I love turning back the clock on past drafts. It’s fun to see how bad or good certain teams did in their scouting. Bucky Brooks over at NFL.com did that very thing for the 2007 draft.
If you recall, the Eagles traded out of the first-round with the hated Cowboys, then selected some unheralded quarterback from Houston in the second. So, there were zero opening round picks for our beloved Birds.
However, with the benefit of hindsight, Brooks has pegged a couple current Eagles who should’ve been first-rounders, but weren’t. Who are the lucky pair? Try Kevin Kolb and Brent Celek.
Brooks has Kolb going to Cleveland at #22, instead of Brady Quinn:
After watching the failures of JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn, Kolb — a second-rounder for the Eagles in 2007 — might be the best quarterback to emerge from the 2007 draft class. Although he only has two career starts under his belt, his back-to-back games with more than 300 yards last season is far more noteworthy than any of the performances of his classmates.
Hard to argue with his logic. Would you rather have Kolb right now, or those other two chumps?
Brooks also rocketed Celek from his initial fifth-round spot all the way up to the Ravens at #29:
Celek — a fifth-round pick by the Eagles in 2007 — enjoyed a breakout season in 2009, and flashed the potential to become a difference maker as a deep middle threat.
We bitch and moan about how spotty Reid and Co. have been in the second- and third-rounds lately, but lest we forget, Celek, Trent Cole and Macho Harris were all fifth-rounders, as was Cornelius Ingram, who could end up being a first-rounder when the pundits rewind the 2009 draft in a few years.
The brain trust really do their homework for the latter half of the draft. Considering the depth available this year, there should be plenty of sleepers lying in wait. Let’s hope the Eagles can once again locate a couple.