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Bad Drafting Why Eagles Franchise Is On the Decline

Why are the Eagles 3-7 with no proverbial light at the end of the tunnel? Why are there more free agents/offseason acquisitions in the starting lineup than homegrown talent? Because of poor drafting. In fact, I’d go as far as to say bad drafting by Andy Reid the reason why the Eagles have consistently been on the decline since 2008.

Just look at the players the Eagles have taken in the first three rounds of drafts since 2003, players who should currently be the core of this roster (forget this year because it’s too early to tell):

2011: Danny Watkins, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Curtis Marsh (all busts)

2010: Brandon Graham (TBD), Nate Allen (mediocre), Daniel Te’o Nesheim (bust)

2009: Jeremy Maclin (decent), LeSean McCoy (good)

2008: Trevor Laws (bust), DeSean Jackson (good), Bryan Smith (bust)

2007: Kevin Kolb (mediocre), Victor Abiamiri (bust), Tony Hunt (bust), Stewart Bradley (good until injury)

2006: Brodrick Bunkley (bust), Winston Justice (mediocre), Chris Gocong (bust)

2005: Mike Patterson (decent), Reggie Brown (bust), Matt McCoy (bust), Ryan Moats (bust)

2004: Shawn Andrews (good), Matt Ware (bust)

2003: Jerome McDougle (bust), L.J. Smith (mediocre), Billy McMullen (bust)

The Eagles could’ve had this seven-time Pro Bowler (via SportsSession).

Just look at that: 4 good picks, 2 decent picks, 4 mediocre picks, and 16 busts. That’s a 62% rate of failure. How can one expect to build a solid roster around onlyfree agents and other acquisitions. Drafting is how teams win Super Bowls; just ask the Packers (Clay Matthews, Aaron Rodgers), Saints (Drew Brees, Marques Colston), and Giants (Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul).

What’s even worse, however, than the failure of our picks has been the players we passed up on. In 2003, Troy Polamalu was taken right after McDougle. In 2005, 3-time All-Pro offensive guard Logan Mankins was taken right after Mike Patterson. In 2006, Pro Bowl linebacker Chad Greenway was taken just three picks after Bunkley. In 2007, the first-round pick we traded away could have been used two grab two different All-Pro offensive linemen, Ben Grubbs and Joe Staley. In 2010, the worst of them all, Jason Pierre-Paul and Earl Thomas, two two-time Pro Bowlers, were taken in the two subsequent picks after Brandon Graham.

Just take that all in for a second. Not only do the Eagles have an “F” when it comes to their own draft picks, but that comes at the expense of a lot of Pro Bowlers who we could’ve had if Andy Reid was a better scouter. Sure, bad in-game decisions and poor play from other players in crunch time definitely kept us from winning a Super Bowl a couple years ago, but the real reason the Philadelphia Eagles franchise is in such disarray is because of its lack of good, young talent. And that comes from bad drafting, of which Andy Reid is the prime culprit.

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Categories: Eagles, Editorial

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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5 Comments on “Bad Drafting Why Eagles Franchise Is On the Decline”

  1. Bob
    November 22, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    Uh, Drew Brees wasn’t drafted by the Saints

  2. November 22, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    McCoy should be listed as “great” and Maclin was a good pick. Reggie Brown wasn’t a bust. Patterson was good until the injury.

    • November 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

      Maclin was not a good pick in my opinion. He’s an above-average wide receiver, but in the first round that’s what you expect. Patterson was okay, not great, not terrible. Reggie Brown was definitely a bust; he was supposed to be the “future”.

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