Forget the Flaws, Eagles Should Draft Vontaze Burfict


You know how in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft we all key on guys that we think our teams should take. And you know how those guys usually don’t end up panning out.

For instance, thank god the Eagles went with Brandon Graham over Jason Pierre-Paul, or didn’t get aggressive and roll the dice on a guy like safety Earl Thomas. You know?

In all seriousness, Graham may come back from injury and turn into a productive player for the Eagles. Will he become the game-changer that JPP has transformed into? Probably not.

But you can’t live in the past. And that brings us to this year’s draft. The Eagles could elect to take a guy like Penn State DT Devon Still to pair with Cullen Jenkins. Fine.

They could look at a guy like Baylor WR Kendall Wright to replace to DeSean Jackson (though today’s reports suggest that will be unnecessary). Or, they could look to finally draft a linebacker in the first round for the first time since 1979.

And the two linebackers at the top of every mock draft are Boston College’s Luke Kuechly and Arizona State’s Vontaze Burfict. Most pundits have noted that Kuechly, who has drawn comparisons to Chicago’s Brian Urlacher, would be the more sensible selection over Burfict.

But why? Because he’s high character? And smart? And plays within the system? Blah, blah, blah. (See how I just totally discarded completely logical and viable argument prior to making my emotionally charged one?)

No doubt that Kuechly will be a good NFL linebacker. But I want a guy with some dog in him. A guy that will hit anything that moves. And maybe even sometimes when it stops moving. Burfict is a shade shy of foaming from the mouth when he’s on the football field. And he, not Kuechly, would bring that much needed attitude adjustment to an Eagles defense that shriveled up like my…well you get it. Take a look at this embedded video. Ignore the fact that it’s a highlight reel assembled by some Sun Devil superfan and skip to the 14 second mark. Is that something you’d be interested in? I would.

Shout out to David Murphy (@HighCheese), who just tweeted this from a Sporting News Profile on Burfict:

“An NFL scout calls him ‘what you get after you kick Ray Lewis’ dog.”