Aug 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) is pushed out of bounds by Philadelphia Eagles safety Nate Allen (29) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Panthers 14-9. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Best and Worst Draft Picks of the Andy Reid Era



Since Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs will be visiting Lincoln Financial Field this week, I decided to take a look back at some aspects of Reid’s tenure with the Eagles.  Today, I’ll examine the team’s drafts under Reid and choose the five best and five worst selections that they made.

This wasn’t an easy process.  With thirteen years at the helm, the team made a lot of draft picks under Reid.  It is unclear how much input Reid had towards those picks, but his opinion certainly carried a good deal of weight, especially near the end of his run.

Here are the five worst picks.  I factored in both where the player was selected and how much he contributed to the team.

5.Jerome McDougle – The Eagles traded up in the first round of the 2003 draft to get McDougle.  They thought he would be a great pass rusher, but from training camp holdouts to gunshot injuries, it seemed like something was always preventing McDougle from succeeding.

In McDougle’s defense, he did have one amazing highlight when he welcomed Eli Manning to the NFL:

Welcome to the NFL, Eli

4. Nate Allen – Sunday’s game probably bumped him up a spot on this list.  Maybe if he hadn’t gotten hurt in his rookie season his career would have turned out differently, but Allen just doesn’t seem to have the mindset necessary to play safety in the NFL.

3. Danny Watkins – As part of the disaster that was the 2011 offseason, the Eagles thought it was a good idea to draft an inexperienced 26-year-old in the first round.  If only Watkins showed the same passion for football that he did for firefighting.


October 16, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; Philadelphia Eagles guard Danny Watkins (63) prepares to block against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Eagles won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


2. Kevin Kolb – Kolb doesn’t rank here because he was a particularly bad player.  The guy did win a few games for the Eagles.  But the pick epitomized the Eagles’ maddening tendency to worry too much about the future over the present.

I felt that the Eagles were close to a Super Bowl in 2007.  They could have drafted a player who might have helped them immediately.  Instead, they traded down to pick a player who wouldn’t contribute anything for at least a couple of years.  I felt this was part of the reason why the Eagles missed the playoffs in 2007.

1. Jaiquawn Jarrett – As much as I disliked the Kolb pick, at least Kolb contributed to the team.  Jarrett was such a disaster at safety that the coaches couldn’t even put him into a game.  You would think that a safety known for his hitting skills could at least contribute to special teams, but Jarrett was just as bad there.

It is nearly unheard of for a second round pick to be cut before his second season, but Jarrett somehow managed it.  It was perhaps the only impressive feat he managed in his brief time with the Eagles.


Jun 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles safety Jaiquawn Jarrett (26) catches a pass during mini camp at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports


And now here are the five best picks the team made under Reid:

5. DeSean Jackson – Jackson may not be a complete receiver, and there have been several times when he was clearly looking out for himself above the team.  But, he’s also clearly the most talented receiver that the Eagles have drafted in the past twenty years.

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) runs after a catch for a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

4. Brian Westbrook – Westbrook was a versatile, exciting player who was the key to the Eagles offense.  The only problem was that he had a lot of trouble staying healthy.

3. Trent Cole – A very underrated player.  He’s never been considered an elite player in the NFL, yet he seems to rack up impressive sack totals every year.

Dec 13, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole (58) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

2. LeSean McCoy – McCoy seems to be a perfect fit for the Chip Kelly offense.  McCoy already has one All Pro season under his belt, and looks to be on his way to another.  If he keeps up this pace, McCoy could become the Eagles’ all time leading rusher by next season.

1. Donovan McNabb – Yes, he had his well publicized flaws.  No, he never won a Super Bowl.  But he was probably the franchise’s greatest quarterback and led the team to a lot of wins over his years here.  If not for McNabb’s play at quarterback, the Eagles don’t make it to five NFC Championship games, and Andy Reid’s tenure doesn’t last nearly as long as it did.

Feb 1, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb is interviewed on the NFL Network set at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports


Tags: Andy Reid Brian Westbrook Danny Watkins DeSean Jackson Donovan McNabb Draft Busts Eli Manning Football Jaiquawn Jarrett Jerome McDougle Kevin Kolb LeSean McCoy Mike Lacy Nate Allen NFL NFL Draft Philadelphia Eagles Trent Cole

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