We’re down to 9 days left until the draft now. Yesterday, we talked about the class of 2009’s best player, LeSean McCoy. Today, we’ll talk about a player who was taken in the first round of the 2010 draft and was labeled as a bust at the beginning of his career.
Now, this player has not only changed his stars, but he’s become the very heart and soul of this team. His personality can be described as infectious for those who follow him on social media or even saw the Eagles featured on Amazon’s all or nothing.
Brandon Graham is Philadelphia, point-blank. He’s monster on the field and the city’s Good Samaritan off of it. Last season, we almost witnessed the end of an era until the Eagles re-signed Graham with the intent to keep him here for the rest of his career.
Graham is not only a stand-up family man but he’s the man that every player wishes they could call a teammate. His career had a rough beginning as the team couldn’t really figure out what position he was best suited to play. It wasn’t until the 2016 season where Graham started and played all 16 games at defensive end. Since then, he’s been nothing short of a wrecking ball for opposing offenses.
Prior to resigning with the Eagles, Brandon Graham was listed as one of only four edge defenders who has tallied 50 total QB pressures since the 2014 season. The other three? Khalil Mack, Von Miller, and Ryan Kerrigan.
Graham also helped the Eagles seal their first Super Bowl win against the New England Patriots by stripping-sacking Tom Brady in the final minutes of the game. His legacy is an interesting one but definitely memorable. Graham currently has 51 sacks in his career which has placed him at 5th among the Eagles franchise leaders in sacks. Right behind Reggie White, Trent Cole, Clyde Simmons, and Hugh Douglas. Last season Graham tallied 8.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 17 QB hits. 2020 will expect nothing less from the Eagles Super Bowl hero.
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