10 biggest first-round draft busts in Philadelphia Eagles history
As short as Bernard Williams’ Eagles career was, it would be even shorter today.
As mentioned McDougle was a top-15 draft choice for the Eagles in 2003. Nine years earlier in 1994, they took Bernard Williams with the 14th-overall selection. Perhaps taking Isaac Bruce or Kevin Mawae would have been a much better play (they weren’t even taken until Round 2).
Williams’ short-lived NFL career (16 games that were all as a member of the Philadephia Eagles) wouldn’t have even lasted as long as it did had he played in today’s game. He appeared in and started all 16 of the Eagles’ regular-season games in 1994 as a rookie. He was never seen on an NFL field again after being suspended for the beginning of the 1995 regular season for testing positive for marijuana.
In all, he would eventually fail 15 drug tests. Yes, you read that correctly… 15 drug tests. He’d eventually get back on track and resurface in the CFL and XFL. He even won the Grey Cup with the Toronto Argonauts in 2004, but as far as his career with the Eagles is concerned, he was and still is one of the biggest draft busts in the history of this proud franchise.