Last month, we decided to take a look back at the Eagles 2009 draft class and came to the conclusion that the two top picks were so good that the class overall has to be graded out well. Yesterday, CBS sports did the same and came away with generally the generally the same impression.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8 Draft Picks)
1 (19) WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri; 2 (53) RB LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh; 5 (153) TE Cornelius Ingram, Florida; 5 (157) CB Macho Harris, Virginia Tech; 5 (159) OT Fenuki Tupou, Oregon; 6 (194) WR Brandon Gibson, Washington State; 7 (213) G Paul Fanaika, Arizona State; 7 (230) LB Moise Fokou, Maryland
THE GOOD: Running back LeSean McCoy was the fourth back drafted in 2009, but has consistently produced when healthy with better numbers each season, including 1,309 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in 2011
THE BAD: After missing his senior year at Florida with a knee injury, tight end Cornelius Ingram was drafted in the fifth round, but again tore his ACL in training camp and was cut the next season – no career statistics in the NFL
JURY STILL OUT: Although he was a seventh round pick, linebacker Moise Fokou has started 22 games the past three years with 112 career tackles, but several injuries currently have him lost on the depth chart
The only team who CBS graded out better for the 2009 draft was the Detroit Lions, who nabbed Matt Stafford & Brandon Pettigrew with their top two picks. The Dallas Cowboys were actually tied for the worst draft in CBS' eyes. Their 2009 draft produced only one even marginally useful player, LB Victor Butler. It should be said that the Cowboys had no first or second round picks that year (thanks Roy Williams!).