Right now Eagles number-one draft pick Brandon Graham is lining up with the second-team defense but don’t expect that to last too long.¬† The Eagles gave up a total of three draft picks, so they could move up 11 spots and get this Wolverine pass rusher.
They didn’t do all of that, so he would a great seat to watch Eagles games.¬† He’s not going to be backing up long, despite the fact that veteran strong man Juqua Parker isn’t interested in giving up his starting position any time soon.
I could see by checking Graham out for a practice that this young man is quick has speed along with great body control.¬† I love the way he uses his hands to keep himself free.
The big offensive linemen in the NFL, hate dealing with guys like Graham who are¬† short, quick pass rushers that will rush so low that they’re willing to go underground to get to the passer.
I don’t know if he can rush the passer like Indianapolis’ Dwight Freeney but he’s surely built like him.¬† Graham is a former fat boy who lost the weight and became a monster in the process.
Charles Barkley has the same story.¬† If a player’s legs are strong enough to handle 300 plus pounds, you can imagine what they can do with only 260 pounds to move.
I can’t wait to see him employ that “Freeney spin” on some of the Eagles offensive tackles.¬† I wanted them to do some one-on-one pass drills at the practices today but they were only in shorts today.
I’m also anxious to see him getting up the field on the left side and Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole getting up the field on the right side.¬† Can they make opposing quarterbacks quiver when they’re on the hunt?
The Birds have been looking for a passing rushing partner for Cole for too long.¬† I hope Graham is the guy.
The rookie will miss the team’s practices on Saturday and Sunday because he’s¬† headed back to the University of Michigan for a graduation ceremony tomorrow.
That will give him a chance to get in his playbook and study all of the defenses and adjustments which Birds defensive coordinator Sean McDermott threw at him for a couple of days.
Graham knows he needs to spend more time in his playbook.
“I need to work on getting in my playbook a little bit more.¬† The biggest problem with me is, I’ll get there and I’ll hear the call in the huddle, but I forget about everybody else making checks behind me, I’ll just be like, that’s one thing I have to work on”, Graham said in an interview after practice today.
In truth, the looking at the playbook isn’t what he needs to do.¬† He needs to beat his man on 3rd and long.¬† If he does that the Eagles got their man.¬† It’s as simple as that.