RATING THE EAGLES’ TOP DRAFT PICKS GOING BACK TO ’07!

By Lewis Gould

The NFL draft starts five nights from tonight on Philly’s Ben Franklin Parkway, and most people thinks it’s a make or break night for Eagles Big Boss Howie Boy Roseman.

Here’s our rating of the Birds’ top picks in the last 10 years:

1. Fletcher Cox (above), DT (1st round, 2012): Notched 28.5 sacks over five seasons, including a career-high 9.5 sacks in 2015. He has recorded six forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries (including one for a touchdown in 2014) and 189 tackles.

2. LeSean McCoy, RB (2nd round, 2009): Before being unceremoniously shipped off in 2015 to the Buffalo Bills in one of the most lopsided trades in team history, McCoy set the franchise mark for career rushing yards (6,792).

3. DeSean Jackson, WR (2nd round, 2008): Jackson was dynamic with the ball in his hands, and became a home-run threat both catching the ball (career 17.7 yards per reception) and returning punts. Tallied three 1,000-yard and Pro Bowl seasons while in Philadelphia.

4. Carson Wentz, QB (1st round, 2016): Set every Eagles rookie quarterback passing record (16 touchdowns, 3,782 yards, 62.4 completion percentage, 379 completions and 607 attempts 607).

5. Lane Johnson, OT (1st round, 2013): His career has been marred by two performance-enhancing drug suspensions. But when left-tackle-of-the-future Johnson has started at right tackle he has been dominating, especially against the run game.

6. Jordan Hicks, LB (3rd round, 2015): Has a penchant for saving his best performances when playing the Dallas Cowboys, with four of his seven career interceptions and his lone pick-six against Dallas. Had five interceptions in 2016.

7. Jeremy Maclin, WR (1st round, 2009): In five seasons before leaving as a free agent, Maclin had 343 catches for 4,771 yards, including 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014.

8. Brandon Graham, DE/LB (1st round, 2010): Although he never will shed his “I’m not Earl Thomas” status, Graham earned a second contract by overcoming an injury to become a solid defensive end. Has 17.5 sacks over the last three years.

9. Jason Kelce, C (6th round, 2011): His play has declined in the last two seasons, but Kelce at times has been a solid starting center with two Pro Bowl nods on his resume.

10. Zach Ertz, TE (2nd round, 2013): Averaging 76 receptions and 834 yards over the last two years as the team’s starting tight end.

11. Bennie Logan, DT (3rd round, 2013): Cox’s tag-team defensive tackle partner was known for his excellent run-stuffing acumen, recording a career-high 2.5 sacks in 2016.

12. Jordan Matthews, WR (2nd round, 2014): A member of the league’s famed 2014 rookie wide receiver class. Became the Eagles’ slot receiver since his first season, with 225 catches for 2,673 yards in three years.

13. Brent Celek, TE (5th round, 2007): A steady performer at tight end for 10 seasons, Celek has 385 career receptions for 4,868 yards. Had 76 catches, 971 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009, all career-best marks.

14. Beau Allen, DT (7th round, 2014): A super sub at defensive tackle, Allen is one of the franchise’s best-ever seventh-round picks. Has played in all 48 regular season games since being chosen, with one sack and 40 tackles to his name.

15. Nick Foles, QB (3rd round, 2012): Had a storybook 2013 season in Chip Kelly’s offense, tossing 27 touchdowns with only two interceptions for 2,891 yards while leading the Eagles to the playoffs and winning Pro Bowl MVP honors.

 

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