5 Decisions that wrecked this 2020 Philadelphia Eagles season

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3. The Philadelphia Eagles select Jalen Reagor over Justin Jefferson.

There’s no way to sugarcoat this or say this nicely. The Eagles screwed this up again. They selected Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson in Round 4 and Round 5 of 2017’s NFL Draft. Neither of those guys worked out, and Philly should have moved off of them well before they did.

In 2019, they drafted JJ Arcega-Whiteside in the second round of that year’s selection meeting. D.K. Metcalf was still on the board and got scooped by the Seattle Seahawks seven spots later. There isn’t a Birds fan in the Delaware Valley or anywhere else in the country that doesn’t know how those decisions worked out for both teams.

What’s sad is it should have been obvious that D.K. was the better prospect. Why? It’s simple. D.K. Metcalf got it done versus better competition in college football’s toughest conference the SEC. JJAW never saw the same level of competition from a defensive standpoint in the Pac-12.

One year later, in Round 1 of 2021’s NFL Draft, everyone knew the Eagles needed a wide receiver. Everyone knew they had to get the pick right. What did they do? With Justin Jefferson on the board, who, like Metcalf, played in college football’s best conference, Philly took Jalen Reagor.

Just like that, this franchise was right back where they started as the Minnesota Vikings took Jefferson one spot later, and just like we saw in the events of 2019, there isn’t an Eagles fan on Planet Earth that doesn’t know how those decisions turned out for both teams.