When it was announced the Philadelphia Eagles had traded up for the 13th pick, fans and analysts across the country seemed to be convinced the move was made to acquire Earl Thomas—arguably the second-best safety in this year's class.
Last season was enough proof the Eagles are in desperate need of help at the safety position after they made the decision to part ways with Brian Dawkins...who is coming off his first Pro Bowl season with the Denver Broncos.
Thomas caught the eyes of many scouts during the weeks leading up to the draft and seemed to be the perfect candidate in Sean McDermott's defense.
Instead, Philadelphia decided to go with one of the top defensive prospects in Graham, who should make an immediate impact as an effective pass rusher during his rookie season.
It may not have been the move expected at the time, but the Eagles made a solid choice by selecting the Michigan standout.