While doing my daily lurking of all that is Eagles, I stumbled upon an interesting article over on the ESPN website. Our very own first round draft pick (13th overall) Brandon Graham out of Michigan is considered by Scout Inc’s Matt Williamson to be not only the biggest potential impact rookie in the NFC East, but also his pick for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Now, we all know its way too soon to be picking award winners before the season has even started. The guy hasn’t even been signed yet (but as Sam Bradford contract talks start up, the rest of the 1st rounders will follow). But the point is that this guy is starting to turn heads already. Trent Cole has one DE spot on lock, but the other is very much open for competition and Williamson believes Graham will surpass the others at win the starting job.
Williamson makes a great point: The (VERY) underrated Cole will dominate many of the left tackles he will face this year. This will require teams to send an extra blocker, be it a TE or a RB, to help out. This, as Williamson says, “sets up Graham perfectly for a monster rookie season.” Graham is hardworking and physical, and will take a lot of abuse without wearing down.
Last week Graham talked to the media after talking to some high school freshmen. He said that he’s using the fact that people thought he wasn’t a good first round pick as motivation for this season. Brandon also stated that he may miss a day or two of camp, but he’ll be there after that working hard because he knows that there is a lot of competition at his position and could risk not winning that spot.
All of this stuff makes me really excited to see how he turns out at camp. I personally think he was a solid pick, and I hope he proves all the doubters wrong and fulfills ESPN’s prediction of being the Defensive Rookie of the Year.