Some players are stars from the jump, some are late bloomers, and some, well, never bloom at all, but it seems that with today’s non-stop news cycle that there’s a growing need to label players almost immediately.
While six years is probably a bit too long, the folks over at Football Outsiders believe that’s exactly how long is needed to rate the overall quality and performance of a certain draft class. And while the Eagles class of ’07 (headlined by, eh, Kevin Kolb) certainly doesn’t rival that of theirs of ’02 (Sheppard, Brown, Lewis, Westbrook), it’s not quite as bad as you’d think.
Moreover, while the selection of Kevin Kolb is viewed by many as a disaster, it turns out he is probably the best quarterback from that year’s class.
From Football Outsiders:
I will cast a reluctant vote for surprise second-round pick and LCF’s favorite quarterback in the class (thanks to a respectable completion percentage as a four-year starter at Houston), Kevin Kolb. He ranks second in attempts, completions, and passing yards, and has thrown the most touchdown passes. More importantly, he is the only quarterback in the class who still has realistic hopes of being somebody’s starter six years on.
While only one member of the 2007 draft class is still a member of the Eagles, Brent Celek, the team scored big in terms of value.
The Eagles took Brent Celek from Cincinnati in the fifth round, 162nd overall. His 76 catch 2009 campaign is the best season any tight end in the class has had, and he ranks narrowly ahead of Olsen and Miller in receiving yards, though the gap between first and third is a mere 132 yards.
Personally, such praise is meaningless for a team that has been mediocre at best over the past six years when it comes to selecting college talent. So remember folks, when you’re trying to think about how your once “elite” team has fallen to the depths of 4-12, all you have to do is point to drafts like 2007 to find your answer.