Ranking the Philadelphia Eagles Last 10 First-Round Picks, Worst to Best

How have the past 10 first-rounders done for the Eagles?
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3. Carson Wentz, QB, 2016

There was a time when Carson Wentz appeared to be the future of this franchise.

Philadelphia moved up to the No. 2 spot in the 2016 NFL Draft to land Wentz — and it wasn't easy. They started at pick 13 but moved to No. 8 in a trade with the Miami Dolphins. They sent Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to Miami to make that leap. Then they sent the eighth pick along with No. 77 and No. 100 in 2016 to the Cleveland Browns for the second spot. Cleveland also got a first-rounder in 2017 and a second-rounder in 2018 while giving up a fourth-rounder in 2017.

Initially, the move looked great. Wentz was decent as a rookie but went off in year two. In 13 games, Wentz was on an MVP pace with 3,296 yards passing and a 33-to-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also had the Eagles sitting at 11-2.

Unfortunately, a torn ACL ended his season. The Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl with Nick Foles, leading to questions about his future. Those were answered initially when he signed a four-year, $128 million deal in 2019. They resurfaced when Jalen Hurts was selected less than one calendar year after that contract was signed.

Eventually, Hurts took the job from Wentz, who was 35-32-1 in five seasons with the Eagles. He still had solid numbers, going for 16,811 yards with 113 touchdowns against 50 picks. The issue with Wentz appeared to be with his leadership but the Eagles still found a good bit of success with him overall.