The current crop of Philadelphia Eagles rookies has much to live up to.
There’s an old saying that goes something like this. Hindsight is always seen in 20-20 vision. In other words, everybody’s able to identify a mistake after it happens. NFL fans are experts at that, especially the ones that cheer for the Philadelphia Eagles. No one’s harder on this team than the people who adore this team the most, and heading into 2020’s season, a familiar topic of discussion is on the table.
This team’s drafts tend to suck. At the time of this story being published, 79 players sit on the training camp roster. That includes 21 rookies. 11 were undrafted. Ten came to the nest by way of the most recent selection meeting.
If all 21 of those young men evolve into great Eagles, Philly would have hit the jackpot. History has taught us that probably won’t happen, but while you’re stewing over whether or not the ‘Birds’ should have taken Justin Jefferson over Jalen Reagor in Round 1 or you’re wrapped up in the fact that Howie Roseman shouldn’t have burned a second-round selection on Jalen Hurts, a man who entered training camp as the third-string quarterback, a few things need to be mentioned.
Most teams won’t nail every draft selection. That’s why Russell Wilson has to bail the Seattle Seahawks out constantly. The Eagles also aren’t the only team that misses on wide receivers. Bill Belichick and the New England don’t know how to draft one either. You’ve heard the draft isn’t an exact science, and truer words have never been spoken.
Sometimes, teams get it right though. That’s especially true with these ‘Birds’. Let’s take a few moments to celebrate the best rookies of the last ten seasons. Here’s a spoiler. A few standouts like Rasul Douglas (25 tackles, 11 pass breakups, and two picks in 14 games), Derek Barnett (15 games, 21 tackles, and five sacks in reserve duty), and Mychal Kendricks (75 tackles and a sack in 15 games) barely missed the countdown. Here’s where everyone else fell.