The Philadelphia Eagles took Milton Williams in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft and it was a head-scratching move, as there were other needs that needed to be addressed and better players still on the board. Jarrett Bailey of NFL Spin Zone put together his list of every team’s worst draft pick and said Williams was the Eagles’ worst selection.
Bailey had this to say as to why he felt the Eagles made the wrong decision when selecting Williams:
"The Eagles took two defensive tackles in this draft, which I wasn’t a fan of. The selection of Williams in the third round with a ton of value at secondary and linebacker on the board upset a lot of Eagles fans — and for good reason. Williams has great athletic upside but this was a big whiff for Philadelphia."
The Eagles had a lot of positions to address so spending multiple picks on one area wasn’t necessary. The selection of Williams caused a bit of a stir even in the Eagles’ war room, as there was an awkward moment caught on camera between Howie Roseman and Tom Donahoe.
Per Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports, Roseman was fist-bumping the other front office members after the pick was made official and Donahoe did not care to bump fists with Roseman. You can watch the awkward moment in the tweet below.
Did the Philadelphia Eagles make a mistake drafting Milton Williams?
Williams finished his Louisiana Tech career with 108 tackles (19 for loss) and 10.5 sacks through three seasons. He brings a nice skillset to Philadelphia but the disdain for the pick by Bailey and Eagles fans was more about there being better options at positions of need when the Eagles were on the clock. Williams could end up being a great player but this pick just didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense.
Right now, however, it’s way too early to know if this pick is going to pan out or not. Williams has yet to even play a snap for the Eagles and he’s already known as “the guy the war room noticeably disagreed on”. Something to keep in mind here is that it’s not uncommon for front office personnel to disagree on picks. Not everyone is going to get their way.
Williams hopes to make an impact for an Eagles defense that finished No. 20 in the league a year ago. If he can make a positive impact for Philadelphia, he could end up being the steal of the draft rather than the team’s worst draft pick.