The Eagles took Brandon Graham 13th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, a pick that has been widely criticized since, especially since the divisional rival New York Giants selected Jason Pierre-Paul 2 picks later. However, Graham’s struggles so far have not exactly been the Eagles’ fault or anything they could have foreseen. Graham has had a lot of issues with injuries in his first 2 years in the league and got out of shape while not playing.
Graham is now going into what the Eagles are calling a make or break 3rd year for him and it appears to have flicked a switch for him. He has spent the entire offseason getting in shape, dropping from 285 pounds to 265, which is around where he was in 2010 coming out of Michigan. He appears to have a fire lit under him and the Eagles still believe in his potential, both “publicly and privately,” this according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Graham will have to compete with 2nd round rookie Vinny Curry for snaps in a rotation behind Trent Cole and Jason Babin. The Eagles were already among the league leaders in sacks with 50 last year and used that 2nd round pick on Vinny Curry so it’s not like they need Graham, but they’d obviously prefer that Graham were able to contribute in a situational role this season. If he doesn’t, this could be his last year with the team.