Mike Patterson and Brodrick Bunkley: Proof Andy Reid Can Make Good Draft Picks

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Published: March 20, 2009


... predict how well a prospect will play in the NFL. Sometimes a guy deemed to be the future of a franchise can set an organization back five years (Ryan Leaf).


Other times a guy picked late in the sixth round can come out of nowhere to lead a team to three Super Bowl championships in four years.


Andy Reid has certainly had his fair share of first round-busts (who can forget Freddie Mitchell or Jerome McDougle), but he's certainly made some good moves. Ignoring the city's vote for Ricky Williams to pick Donovan McNabb in '99 was the best decision Reid ever made.


He hit the jackpot with his first four picks in the '02 draft – Lito Sheppard, Sheldon Brown, Michael Lewis, and Brian Westbrook – but perhaps his most underrated decisions came in back-to-back years in '05 and '06, when he drafted defensive tackles Mike Patterson and Brodrick Bunkley, both in the first round.


Patterson played...

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