I could sum it up in one word "Playmaker" but then it wouldn't qualify for neither an article nor a fanpost. So instead, I'm going to highlight a few important statistics that'll stand out:
-He has a combined 308 tackles in his 4 year career
-And 223 solos.
-As well as 85 Assisted tackles
-Though he didn't register a sack last year, he registered a sack for two consecutive years (2010-2011). That's not bad at all.
-10 forced fumbles, including at least 3 for the past 3 seasons.
-18 of those Interception things that we only really saw once in Week 3 of last year!
-Dude averages 18 yards per return.
-A total of 27 passes defended.
And the Eagles "safeties" during that time span?
-Nate Allen has 180 tackles....TOTAL (And 148 of them are individual tackles)
-He's only forced 1 fumble in his 3-year career. 1!
-He has 5 interceptions....total(and absolutely none last year)
-For some reason, despite how much he was targeted he only had 4 passes defended.
Kurt Coleman's a little better.....
-207 Total tackles
-157 solos(Including 70 last year, nice)
-7 Career INT's(2 last year)
-50 AST'd tackles
-Of all of our crappy safeties, Anderson seems to be the most consistent(with so little time)
-2 Fumbles(last year)
Some might be wary of the next Asomugha or the next DRC, but I think Byrd plays with a tenacity and a fire on the football field that DRC doesn't have, and unlike Asomugha, Byrd would be in the prime of his career.
Sometimes, you have to make a sacrifice in order to get much further ahead. Graham won't fit in the 3-4, get someone who can.
If we're going to be about retooling instead of rebuilding, why do we need more picks? What's a 2nd or a 3rd? Heck, what's a mid-first?
We can turn questionable value into Jarius Byrd. That's an opportunity we shouldn't pass up and I hope Howie's looking into it.