10 biggest first-round draft busts in Philadelphia Eagles history

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Mike Mamula, Philadelphia Eagles #59
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54. . . . Mike Mamula, defensive end. 3. player

The Philadelphia Eagles miss on 3 Hall of Famers in Round 1 of 1995’s draft.

Here’s what was once said about Mike Mamula (though it’s hard to remember who said it first). If the NFL Scouting Combine was an event in the Olympics, this former All-Big East nod (1994) would have made his country proud by coming home with the Gold Medal in 1995.

Mamula spent days and nights mastering the drills he’d see during his workout. As you might imagine, he excelled at them, and when the Combine wrapped, the Birds, looking through rose-colored glasses, had made their minds up.

They ignored Warren Sapp. They ignored Ty Law and Derrick Brooks. They made Mike Maula the seventh-overall selection in 1995’s version of the NFL Draft.

Sapp, Law, and Brooks are all in the Pro Football Hall of Fame now. Mike Mamula never even played in a Pro Bowl, and as for his career in an Eagles jersey, he tallied 209 tackles, an interception, and 31.5 sacks over five NFL seasons.

He earns the third spot on this list because of who the Eagles ignored by drafting him and because he never became what Philadelphia needed him to be.