A Long History of First Round Busts: The Philadelphia Eagles

By Tyler Douris

Over the years, there’s been quite a few great Eagles teams, but it seems they’re just a player or two away from finally bringing home the Super Bowl. Just in the past 15 years the Eagles have made multiple NFC championships, and in 2005 they made the Super Bowl, ultimately ending with a Patriots victory. But what else do the Eagles have a lot of in the past 15 years? First round pick busts.

As Billy Schweim from ESPN radio puts it, “If you go through and look at the first rounders, the bad far outweighs the good.” Let’s take a look through the years real quick. Here’s a list of players who didn’t pan out from the past few Eagles drafts.

2015: Nelson Agholor-WR- USC- pick #20

Nelson Agholor playing with the Philadelphia Eagles
Wide receiver Nelson Agholor playing with the Philadelphia Eagles.

2014: Marcus Smith-DE- Louisville- pick #26

Marcus Smith and the Philadelphia Eagles
Defensive end Marcus Smith playing with the Philadelphia Eagles.

2011: Danny Watkins- OL- Baylor- pick #21 (only played two years)

Danny Watkins playing with the Philadelphia Eagles
Outside linebacker Danny Watkins playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.

2005: Mike Patterson- DT- Southern Cal- pick #31

Mike Patterson playing for the Philadelphia Eagles
Defensive tackle Mike Patterson playing with the Philadelphia Eagles.

2004: Shawn Andrews- OL- Arkansas- pick #16 (probowler early, career cut very short)

Shawn Andrews playing for the Philadelphia Eagles
Outside linebacker Shawn Andrew in uniform playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.

2003: Jerome McDougle- DE- Miami- pick #15

Jerome McDougle playing with the Philadelphia Eagles
Defensive end Jerome McDougle playing with the Philadelphia Eagles. Photo by Gettyimages.

2001: Freddie Mitchell- WR- UCLA- pick #25

Freddie Mitchell playing for the Philadelphia Eagles
Wide receiver Freddie Mitchell playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. Photo by Gettyimages.

This talent is not going to bring you home a championship, and although it looks like he landed out franchise quarterback in the first round of last years draft, we’re going to need a team to put around him. My pick for the Eagles at #14 this year is Christian McCaffrey. People can say whatever they want, but he would come in and be effective immediately because of how well he fits the scheme. If this is the pick, I’m confident the Eagles will have a powerhouse offense. Although the Eagles have a long history of first round busts, they also have a long history of finding gems in all of the other rounds throughout the years (Jalen Mills, Desean Jackson, Sheldon Brown.) All in all, lets hope for a great draft from our guys.

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