In the 2010 draft, the Philadelphia Eagles stunned the football world by trading up 11 spots to select Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham. The Eagles certainly needed help at safety, and there was an available option in Texas safety Earl Thomas at the 13th pick in the 2010 draft. Perhaps General Manager Howie Roseman and former head coach Andy Reid were too bull-headed at the time to go with conventional thought or logic. Or perhaps Earl Thomas would not have had the immediate success in Philadelphia as he has had in Seattle. The simplest explanation is that the draft is always going to be a crap-shoot that is not gradable until several years down the road.
On Thursday, NFL Network correspondent and revered draft guru Mike Mayock suggested that the 2014 NFL draft could eerily resemble the 2010 draft for the Philadelphia Eagles, and that once again the Eagles could be faced with selecting a pass rusher with raw potential, or the top rated safety. It is this writer’s belief that the Philadelphia Eagles could strongly be considering the possibility of selecting UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr in the 1st round of Thursday’s NFL Draft. Amongst the 2013 playoff participants, only the San Diego Chargers as a team had less sacks than the Philadelphia Eagles during the regular season. The presence of a dominant pass rusher such as Anthony Barr could bolster defensive coordinator Billy Davis’ defense into one of the elite units in the entire NFL in 2014.