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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:47 pm    Post subject: Andy Reid and the Draft - Part 1 1999 Reply with quote

For many years, the Philadelphia Eagles were considered one of the best run franchises in the National Football League. This included the opinion that the Philadelphia Eagles were one of the better drafting teams in the National Football League.

Over the next few weeks, I will discuss each of Andy Reid’s drafts, who were the stars, who were the solid starters, who were the backups, and who had no place in the NFL. Did Andy and Co. get it right more often than not?

The 1999 NFL Draft: Ah, the 1999 NFL Draft, the Eagles had the 2nd overall pick in Andy’s first draft. The Eagles fans packed out the Theatre at Madison Square Garden shouting for their beloved franchise to select running back Ricky Williams. Instead, Andy Reid selected Syracuse Quarterback Donovan McNabb to a chorus of boos.



Round 1 – Pick 2 – Donovan McNabb – Quarterback

Donovan McNabb was one of five quarterbacks taken in the first twelve picks, three of whom went top three. Despite the disapproving Philadelphia public, Donovan McNabb became probably the greatest Eagles Quarterback in their history. McNabb threw for 32,837 yards as an Eagle, with 216 touchdowns to 100 interceptions, leading the club to five NFC Championship games, and one Super Bowl.

Verdict – A+ – Andy got it spot on with his first ever selection, a reason for the success during his early years with the franchise.

Who we should have picked – QB Donovan McNabb – Andy got this spot on.




Round 2 – Pick 35 – Barry Gardner – Linebacker

Barry Gardener was a Linebacker from Northwestern University who the Eagles drafted early in the 2nd round in 1999. Gardner started just 18 games as a Philadelphia Eagles between 1999-2002 before moving on to play for the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots. He totalled 181 tackles in four years, with 2.0 sacks.

Verdict – D- – Barry is widely regarded as a bust in Philadelphia, but he did have an okay output when he played. If this was a late round pick it would probably be a high grade, but for a second round pick, you expect a lot more.

Who we should have picked – CB Drι Bly (R2 P41) – Just a few selections later; the St Louis Rams took Drι Bly, the Cornerback out of North Carolina. He won the Super Bowl with the Rams in 2000, and was voted as an All-Pro in 2003. He had a long career spanning 11 seasons.




Round 3 – Pick 64 – Doug Brzezinski – Offensive Guard

In the third round, the Eagles selected Boston College guard Doug Brzezinski. He started his whole rookie season before hitting the pine, starting just six more games in the next three years for Philadelphia. He then moved to the Carolina Panthers for two years, where he started eight games in two years, playing in just one more. Not the kind of production you would like out of a third round pick.

Verdict – D – I’ll give him a slightly higher grade then Gardner, but his career path reminds me of Danny Watkins. Started his rookie year, looked out of his depth, and hit the pine. The only thing saving him from an F is the round he was drafted.

Who we should have picked – WR Donald Driver (R7 P213) – Donald Driver would have been the ideal target for Donovan McNabb to spend his career with. The Seventh round pick totalled 743 career receptions for 10,317 yards and 61 TD’s. Joey Porter was another possible selection, but doesn’t fit as well in the 4-3 defense.




Round 4 – Pick 97 – John Welbourn – Offensive Tackle

Now here is another excellent Andy Reid draft pick, California offensive lineman John Welbourn. He was a very solid player for a fourth round pick, starting 65 games including 9 playoff starts for Philadelphia at Guard and Tackle, and was a member of the team that went the three consecutive NFC Championship Games.

Verdict – B+ – John did well in Philadelphia, a solid starter for many years who never let the team down.

Who we should have picked – OL John Welbourn – Another excellent Andy Reid selection.




Round 4 – Pick 128 – Damon Moore – Strong Safety

A solid Strong Safety out of Ohio State, Moore did well in Philadelphia, starting 38 games in Eagles green, including 5 playoff starts in his three year spell with Philly. In his Eagles career, Moore totalled 133 tackles, 6 interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also scored a defensive touchdown. Unfortunately, in the 2001 NFC Championship game, he tore his cruciate ligament and was let go by Philadelphia. He played one more year in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, but was again waived after a band for Steroid and substance abuse.

Verdict – C+ – For me, it was an excellent pick, but his knee injury really ruined his career. Without that injury, he could have starred alongside Brian Dawkins and co. for a number of years. Due to Longevity, he has to be rated down.

Who we should have picked – SS Damon Moore – It was the right pick at the right time, just an unfortunate injury curtailed his career. His production through his three year stay was excellent.




Round 4 – Pick 130 – Na Brown – Wide Receiver

With his third selection of the fourth round, Andy Reid selected North Carolina wide-out Na Brown, a player who had an okay college career. In his rookie year he started five games, totalling 18 receptions for 188 yards and a touchdown. It was all downhill from there as his playing time diminished considerable, starting just four more games in his next two years before being let go. He never played another down in the NFL.

Verdict – D – Did nothing at all of note in his career, and was out of the league within three years.

Who we should have picked – DT Roderick Coleman (R5 P153) – The 285 pound Philadelphia native Roderick Coleman, out of East Carolina, would have been the ideal pick for the Jim Johnson defense. Coleman, who was drafted by the Oakland Raiders, totalled 271 tackles in his career, with 58.5 sacks in his nine year career, receiving all-pro honours in 2003 and 2004. He also played for Atlanta.




Round 6 – Pick 172 – Cecil Martin – Full Back

Who doesn’t love big Cecil, especially us British Eagles who get to see him every week on our TV screens. The Wisconsin Badger was a big part of the Eagles offense in terms of blocking, and left everything out on the field. Martin made 43 starts for the Eagles, including five in the play-offs, playing in 61 total games. 81 receptions for 491 and two scores, and 103 rushing yards showed he wasn’t just a blocker.

Verdict – A- – For a sixth round pick, Cecil was outstanding value. Full Back is not a superstar position, but this pick cannot be faulted.

Who we should have picked – FB Cecil Martin




Round 6 – Pick 201 – Troy Smith – Wide Receiver

It just wasn’t to be for Troy Smith in the National Football League. The East Carolina product caught one NFL pass, a 14 yarder from Donovan McNabb in 1999, and subsequently tore a ligament in his leg making the play. The damage was too severe for a comeback and his career was done after one reception.

Verdict – F – This is no fault of the player, there is nothing he could do about the injury, and it’s just an unfortunate set of circumstances for all involved.

Who we should have picked – C Todd McClure (R7 P237) – Todd McClure is one of those non flashy, seventh round picks who has an unheralded career, but what a career he has had. Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, McClure started 195 on the offensive line between 1999 and 2012 and will soon go into the Falcons Ring of Honour (Yes, there is a u in it Americans). His career spanned thirteen years, and he also suffered a knee ligament injury in his rookie year.




Round 7 – Pick 208 – Jed Weaver – Tight End

The Oregen Duck tight end Jed Weaver was selected in the seventh round, and had a half decent career. He made the NFL All rookie team in 1999, starting 10 games for Philadelphia, catching 11 passes for 91 yards. He moved on after just one year to Miami, helping the team to the play-offs twice. In his final year of his NFL career, he won a Super Bowl ring with the 2004 New England Patriots (who beat the Eagles) but did not play in the game. Not a bad record for a seventh rounder.

Verdict – C- – For Philadelphia, he didn’t do much at all, and only being with the franchise for a year brings down his grade.

Who we should have picked – DE Bryce Fisher (R7 P248) – Bryce Fisher had a very good career for a seventh round selection, mainly as a pass rushing specialist. He totalled 222 tackles in his eight year career, making 26.5 sacks and six forced fumble. He may have had better numbers had he not spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons fulfilling his commitment with the Air Force.




Round 7 – Pick 251 – Pernell Davis – Defensive Tackle

The Alabama-Birmingham Blazer was the third to last pick of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played in just two NFL games, spending a lot of his career in NFL Europe, where he broke his leg with the Frankfurt Galaxy. He made no impact on the field.

Verdict – F – Didn’t do a thing for Philadelphia, even one measly tackle would have got him a D grade, sorry Pernell.

Who we should have picked – TE Brian Waters (UDFA) – He was drafted as a Tight End, but ended up being an excellent NFL Guard. The two time All-Pro was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys in 1999 before signing with the Chiefs in 2000, spending 11 years at Arrowhead before signing with the Patriots for two seasons. HE’S STILL PLAYING NOW, well I say playing, he’s on the Injured Reserve List of the Dallas Cowboys but did make five starts earlier this year. He’s started 170 games total.



Overall Grade – B

We got our Franchise Quarterback, a solid NFL offensive lineman, and Strong Safety who could have done so much more, and Cecil Martin. Finding your franchise Quarterback already ups the grade, but we had three more solid NFL starters, which is not a bad draft in my eyes. Longevity of the draft picks other than McNabb is the only downfall.

http://britisheagles.co.uk/?p=2812

My article from the British Eagles website, thoughts? How do you think we did in this draft? What's your grade? Who should we have taken instead?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was too young to even know what the hell the NFL Draft was.
Only names that mattered from this draft were McNabb and Martin, but I mean, we got a franchise QB from the draft where virtually any other option would have been a bust so I have to see it as a success.
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Phire wrote:
Was too young to even know what the hell the NFL Draft was.
Only names that mattered from this draft were McNabb and Martin, but I mean, we got a franchise QB from the draft where virtually any other option would have been a bust so I have to see it as a success.


Full agree, I was young as well, 2002 is where I started watching, but John Welbourn was a solid player, and I think Damon Moore was unfortunate to get the injury as he was off to a good start in his career.

Love me some Cecil though.
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Phire wrote:
Was too young to even know what the hell the NFL Draft was.
Only names that mattered from this draft were McNabb and Martin, but I mean, we got a franchise QB from the draft where virtually any other option would have been a bust so I have to see it as a success.


Full agree, I was young as well, 2002 is where I started watching, but John Welbourn was a solid player, and I think Damon Moore was unfortunate to get the injury as he was off to a good start in his career.

Love me some Cecil though.

Didn't you meet him or broadcast with him or something?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good thread Blah. Nostalgia at its finest.
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Phire wrote:
Was too young to even know what the hell the NFL Draft was.
Only names that mattered from this draft were McNabb and Martin, but I mean, we got a franchise QB from the draft where virtually any other option would have been a bust so I have to see it as a success.
Yeah 99's draft has to be viewed as a success for getting McNabb alone. He's our franchise leader in a bunch of passing categories, and lead us to 5 NFCCGs. Pairing him with Andy and a good defense lead by Jim Johnson was nearly a recipe for ultimate success numerous times.

I was in my Eagle fan infancy in the summer of '99, as I visited Philly for the first and only time of my life. But that trip alone helped me to become the fan I am today. So for the buzz surrounding the new coach/QB combo at the time, I am very appreciative.
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Blahman88 wrote:
Phire wrote:
Was too young to even know what the hell the NFL Draft was.
Only names that mattered from this draft were McNabb and Martin, but I mean, we got a franchise QB from the draft where virtually any other option would have been a bust so I have to see it as a success.


Full agree, I was young as well, 2002 is where I started watching, but John Welbourn was a solid player, and I think Damon Moore was unfortunate to get the injury as he was off to a good start in his career.

Love me some Cecil though.

Didn't you meet him or broadcast with him or something?


Yeah, worked with him at Gridiron TV, hopefully see him more as I rise through the ranks over here.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good idea and Applause on the time and effort you put in on this.

I'll give the draft a solid A. It could have been better yes but the fact we added what would end up being the best Franchises QB in our history for 12 years plays a factor in that grade. Especially when you add Welbourn and Martin who contributed for years to come. The only reason it doesn't get a A+ IMO is because it was the start of what will amount to almost a decade of horrific decesion made by Andy and the FO on drafting the WR posistion.

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A couple of spelling and/or grammatical errors but it was a good read nonetheless.

This is a great idea Blah, looking forward to more.

You should probably skip the 2011 write up though...
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eaglesfan10 wrote:
A couple of spelling and/or grammatical errors but it was a good read nonetheless.

This is a great idea Blah, looking forward to more.

You should probably skip the 2011 write up though...


Think I'll go up to 2010 for now, then one each offseason.
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2011 will be interesting though, it'll be like the ultimate "WHAT NOT TO DO IN THE NFL DRAFT" episode.
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eaglesfan10 wrote:
A couple of spelling and/or grammatical errors but it was a good read nonetheless.

This is a great idea Blah, looking forward to more.

You should probably skip the 2011 write up though...


Think I'll go up to 2010 for now, then one each offseason.


Yeah that's perfect.
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Phire wrote:
2011 will be interesting though, it'll be like the ultimate "WHAT NOT TO DO IN THE NFL DRAFT" episode.


Okay, I'll do 2011 for the fun, I like to give classes three years though, so maybe in the offseason.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A really well written article.

Can't believe Blah wrote it though.
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marky_b27 wrote:
A really well written article.

Can't believe Blah wrote it though.


I am a journalist....
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