz so much.¬† For years they have been a very good defense during the