Last week I examined the players since 2000 selected 21st in the first round. It was a hit or miss group. Now, let’s take a look at pick #28, where the Eagles are currently sitting. They may trade out of the spot, but let’s assume they stay put.
2008 – Lawrence Jackson – Started 14 games at defensive end for the Seahawks. Recorded 29 tackles and a pair of sacks. Obviously, the jury is still out on Jackson.
2007 – Joe Staley – Has started every game at offensive tackle for the 49ers. Looks like a definite keeper. Nice pick.
2006 – Marcedes Lewis – Highly regarded coming out of UCLA, Lewis has been a disappointment so far. Only 91 catches and 5 career touchdowns. Needs to be better.
2005 – Luis Castillo – Has battled injuries, but 14.5 sacks and 2 interceptions are decent numbers. Fits well in the Chargers 3-4 scheme.
2004 – Chris Gamble – Has yet to make the Pro Bowl but was rewarded with a huge contract from the Panthers last fall. Has 20 career interceptions. Excellent selection.
2003 – Andre Woolfolk – Played four seasons with the Titans and did virtually nothing. Is still searching for a team. A bust for sure.
2002 – Jerramy Stevens – A trainwreck of a player and person. Has been arrested for multiple legal difficulties. Currently on the Bucs roster. Has ability, but I’m amazed he’s still in the NFL.
2001 – Derrick Gibson – Spent six years with the Raiders and stunk. Tallied only three picks in his career. Another bust.
2000 – Rob Morris – Had an up-and-down eight seasons with the Colts. Solid run defender but was slowed by injuries. Good, not great pick.
Again, not an overly impressive group. Woolfolk and Gibson were busts. Lewis and Stevens are close to it. Only Morris has won a Super Bowl. Gamble and Castillo are good players. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Birds trade back into the second round if they can’t find value at #28.