Eagles Considered Selecting Morgan with Acquired Draft Pick
When it was announced last night that the Eagles had struck a trade and moved up from their 24th overall selection in the 1st-round of the Draft to number 13, it was expected by many that the team would take safety Earl Thomas or the top-ranked defensive end on the board, in Derrick Morgan. As you should know, Philadelphia made a surprise decision and elected to take Brandon Graham, also a pass rusher; the question was asked why the team passed on getting Morgan, a guy at the same position but who was regarded as a better player. Our own Adam Lechak got an exclusive response from Tommy Lawlor–writer at the Eagles’ official website–that confirmed the team simply liked Graham better. However, it was recently learned that the Eagles at least considered selecting Morgan with their acquired Draft pick.
“There was some talk between me and my agent…they [the Eagles] said they were going to get a pass rusher, but I feel like I was the best pass rusher in this Draft,” Morgan said in a brief discussion with the media. One could certainly argue that Morgan, an All-American award winner in 2009 who recorded a total of 18 collegiate sacks, was and is the top defensive end of the 2010 rookie class, but it’s obvious the Eagles organization has great expectations for Brandon Graham. “I’m just going to use that as motivation. I’ve got a chip on my shoulders,” Morgan (pictured) added.