Philadelphia Eagles: Revisiting Joe Douglas draft choices, Was he a failure?

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 31: Cornerback Sidney Jones #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of the game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Derek Barnett, defensive end, Round 1 (14th overall)

In a draft hosted by the ‘City of Brotherly Love,’ many thought the Eagles would go with a corner in Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft (yes, this was a problem even then). They instead went with a pass rusher, Derek Barnett, with the 14th-overall selection of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Yes, it was also a position of need. Yes, he’s come up big a few times in a few big moments, but when you’re taken 14th overall, those moments should be more frequent. Grade: C

Sidney Jones, cornerback, Round 2 (43rd overall)

Sidney Jones was taken even though the team knew they’d probably have to wait until his second season for his on-field debut. This is his third season in the NFL, and he’s still battling injury. He’s played in 15 games over the course of those three seasons, and he seems to be getting worse, not better. He’s regressing right before our eyes. Grade: D

Rasul Douglas, cornerback, Round 3 (99th overall)

Rasul Douglas has spent most of his career backing up other guys who were just better, but he can play in this league and at a high level. The Eagles have just failed to put him at his natural position. He’s an NFL safety. He’s not a corner, at least not at the professional level. The guy’s just too slow to keep up with elite NFL receivers. Grade: B-

Mack Hollins, wide receiver, Round 4 (118th overall)

The hope was Philly might have found a diamond in the rough when they selected Mack Hollins in the fourth round of 2017’s draft. How’s he doing? It’s taken him two seasons to haul in 26 passes (he sat out of his sophomore campaign with injuries), and he hasn’t caught a touchdown pass since Week 7 of the 2017 regular season.

He’s a bust (if fourth-round draft selections can be called that), and it’s difficult to explain why he’s on the team now. Grade: D-

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