The Philadelphia Eagles have had mixed success in the NFL Draft, with some very good picks, and some awful ones as well. On Monday, we looked at the Eagles' worst 20 picks in the last 20 years. Today we'll look at their 20 best picks over the last two decades. 1) 2016: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State, first round: Wentz was the best player in the NFL during the 2017 season, before he tore his ACL and LCL against the Rams. At the time his season was over, he led the team to an 11-2 record, which put them in great position to wrap up home field advantage throughout the playoffs. In my view, "best player in the NFL" remains his ceiling, as long as he can stay healthy. I mean... Recognition of the need for a great quarterback: In the NFL, you either have a good quarterback, or you don't, and if you don't, you have very little chance of competing for a title unless you have an absolutely stacked roster otherwise. The Eagles recognized that need, and were determined … [Read more...] about Ranking the Eagles’ best 20 draft picks over the last 20 years
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The Philadelphia Eagles have had mixed success in the NFL Draft, but have had some pretty awful selections sprinkled in over the last two decades. Today we'll look at their 20 worst picks over the last two decades.1) 2011: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor, 1st round: There have been worse players than Watkins over the last 20 years, but this was just such a dumb pick. Watkins was already 26 years old when the Eagles drafted him (he turned 27 during his rookie season) on a team at the time that was legendary for letting players walk once they got into their 30's. He was also transitioning from tackle to guard, a position he had never played.As it turned out, Watkins was little more than a con man, who enjoyed cashing pay checks from the Eagles, but had little interest in being a football player, instead preferring to be a firefighter. Watkins played in just 26 ineffective games over his career, starting 18.He is now 34!2) 2014: Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville, 1st round: In fairness, the … [Read more...] about Ranking the Eagles’ worst 20 draft picks over the last 20 years
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 12:37 PM EDT Oct 3, 2018 It’s mailbag time! Every Wednesday online and Sunday in the paper, Dave Birkett will answer your Lions questions. Send them via Twitter at @davebirkett or by email at [email protected] Q. Who wins a playoff game first: Stafford or Trubisky? — @JustJake981 A. Great question, and one I spent a good five minutes sitting at my computer thinking about before I started to answer. Matthew Stafford is a better quarterback than Mitchell Trubisky right now, hands down. I know Trubisky just shredded the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for six touchdowns and 354 yards passing on just 26 attempts, but that’s a snapshot in time, a performance no one should get too carried away about as Trubisky still is a work in progress as a passer. Stafford has had plenty of big games in his career, including several that rival Trubisky’s. He has 20 games with more than 354 yards passing, according to Pro Football … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions mailbag: Is Jarrad Davis a wasted draft pick?
The college football season is in full swing, as we are now into the second week of a full slate of games. As long as you're taking in some of the action, here are some players who could make sense for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2019 NFL Draft, in which the Birds are projected to have 12 picks.Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma (5'11, 168): (5) Oklahoma at Iowa State, 12:00 p.m.Brown is one of the fastest players in college football, who possesses a high yards per catch average, which is something the Eagles have prioritized in their receiver acquisitions. Where Brown is different, however, is that he's not the traditional "high yards per catch guy" who just has a bunch of long receptions on deep balls. Brown's primary spot is in the slot, where he can create separation and get yards after the catch. A highlight reel: Marquise BrownRec Yards YPC TD 201757 1095 19.2 7 201810 222 22.2 2 Dexter … [Read more...] about Grocery shopping: Five college players to watch who could interest the Eagles in the 2019 NFL Draft
During the 2016 offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles were in clear need of a franchise quarterback, and the incoming crop of college passers was thought to be a very deep and talented group. As you all know, the Eagles identified Carson Wentz as the cream of the crop, and made two costly trades to go up and get him. At the time, many Eagles fans did not approve of the expensive price to draft a Division I-AA quarterback from North Dakota State, preferring instead to draft a different quarterback later in draft without parting with other valuable picks. Obviously, the Eagles' strategy was the correct one, as Wentz led the Eagles to an 11-2 record in 2017 before tearing his ACL. Without Wentz's MVP-caliber season, the Eagles almost certainly would not have gained home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and then who knows how their season would have ended. Of the other 14 quarterbacks taken in the 2016 NFL Draft, only five remain with the teams that originally picked them. Let's take … [Read more...] about A look back at the 2016 NFL Draft, and how the non-Carson Wentz quarterbacks have fared