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Drafting DL: The History of Philadelphia Eagles


Before anyone gets bent out of shape, in no way to past results dictate future ones. This post isn't supposed to make you want or not want us to draft a DL this year or ever. I just thought looking back on the franchises easily available draft history (up to 91') would bring up some ohh's and ahh's from the past as we wait for Free Agency to start in 6-7 days. It will also double as an indicator of how easy/difficult it is to pick good-great players. Also some players who are tweeners but listed as or not as a DL will be or not be on the list. I marked my opinion on weather the picks were good/great or not. Some guys I have no clue who they are so I used a ?. Good/Great = start for an NFL team.

Name Position Round Pick Good/Great
Fletcher Cox DT/DE 1 12 Yes
Ricky Sapp DE 5 134 No
Te'O Neshiem DE 3 86 Yes
Bryan Smith DE 3 80 Yes
Victor Abriami DE 2 57 Often Injured
Gocong DE 3 71 No
McDougle DE 1 15 No
Jamaal Green DE 4 131 No
Raheem Brock DE 7 238 Yes
Burgess DE 3 63 Yes
John Frank DE 6 178 Who
Kalu DE 5 152 Yes
Jon Harris DE 1 25 ?
Steve Whit DE 6 174 ?
Greg Jefferson DE 3 72 ?
Mamula DE 1 7 Yes/Inj
Skipped a few
Clyde Simmons DE 9 233 Yup
Jeff Owens DT 7 243 No
Laws DT 2 47 No
Bunkley DT 1 14 Yes
JaJaun Ramsey DT 6 204 No
Patterson DT 1 31 Yes
Keyonta Marshall DT 7 234 No
Corey Simmon DT 1 6 YES
Pernell Davis DT 7 246 ?
Brandon Whiting DT 4 112 No
Chri Akins DT 7 220 No
Ed Jasper DT 6 198 No
Bruce Walker DT 2 37 ?
Leo Renfro DT 1 24 ?
Tom Jeter DT 3 75 No
Cecil Gray DT 9 244 No
Skipped a few
Jerome Brown DT 1 9 YES

I count 10 yes' out of 31 possible draft picks ( I left out Jerome and Clyde bc I threw them in even though they were drafted after 91'). That's a 32% success rate. The more I think about it, discuss the draft with BGN I am sure we are going DL in the draft. Maybe even at the number 4 pick. Remember the "Predator" is a DE/LB hybrid considered a DE in the 4-3 under. Graham/Curry fit here but you could see us draft a guy specifically to play here. Outside of that we have no NT and we are very very thin at the 3 and 5 tech. That is 4 positions that need to be addressed along the line. So we definitely will draft a DL at some point. Should we draft DL at 4? In rounds 2,3,4? Remember we need LB, CB and Safety on defense.

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