ESPN names Kevin Allen as the biggest draft bust in Philadelphia Eagles history.
The 2017 NFL Draft is just a couple weeks away and the Philadelphia Eagles will surely be hoping to land a gem or two as they continue to chase the elusive Vince Lombardi Trophy. Unfortunately, their chances of getting a complete dud are about as high as the likelihood of drafting a future Hall of Famer.
The Eagles have had a lot of draft busts in recent years, but one player in particular really takes the cake.
"Former coach Buddy Ryan was quoted as saying the only way Allen could be useful is “if you want someone to stand around and kill the grass.” Allen played just one rocky season in the pros. He tested positive for cocaine after reporting to training camp in 1986 and was released in October. Not long after, Allen was charged with rape and later pleaded guilty to sexual assault."
Allen certainly was a major disappointment, but there are a lot of other busts who could have been honorable mentions as well.
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The Eagles selected Danny Watkins with their first-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. The former firefighter would spend just three seasons in the NFL after playing a grand total of 24 games.
Let’s also not forget about our friend Marcus Smith, who has done close to nothing since being drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. It should be noted, however, that he recorded as many sacks as Vinny Curry last season (2.5). So that must stand for something. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor isn’t too far off from officially becoming one of the biggest draft busts in Eagles history, either.
Here’s to a (mostly) successful draft for the Eagles. If not, the city will certainly let the team know about it.