It was all downhill from here for Jerome McDougle
We have finally reached #1 on the list of the top 10 draft busts of the Andy Reid era and while I've cautioned a few times over the course of this list that you shouldn't put too much stock in where a guy is on the list... that's not the case with #1. Even though I had Bryan Smith above Freddie Mitchell, I'm totally fine with anyone saying they should be switched. It's really just a matter of opinion, but bust #1 is not.
- 2003 - 1st round 15th overall pick
More than any guy on this list, McDougle was a victim of circumstance. Specifically he more bad luck with injuries than any Eagle I can remember. So it's hard to say whether he ever had the talent to be a success in the NFL or not, but really it doesn't matter. You either do succeed in this game or you don't and Jerome most certainly did not. Fair or unfair, the ability to stay healthy in the NFL is almost just as important a "talent" as scoring a TD or sacking the QB.
After being taken with the 15th overall pick, McDougle spent five seasons with the Eagles and registered three sacks. For his career, he actually averaged less than one tackle per game played.
Just in case you forgot just how often McDougle was injured, take a look at his almost unbelievable injury history after the jump.
- In his rookie season, 2003, he was injured in the final preseason game against the Jets and missed eight games of the regular season. At the time it was said that he had injured his ankle, hip and knee.
- In 2004, he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and missed a game only to return and sprain his knee, causing him to miss the final four games of the season.
- In 2005, just days before he was to report to training camp McDougle was shot in the abdomen during a robbery attempt in Miami, Florida. Complications from emergency surgery cost him the entire 2005 season.
- In 2006 he fractured two ribs in preseason and missed the first three games of the year. In his return, he committed 30 yards of penalties in one play to set the Tampa Bay Bucs up for a 62 yard game winning FG in October.
- In 2007, he tore his triceps in preseason and missed the entire year.
- In 2008 he was cut after a fairly impressive preseason and picked up by the Giants. However, he never really played with New York, who released him after the season and he's been out of the NFL since
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