Draft choices won’t always work out, but the Eagles have hit the lottery from time to time.
Do you remember every draft choice the Philadelphia Eagles made during the Andy Reid era? If you do, give yourself a pat on the back. It’s pretty hard to do, especially when many of those guys failed to make an impression, but to his credit, Big Red hit a handful of home runs during the 2000s’ first decade.
There were some misses, particularly at the wide receiver position. Reid drafted five wide receivers from 2000 to 2003. Freddie Mitchell and Todd Pinkston were among that bunch, but Andy found some gold too. He found some solid defensive ends, one of which being Derrick Burgess sho despite missing a lot of time because of injury had a solid rookie campaign, one in which he collected six quarterback sacks.
Reid landed some quality defensive backs between the 2000 and 2009 offseasons. He drafted a dozen, and that included Sheldon Brown, Michael Lewis, Lito Shepard, and Quintin Demps among others.
He also drafted one of the great talents at running back that this organization has ever seen (Brian Westbrook). Reid found him during the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He also found Brent Celek in the third round in 2007, but most of those guys didn’t start early.
When you mention fast starts and guys who exploded out of the starting block early, five guys come to mind. They came out strong and immediately proved they had what it took to be stars. Here are the five best Eagles rookie seasons from 2000 to 2009.