Grading every Eagles first-round draft choice during Doug Pederson’s era

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Let’s put it this way. The Eagles whiffed in the first round a lot during the Doug Pederson era.

Things have settled some. Much has been forgiven, but let’s be honest. Though we love him, the trust issues that Philadelphia Eagles fans have had with the vice president/general manager Howie Roseman weren’t unwarranted. He’s hit a few home runs, but he has also struck out a time or two.

The Doug Pederson era ended with his decision to take a year off from coaching in 2021. There were many great moments, the Super Bowl parade being one of them, but how about those first-round draft choices? Let’s just say that things don’t always work out as you think they should.

Four players were taken in the first round during Doug’s era. Three suffered season-ending injuries while playing on rookie contracts. None of them lived up to their potential.

Howie deserves a ton of credit. He found some stars after Round 1 during Pederson’s stint. Tight end Dallas Goedert, defensive end Josh Sweat, offensive lineman Jordan Mailata, and quarterback Jalen Hurts are definitely in that category, but the first round never produced much.

There’s always the hope that first-rounders wind up being stars, but landing a bust is always a possibility. It’s been a few years. Let’s revisit the careers of some infamous Eagles.