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.

Will anyone knock off the Golden State Warriors?

By: Glenn Brown

Since this is my last story ever in Sports journalism II, I wanted to write a story about something that has happened throughout my two semesters in this class. Since we started this course in September, most of our work has been focused on football and basketball. Since the NFL season is very hard to predict a winner, I instead went with the NBA and the number one question, every sports fan has had since July 4, 2016. Will anyone dethrone the Golden State Warriors as the best team in the NBA? The day that I mentioned, is the day NBA superstar Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. Throughout this NBA season we as sports fans have witnessed a bunch of remarkable plays and records broken, but the one thing that didn’t change was the Golden State Warriors being number one in most power rankings. The Warriors 67-15 record doesn’t showcase how good this team really is after that dealt with numerous problems and the injury of Kevin Durant. The Kevin Durant injury kind of puts a damper on their record, as I believe they would have easily won 70 games for a record second time in the last three seasons. The only difference between the previous two seasons is that, in 2014-2015 the Warriors won the NBA championship. Last year, well we all know what happened. The difference with this year is that, both conferences are stronger than last year, the players overall got better, and the Warriors added Kevin Durant. Many media outlets are predicting the Warriors to win this year and I am also on that boat. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics or the San Antonio Spurs win the championship. The fire power and different intangibles that these teams have can carry them forward, but can you really bet against a team with four all-stars? This isn’t the Detroit Pistons from the early 2000’s who won a championship off of role players, this team consist of the two of the greatest shooters ever, one of the greatest scores ever, and most likely one of the greatest defenders the league has ever seen. Oh. And did I mention the reigning coach of the year? Yeah, I think I’m going to choose the Warriors over the field, but anything can happen in a seven game series. Just ask the Warriors from last year.

Who will the Cleveland Browns draft?

By Sierra Morrison

The Cleveland Browns have been in the news lately and not for good reasons. Last season, the Cleveland Browns went 1-15 and is the worst team in the NFL. Despite being the worst team in the NFL, there’s some hope.

This week, the NFL Draft starts and the Cleveland Browns have first round pick and 12th round pick. Who will the Cleveland Browns pick? Rumors are swirling that the Cleveland Browns will pick Myles Garrett in the first round and Mitchell Trubisky in the 12th round.

Myles Garrett is from Texas A&M and a defensive end. Garrett is 6’4”, has an arm length of 35 ¼”, weighs 272 lbs., and his hands measure 10 ¼”. During the NFL combine, he completed the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds, bench-pressed 235 lbs., 33 times, made a vertical jump of 41”, and made a broad jump of 128”. Garrett’s combine grade is 7.63, which is the highest. Overall, Garrett’s strength lies in his jumping ability and speed.

Myles Garrett
Myles Garrett during his time at Texas A&M.

Mitchell Trubisky is from North Carolina ACC and a quarterback. Trubisky is 6’2”, has an arm length of 32”, weighs 222 lbs., and his hands measure 9 ½”. During the NLF combine, he completed the 40-yard dash in 4.67 seconds, made a vertical jump of 27.5”, made a broad jump of 116”, completed the 3-cone drill in 6.87 seconds and completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.25 seconds. Trubisky’s combine grade is 6.31. Overall, Trubisky’s strength lies in his pocket mobility and throwing ability.

Mitchell Trubisky
Mitchell Trubisky at the NFL combine.

 

Hopefully, these picks will help address some issues plaguing the Cleveland Browns but don’t place all your hopes on these two players. Remember first round pick Jonny Manziel? After picking Manziel, the Cleveland Browns would later cut him in the season due to his drunkenness and lack of performance.

Jonny Manziel
Jonny Manziel in his Cleveland Browns uniform before the team cut him.