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Eagles Worst Draft Picks Under Reid


Round-By-Round Worst Picks of the Andy Reid Era

By Lance Epstein

This is the first part of a two-part series. The first part is dealing with the worst draft picks in each round of the Andy Reid Era. There will be one player that is the Bust/worst pick and an honorable mention. In the second article (coming out tomorrow) will have the best picks in each round of the Andy Reid Era.

During Andy Reid tenure, he has made some great picks in Donovan McNabb, DeSean Jackson and Brian Westbrook. However, he has made some dumbfounded picks that have left the Eagle fan base scratching their head.

Of course, every team has their hits and misses but today we are focusing solely on the Eagles. This might be hard for some of the Eagles fans to swallow, so I advise reading this at your own discretion.

First Round:

The Bust: Defensive End Jerome McDougle 15th overall pick in 2003 NFL Draft

This pick could easily be award to the another first round bust in wide receiver Freddie Mitchell, but I decided to give the award to Jerome McDougle. First, the Eagles traded up 15 spots with the San Diego Chargers to get the unproductive defensive end. Second, the Giants selected Osi Umenyoira a whole 31 picks later and has been one of the best defensive ends in the league. Additionally, some of the draft picks that followed McDougle in the first round were Nmandi Asomugha, Troy Polamalu, Dallas Clark and Willis McGahee. Lastly, look at the numbers he put up over his entire career. He recorded three sacks, 38 tackles, two force fumbles in just 38 career games. It is easy to see why McDougle might be the worst pick in Andy Reid tenure as head coach in Philadelphia.

Honorable Mention: Wide Receiver Freddie Mitchell 24th overall pick in 2001 NFL Draft

If it were not for Freddie "FredEx" Mitchell's 4th and 26 reception, he would be sitting at the top spot as Reid's biggest draft blunders. In 2001, the Eagles were looking to give a young Donovan McNabb some weapons at wide receiver. Even though, Mitchell coming out had character issues, which made him a boom or bust pick the Eagles felt confident about Mitchell. Reid even flew out to Southern California to speak to his teammates before drafting him. As we all know, Reid took the gamble on FredEx, with Reggie Wayne, Chad Johnson (now known as Ochocinco), Steve Smith and T.J. Houshmandzadeh still on the board. Of course, FredEx failed to deliver except on one occasion against the Green Bay Packers in the post-season. In Mitchell's short four-year career with the Eagles, he started only 15 games where he totaled 90 receptions for 1,263 and five touchdowns.

Second Round:

The Bust: Outside Linebacker Quinton Caver 55th Pick Overall in 2002 NFL Draft

In the same draft where Andy Reid took draft bust Freddie Mitchell, the Eagles found themselves on the short end of the stick again. Linebacker Quinton Carver came out of the University of Arkansas with great athleticism and potential. In his first season, Carver was expected to compete for the starting job. However, he failed to live up to those expectations and never even started a single game for the Eagles in his brief two-year term with the squad. In those two years with the team, he played in only 16 games and registered 12 tackles with no sack and no pass deflections. After three years with Kansas City and one with Dallas, Carver, he joined the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Currently, Carver is out of both leagues and has been anointed as a bust.

Honorable Mention: Outside Linebacker Matt McCoy 63rd overall pick in 2005 NFL Draft

Coming off their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, the Eagles were looking to upgrade the weak-side linebacker position. Keith Adams and Nate Wayne were nice players, but the Eagles felt they needed more of a playmaker. The Eagles reached for San Diego State's Matt McCoy. Most analysts projected McCoy as a fourth round pick. Some of the more notable players that were still on the board were Justin Tuck, O.J. Atogwe, Darren Sproles, Trent Cole and Jay Ratliff. Since that draft, there have been multiple reports saying that the Eagles made a mistake and actually wanted the other SDSU linebacker Kirk Morrison. In three seasons with the Eagles, McCoy participated in 26 games, which he started in 10. Although McCoy was too small and look lost in coverage. He finished his Eagles career with 61 tackles, two sacks and three forced fumbles. After his short stint with the Eagles, he played with the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has recently signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

Third Round:

The Bust: Running Back Tony Hunt 90th overall pick in 2007 NFL Draft

As Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter started to get older, the Eagles were in search of a running back that could eventually replace the two players. A couple seasons prior to the selection of Tony Hunt , the Eagles took a smallish scat-back in Ryan Moats. He was also a third rounder that turned out to be a bust. Earlier in this particular draft, the Eagles completed a trade with the rival Dallas Cowboys to stockpile an extra second, third and fifth round pick for their first rounder. Hunt was the hometown guy since he went to Penn State. Every Eagles fan was ecstatic in drafting the 2007 Outback Bowl and Senior Bowl MVP. Everyone thought he would be the big back that the team has always needed. However, he his talent never came to fruition for the Eagles. Ultimately the team even tried to convert him to fullback after it was obvious he could not play running back in the NFL. In his two-year career with the Eagles, he amassed only 25 yards, a 1.8 yard per carry average and two touchdowns.

Honorable Mention: Bryan Smith 80th overall pick in 2008 NFL Draft

The honorable mention could have gone to Billy McMullen, but he actually did something useful for the Eagles. He got them Hank Baskett, who currently is the only player in franchise history to have two touchdown receptions of over 85 yards. This pick could also go to Ryan Moats who did nothing as an Eagle, but he has since resurrected his career in Houston. This honor now becomes a little more obvious that it should be Bryan Smith. Smith was not even projected to go in the top four rounds. The Eagles pulled the trigger in fear that the Washington Redskins would take him before they could get their hands on him. In his first year with the Eagles, he was placed on Injured Reserved because his body was not prepared for the rigors of the NFL. His second season, Smith did not see the field either. In the offseason, the Eagles cut ties with Smith who has resurfaced in Jacksonville. Still, Smith could be considered the biggest third round bust for the Eagles because he never even got on the field at Lincoln Financial.

Fourth Round:

The Bust: Safety Sean Considine 102nd overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft

While Sean Considine was a lot more productive then some of the other fourth-round picks by Philadelphia, he also was expected to be much better then any of them. The Eagles even thought that Considine would in the long run replace Brian Dawkins at free safety. Instead, teams ran right over Considine. Not only did they bully him in the running game, they threw in his direction because he lacked the ideal speed to keep up with tight ends and wide receivers. In his four years with the club, Considine started 17 games and played in 46 games. However, he was mainly a special teams player that the Eagles expected bigger things out of. With Philly, he collected 88 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions. Those are not horrible numbers, but they are compared to Kerry Rhodes who went only 21 spots later.

Honorable Mention: Wide Receiver Na Brown 103th overall pick in 1999 NFL Draft

This selection came down to Na Brown and Jack Ikegwuonu for me. I would have gone with Ikegwuono but if he were healthy, he was a projected first round talent. I cannot penalize the Eagles for taking a chance on a player with that kind of talent in the fourth round, so Brown is the guy. While Reggie Brown is the most common wide receiver with the last name Brown associated with the Eagles, Na Brown was the original bust. Brown was drafted out of North Carolina and was supposed to develop as McNabb's go-to guy. Unfortunately, Brown played only three seasons with the team compiling nine starts, 34 receptions, 363 yards and two touchdowns.

Fifth Round:

The Bust: Wide Receiver/ Return Specialist Jeremy Bloom 147th overall pick in 2006 NFL Draft

After the Reno Mahe failed as the team's kickoff return specialist, the Eagles looked to the draft to find the answer to their special team's problem. They thought they solved the issue by selecting Olympic Skier and former Colorado Buffalo wide receiver Jeremy Bloom. Every analyst anointed him as the most dangerous special team's player in the league before he played a single-down in the NFL. Nevertheless, Bloom never panned out for the Eagles, was put on IR in his only season in Philly and was released before his second season.

Honorable Mention: Offensive Lineman Scott Young 172nd overall pick 2005 NFL Draft

It is hard to say any fifth round pick is a bust, but Scott Young was the strongest offensive player entering the 2005 draft. Although the main reason the Eagles drafted him was because he played for Reid's alma mater in BYU. The reason that Young gets the nod here is due to his crucial mistake in the 2007 Divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. On 4th and 10, Jeff Garcia completed a pass to wide receiver Hank Baskett for a first down. But Young was called for a false start penalty, which killed any dreams of reaching the Super Bowl. After that loss, the Eagles released Young and he signed with the Cleveland Browns.

Sixth Round:


The Bust: Defensive End Andy Studebaker 203rd over pick in the 2008 NFL Draft

At this point, it is hard to say anyone in the sixth-round is a bust, but Andy Studebaker is the choice. He did not make the roster and was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs off the practice squad. Studebaker is still in the league but is better known for being a descendant of the Studebaker brothers, who were the creators of the Studebaker automobile.

Honorable Mention: Offensive Tackle Calvin Armstrong 211th overall pick in 2005 NFL Draft

In college at Washington State, Calvin Armstrong made the first team All-Pac 10 in 2002 and honorable mention in 2003. There was talk Armstrong could be the eventual replaced the aging Jon Runyan. Needless to say, Armstrong flopped and was cut after one year he was drafted.

Seventh Round:

The Bust: Defensive End Raheem Brock 238th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft

How does a former seventh rounder who has a career 28.5 sacks make the list as a bust? Simple he refused to sign with the Eagles since he felt as though he was worth more money than what he was being offered. Obviously, the Eagles felt their offer was generous. They decline to give him a better contract and finally made him a free agent. If Reid would have signed him, he could have been their best pick in the seventh round.

Honorable Mention: Offensive Tackle King Dunlap 230th overall pick in 2008 NFL Draft

Coming out of Auburn, King Dunlap had all the talent to be a good left tackle in the NFL. He just needed to get his head on straight and make a commitment to the game. AT one point, he even had Eagles fans believing that he could future left tackle for the Eagles. In spite of that, Dunlap has not made the strides in his first two years and looks to be on the cutting block this season.

Look for the best draft picks in Andy Reid's Era tomorrow...





2 comments:

  1. Wow great job on this list, some great memories here. I think the one thing that stands out is that the busts at the top rounds happened a while ago now so maybe the consistency in the organization has paid off with a working draft strategy. McDougle is easily the worst pick because they traded up to get the guy, if you trade up in the first round by that many picks you better be really sure on the guy. Mitchell is an easy target as a bad pick but with that group of nut jobs to choose from at wide receiver in 2001 it had to be a tough choice on which one to take. New rule is if you need to choose a wide receiver you choose the crazy one who also has the strong work ethic and hope for the best.

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  2. I don't know how you can call 6th and 7th round draft picks a bust because when you get to that point in the draft it's a crap shoot anyway.

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