Sidney Jones and ‘Big V’ kick off our list of the best former Eagles draftees who are now playing in other cities.
Well, the Sidney Jones experiment didn’t quite work out as the Eagles and their fans hoped it would. Philadelphia thought they’d gamble on a corner who flashed first-round potential before an Achilles injury at his Pro Day and give him a redshirt as a rookie. We’re still waiting for him to show any signs that he can be the guy that NFL teams hoped he’d be.
He did have a good year during the 2022-2023 NFL campaign for the Seattle Seahawks after a year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Perhaps, he’s a late-bloomer. Only time will tell.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai’s career got off to an embarrassing start. Filling in for a suspended Lane Johnson and making his first career start on October 16th of 2016 versus Washington, ‘Big V’ was given a good old-fashioned rear-end whooping by Ryan Kerrigan.
Thank goodness for short memories as he rebounded and became a key piece in the 2017 Eagles team’s march to championship glory. Philly elected to move on when Vaitai’s rookie deal had run its course. The Detroit Lions signed him, and he’s battled injuries ever since.
Still, when he’s available and ready to play, this is a talented lineman that can play multiple positions along the offensive front, and that will always be a valuable trait in the NFL.