The NFL Draft is a captivating event. Often times we see the futures of NFL teams sparked by the choices that they make during the Draft. However on the other hand, a misguided pick can leave the team in ruin for years to come.
Every NFL team has their own terrible draft selection list, but you may be surprised to realize that the Philadelphia Eagles, who have never won a Super Bowl, are one of the best drafters in NFL history.... that was a joke. The history of the Philadelphia Eagles were founded back in 1933 and have made a variety of disappointing draft selections, hence the lack of Super Bowl wins.
This list was carefully researched and selected based on a set of criteria aimed to help find terrible Eagles draft picks that either turned out to be terrible players or players who negatively influenced the Eagles franchise. Although the list could be much longer, these are 15 selections that stick out far above the rest.
The Eagles didn’t have a first round pick in 1992. They had to wait for the 48th pick and they used it on running back Siran Stacy. Stacy had the talent to go earlier in the draft but he was known to have a bad reputation, so other teams wisely passed on him. He had been involved in a number of juvenile criminal activities and suffered a serious knee injury in college. Yet the Eagles took a gamble on Siran, hoping he had grown up a bit. They were wrong. Prior to his rookie season, he was caught speeding and made things even worse by assaulting his girlfriend later in the year. Sealing his fate even further was the fact that the Eagles signed Herschel Walker, which resulted in Stacy not playing at all.
14 Brandon Whiting
We are sure that there are plenty of Philadelphia Eagles fans who remember the touchdown bombs that Donovan McNabb threw to Terrell Owens. But more importantly, most NFL fans remember the amazing amount of distractions and controversies that Terrell Owens brought to the Eagles. Now, obviously, we cannot place Owens on this list since he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers or we could he would have been an easy choice. T.O. was a huge detriment to the team in many different ways, but as we said T.O. can't be on the list. If we can’t blame him, who can we blame? Why not blame the guy who was part of the trade that brought T.O. to the Philadelphia Eagles?
13 L.J. Smith
12 Todd Pinkston
11 Leroy Keyes
10 Matt McCoy
9 Jon Harris
8 Freddie Mitchell
7 Winston Justice
6 John Reaves
5 Leonard Renfro
4 Bernard Williams
3 Kevin Allen
The biggest reason Kevin Allen is listed this high on the list is because of who the Eagles could have drafted instead of him. Kevin Allen, an offensive tackle, was drafted ninth overall in the 1985 NFL Draft. Allen played only a single season in the NFL, which is an obvious indication that he was a huge bust. Allen’s first career start was against the amazing Lawrence Taylor and the New York Giants. Taylor racked up a spectacular eight sacks while lined up against Allen. After his terrible rookie season he was tested positive for cocaine and released from the team before his second season ever got started. If that wasn’t enough, he was charged for sexual assault and spent 33 months in prison only a week after getting cut. Allen is actually one of a very small group of players who have received lifelong bans from the NFL. Wow, that's a pretty incredible flame out from the league
2 Jerome McDougle
Drafted as the 15th overall pick in 2003, Jerome McDougle is a close second on our worst Eagles draft mistakes list. The Eagles franchise has a history of making bad moves in the draft and this was no exception, as they moved up 15 picks to grab McDougle. How did their return on investment pan out? Partly due to injuries, he rewarded the team with three sacks in three seasons.
1 Mike Mamula
Every Eagles fan will automatically recognize, and surely agree with, our selection for the worst Eagles draft mistake. During the draft, the Eagles traded up and gave three draft picks to grab Mamula. What did they get in return? 31.5 sacks and 8 forced fumbles. Not really a great return on investment.
That's not bad for a player that was drafted in the second or third round. Not the seventh overall pick who cost you three draft picks. If you're wondering what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got in that draft, they were able to draft both Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, with Sapp being a pick acquired from the Eagles at 12th overall.
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