The Philadelphia Eagles' Draft: Don't Believe It

WesAnalyst IMay 1, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 21:  Brandon Graham #55 of the Michigan Wolverines moves to blocks during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 21, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 21-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Eagles draft a bunch of defensive players and I’m supposed to believe things are going to change?

Whenever you’re done wearing the midnight green sunglasses let me know, cause I would love to slip into the delusional world you live in.

There is no way I am going to believe that Brandon Graham, Nate Allen or any other rookie will provide enough of an impact to turn our defense around. I simply won’t buy it, and I don’t get why anyone would.

Andy Reid has drafted 82 players since 1999, not including this year, and only 7 defensive players have emerged to make any kind of significance impact to this team. That’s less than 10 percent for those who haven’t earned their GED.

This means we will be lucky to find a player in this year’s draft that will help us out on the defensive side of the ball. Actually, I will step out a limb and say none of them will help us out defensively.

Please spare me any arguments based on the highlight reels or the rants from Mel Kiper. Tell me what you saw over the course of a given player’s career.

I on the other hand will lean back on Fat Andy’s poor draft history and tell you that guys like Graham and Allen will be average at best.

Maybe I’m pessimistic about the Birds or maybe you just don’t want to face reality. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle, and that does us no good.

If that’s that case then the defense is going to be mediocre at best and give up 30 some odd points to the Cowboys, get lit up once by Donovan McNabb and make Eli Manning look like the second coming of Joe Montana.

Someone, anyone, please tell me what I should look forward to with this defense.

I want to believe. I really do.

But how am I supposed to ignore the fact that Reid can’t draft defensive talent? I am going on history that includes an 11-year track record. If you chose to argue against me, you are going on pure speculation.

Yes, my predictions are also speculation because none of these players have line up for a down in the NFL, but at least I have an 11-year track record to fall back on. You on the other hand have what? You have a blind faith that things will turn out a-okay.

Go back and examine how great, I mean how mediocre Brandon Braham was. There was a reason Michigan’s defense was awful.

Yes, one player does not make a defensive unit. I appreciate the insight genius. But if you are a draft pick worthy of trading up for then you should be the kind of player who can dominate on the college level.

Did you hear Graham being constantly mentioned as a great player in college?

I didn’t think so. And I doubt you will hear his name or any rookie’s name being mentioned as a significant player while with the Eagles.

But hey, keep wearing those midnight green glasses and lying to yourself.