Eagles pull off a stunner, trade for Graham

April, 22, 2010
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As ESPN's Sal Paolantonio predicted/reported on this blog earlier this week, the Eagles went roaring up the board to pick Michigan defensive Brandon Graham. Obviously, coach Andy Reid and general manager Howie Roseman desperately wanted another pass-rusher to play opposite Trent Cole.

We thought it would be Texas safety Earl Thomas for a moment or two, but Graham was the pick. The guy played on a bad defense at Michigan last season. I've heard him compared to Pittsburgh linebacker Lamar Woodley at times. The only downside is that he's only 6-1. But he's a fierce tackler and he plays with an unbelievable amount of energy. I'm anxious to hear what the Eagles fans think about this trade. The Eagles give up two third-rounders, but retain the No. 37 overall pick -- also known as the Donovan McNabb pick.

I don't think that's too high a price to pay to move 11 spots in the draft. But I do think it would've been a high price to pay for Thomas.

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