Believe it or not, this list could have started with the name Earl Thomas. Shortly after the beginning of 2010’s draft, the Eagles traded up in Round 1, seemingly to select the Texas Longhorns standout as they had run into trouble with finding someone to fill some big shoes left by Brian Dawkins (no easy task).
Philly instead went with Brandon Graham. The Seattle Seahawks took Thomas with the very next pick, and the Eagles plan for safety would rest on the shoulders of second-round selection Nate Allen. He’d appear in 74 games with 69 starts, racking up 324 tackles, four sacks, ten picks, and 29 pass breakups in the process.
No, he wasn’t Earl Thomas, but he wasn’t any slouch either. He was about as good as what you could hope for after missing out on a future Hall of Famer. Grade: B-
Kurt Coleman was the Eagles’ final draft choice in 2010’s selection meeting and a guy that they didn’t coach properly or a guy that they gave up on too early on or both. After racking up 221 total tackles and seven interceptions in 59 career games as an Eagle, Coleman enjoyed his most successful stint in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers.
There, he reunited with his former defensive coordinator in Philly, Sean McDermott, and flourished, racking up 261 tackles, two sacks, 11 interceptions, a forced fumble, and two defensive touchdowns in 42 career games. Grade: Give him a grade of B+ for his time in Charlotte and a C for his time in Philadelphia.