Starting Defensive Ends: Jason Babin & Trent Cole
Brandon Graham has—for lack of a more eloquent phrase—been an utter disappointment for the Philadelphia Eagles since they drafted him 13th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.
In two seasons the Michigan product has only played 16 games and recorded 17 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles. What's even worse is that the Giants drafted All-Pro defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul only two picks later. Talk about regret.
Fortunately, Graham seems to be on the comeback trail following an injury-plagued 2011. His doctors have cleared him to play full-contact football and he's looked nothing short of revitalized throughout the offseason workouts.
Jason Babin and Trent Cole were impressive last season, but one has to think that a slight dip in production or injuries can be expected in one or possibly both of them. Whatever the reason, Graham will be given a bigger role in 2012 and will be expected to rush the passer and defend the run in Jim Washburn's wide-nine technique.
If he plays well, the Eagles could have the league's best defensive line. If he struggles like he has so far in his career, the pressure will be put on the other three ends and the team could lose steam down the stretch.