The Philadelphia Eagles originally sat at the 24th overall selection in the first round of this year's draft, but—as anticipated—they made a trade, moving up to No. 13, and sending their first and both third round picks to the Denver Broncos.
I'm sure that when commissioner Roger Goodell came out and called Brandon Grahams' name everyone's jaw initially dropped.
Like I said, initially your jaw might have hit the floor, but this is actually a very solid move, and I'm not just saying that because I'm an Eagles fan.
Brandon Graham was considered a top tier talent at the DE position coming into this draft. He is a short, thick framed player who has great athleticism and a motor that never stops.
He is a hybrid player, playing at DE and LB. He will most definitely be more of a defensive end in Philly, since the Eagles have their middle and weakside LB spots covered with Stewart Bradley and most likely Ernie Sims, to start. They also have a ton of talent to compete for the strongside job, like Omar Gaither, Joe Mays, Alex Hall, and Moise Fokou.
Ernie will have to earn the job, I'm not saying he is already penciled in, but he is without question levels above any other LB at weakside.
My point in all this is that Brandon Graham comes to Philadelphia as a premier talent at defensive end.
I'm giving my Eagles a B+ because I do have to question the void that remains at safety, but I think the Eagles will get a good enough talent in the second round, which DB coach Dick Jauron can turn into an elite player like Nate Allen.
Dubrow grade: B+