Philadelphia Eagles’ Strongest Draft Since ’02


Published: April 30, 2009


... "Wizard of Westbrook" was drafted after the birds had already snagged Lito Sheppard, Michael Lewis, and Sheldon Brown, respectively.

Seven years later, the Eagles have struck gold again.

After Knowshon Moreno was selected with the 12th pick by the Denver Broncos, the ideal choice was no longer on the board.

While Donald Brown (Uconn) and Beanie Wells (Ohio St.) would have both been available for the birds at pick 21, there was a dynamic wide receiver hanging around that had no earthly business being left at 19. Perhaps fearing that the lowly Lions would draft their guy, the Eagles traded up two spots and selected Jeremy Maclin.

Make no mistake, the Eagles had no intention of drafting a wide receiver in the first round. The glaring need was at running back and Andy Reid, Tom Heckert & Co. are typically hesitant to use any early round picks on wide-outs.

The strong production of DeSean Jackson as a rookie may have played a role in their decison to ...

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