Looking back at Eagles draft classes: 2007 draft

Out of five drafts that I’ve analyzed, all of which were by Andy Reid, only one of them was worthwhile. Ironically, it was also his last draft with the team. Was the 2007 draft any better? Hah, yeah right. It was another draft without a first round pick, which already hurt their chances of getting talented players. Get ready for another bad draft. Here is some quick info on it:

Important notes

Total picks: 8 (4 offense, 4 defense)
Notable picks: Kevin Kolb, Brent Celek
Players remaining on team: 1

1. QB Kevin Kolb

The fact that Kolb is listed as a “notable pick” says a lot about the talent in this draft class. Just when it seemed like the Eagles had no idea what they were going to do with their first round pick, they traded down to the second round. And who’d they get? An injury-prone, sub-par quarterback who finished his Philadelphia career with more interceptions than touchdowns. I mean, this guy messed up his ankle by slipping on a mat during training camp. I have no words. He ended up retiring due to post-concussion symptoms, which is obviously nothing to joke about, but the bottom line was that he was bad. And somehow, the Eagles turned Kolb, a second round pick, into a second rounder and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie when they traded him to the Cardinals. I guess the only team stupider than the Eagles was the Cardinals for actually trading for him.

2. DE Victor Abiamiri

The draft class didn’t get much more talented after the Eagles took Abiamiri with their other second round pick, another Notre Dame defensive lineman. In injury-riddled seasons on the roster, he played in 29 games, six of which were starts. He finished his career with 20 tackles and four sacks. He spent the entire 2010 season on the PUP list and the entire 2011 season on injured reserve before being released afterwards. Talk about a poor start to the draft.

3. LB Stewart Bradley

Bradley’s pick was one of the three the team got in exchange for the Kevin Kolb trade, which by the way, was with the Cowboys. Bradley actually had a couple solid seasons with the team, playing as the primary starting middle linebacker in 2008 and 2010. Bradley dealt with a lot of injuries as well, missing all of 2009 with a torn ACL and four of 2010 with another injury. Bradley’s 86 tackles in 2008 though was actually a great single season, earning the comparison to Brian Urlacher by then-teammate Sheldon Brown. I think it’s fair to say Brown jumped the gun with that one though. After his 2010 season, he was released.

4. RB Tony Hunt

Think this draft could get any worse? Oh, well it did. Hunt, a third round pick along with Bradley, was a terrible pick. There’s no way around it. After spending his rookie season as fourth on the depth chart, he moved to fullback for his second season, winning the starting job. But that was short-lived, as he was released midway through the season. He finished his Eagles and NFL career with just 67 total yards and two touchdowns.

5. DB C.J. Gaddis

After the team didn’t have a fourth round pick, Gaddis was the team’s first fifth round pick of the draft. He was released before the start of the 2007 season and never played a game in the NFL. Oh well.

6. TE Brent Celek

It took until the fifth round, but finally, Reid found a diamond in the rough with Celek. A fan favorite and hard-worker, Celek has been a great player for the past eight seasons with the team and is the only player from this draft class still on the team. He will easily go down as one of the best tight ends this team has ever had, possessing both great pass-catching and blocking abilities. He’s being phased out a bit as the pass-catcher with the addition of Zach Ertz, but he has still been a valuable part of the team. He currently has 4,315 yards and 27 touchdowns. He’s also missed just one game over his entire career. Talk about a great pick. It seems like some of Reid’s only great value picks (or great picks at all) were guys from University of Cincinnati (Jason Kelce as well). Maybe they should do it more often…

7. DB Rashad Barksdale

Well, back to the failed players. Barksdale was just a sixth round pick, but he was released by the Eagles before the start of the 2007 season and never played in the NFL. He bounced around the AFL but now no longer plays.

8. RB Nate Ilaoa

Ilaoa wasn’t much better of a pick. Like Barksdale, he was released before the start of the 2007 season and never played in the NFL.

Well, this draft featured the infamous Kolb pick, but like the 2008 draft, it was one great player and lots more garbage. No wonder the Eagles could never get to the next level and into the Super Bowl. These poor drafts just continue to highlight the biggest shortcoming in Reid’s career with the Eagles.

Draft grade: D

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