Ranking Philly's Top Picks Of The Last Decade
By Scott Daniels
The Philadelphia Eagles enter the 2013 draft in an unfamiliar territory: as of now, they hold the No. 4 selection in this year’s draft. Barring a trade, Chip Kelly and company will look to reinvigorate a fan base that’s frustrated, tired of an old regime and desperately seeking to return to the postseason.
As we get closer to this year’s draft, here’s a look at the Eagles’ first-round picks over the last 10 years. Since 2003, they haven’t selected higher than No. 13, and they had no first round selections in 2007 and 2008.
1. Mike Patterson (No. 31, 2005)
Patterson turned out to be a great value pick. A year after going to the Super Bowl, the Eagles did very well here. He was regarded as one of the top rookie defensive lineman in the league. He was rewarded with a seven-year deal in 2006, but he’ll probably be remembered for the seizure he suffered in 2010 and the ensuing brain surgery he would have in 2012. Patterson now plays for the New York Giants.
2. Jeremy Maclin (No. 19, 2009)
Maclin has emerged as a solid go-to receiver for Michael Vick that runs a tremendous slant route, and he isn’t afraid to go over the middle. He was a beast in college, and has shown some signs of greatness in the pros, but has been relatively inconsistent. When it’s all said and done, Maclin should have a solid career.
3. Shawn Andrews (No. 16, 2004)
At 6-foot-4, 330 pounds, Andrews was primed for the pros. Unfortunately, his career didn’t get off to a great start. He broke his leg in the opening game and missed the entire 2004 season. However, he would go onto be a two time All-Pro and solid offensive lineman for the Eagles. That is until 2008, when he mysteriously disappeared and failed to show up for camp. His saga with the Eagles ended in 2010 with his release.
4. Brandon Graham (No. 13, 2010)
After a stellar career at Michigan, the Eagles loved this guy and even traded up to get him in the draft. It’s only been two years, but Eagles fans are still waiting for this pick to pan out. He missed most of the 2011 season after tearing his ACL, and he logged 5.5 sacks last year. If Graham expects to cash in on that post-rookie contract, he needs to have a big season.
5. Broderick Bunkley (No. 14, 2006)
This pick didn’t exactly pan out as the Eagles expected. He barely played in 2006, became a starting defensive tackle in 2007 and remained a serviceable one through 2010. Bunkley was traded in 2012 for a fifth-round pick.
6. Fletcher Cox (No. 12, 2011)
The jury is still out on Cox, but we should find out just how good he is this season. The Eagles released Cullen Jenkins earlier this year, paving way for Cox to be a featured defensive tackle.
7. Jerome McDougle (No. 15, 2003)
The Eagles traded up to select McDougle out of Miami, and while he had a ton of talent, his career was marred by injuries. McDougle suffered injuries on and off the field — he was even shot in the abdomen during a botched robbery in 2005. McDougle’s career with the Eagles ended in 2007.