DB Jaiquawn Jarrett, 2011
After selecting Watkins in the first round of the 2011 draft, the Eagles went ahead and over-drafted safety Jaiquawn Jarrett out of Temple.
Numerous draft experts pegged him as a solid fourth-round pick, but not in the mid-to-late second round where the Birds landed him.
Then-head coach Andy Reid justified the pick by likening Jarrett to the Philly legend, Brian Dawkins.
Reid said, “it’s not fair to compare him to Brian Dawkins, but they’re the same stature, same size, same speed, and they’ll both torch you,” according to NBC Sports Philadelphia.
The thought process behind the selection of this pick clearly showed what Philly’s draft plan was and how desperate they were to find a hard-hitting safety to fill the void of B-Dawk.
Unfortunately, Jarrett wasn’t the answer the Eagles were looking for. During his rookie season, Jarrett only started two games and recorded a total of 17 sacks with zero interceptions. After one game into his sophomore season, the Eagles had seen enough and released Jarrett.
However, Jarrett was scooped up by the New York Jets a few months later where he produced a couple of decent seasons before exiting the NFL.