Looking back at Eagles draft classes: 2004 draft

Surprisingly, the 2005 draft was actually a pretty good one, featuring three different players who lasted a long time on the team, including Trent Cole, who is one of the best defensive players the Eagles have drafted in the past couple decades. I now move on to the 2004 draft, which was back to the usual bad draft from Andy Reid.

Important notes

Total picks: 10 (7 offense, 3 defense)
Notable picks: Shawn Andrews, Matt Ware

1. G Shawn Andrews

I really wonder what the Eagles offensive line could’ve been if Andrews had been on the team longer. After missing almost his entire rookie year with a broken leg, Andrews started 47/48 games over the next three seasons at right guard, making the Pro Bowl each year and earning All-Pro honors twice. Everything was going great for the young guard until he stopped showing up for training camp in 2008 due to personal issues and depression. He then started the first two games of the year before injuring his back and missed the rest of the season. He then spent the entire 2009 season on injured reserve after re-injuring his back. He was released at the end of the year. Many people will remember for how Andrews’ career ended with problems and injuries all over the place, but the bottom line was that Andrews was a great player when he played, and really the only good player in this whole draft.

2. DB Matt Ware

After not having a second round pick, the Eagles took Ware in the third round. Ware played two seasons with the Eagles, appearing in 28 games and totaling 27 tackles and zero interceptions. He will best be remembered for recovering a blocked field goal and taking it back for a touchdown in the Eagles’ epic comeback over the Chargers in 2005. Before the 2006 season though, he was released. He spent a few years with the Cardinals and is now in the CFL.

3. S J.R. Reed

Reed’s Eagles career was rather interesting. He was primarily a kick returner his rookie year, totaling 761 return yards, but he also added 23 tackles. He then got hurt and missed the whole 2005 season after cutting his knee while jumping over a fence and sustaining nerve damage that required a special brace. He was released before the start of the 2006 season and bounced around the league before returning to the team in 2007. He played 15 games and started three at safety while also working as a kick returner. After five games in 2008 though, he was released again and didn’t return to the league.

4. G Trey Darilek

Darilek, along with Reed, was a fourth round pick, but didn’t fare quite as well. He played in 18 games over two years with the team, but was cut before the start of the 2006 season. He was never more than a backup, never starting a game in his career with the team.

5. FB Thomas Tapeh

Back when the Eagles still used a fullback, Tapeh was a regular guy with the team. He was born in Liberia and has the initials “TTT.” That’s about all that’s interesting about him. After playing in just seven games over his first two years on the team, he played in all 32 the next two seasons, starting half of them and totaling 219 total yards and a touchdown. He was not re-signed after his contract expired.

6. QB Andy Hall

Hall played just one game in two seasons on the team, but was actually located to the Rhein Fire of the NFL Europe. He never played in the NFL again.

7. DB Dexter Wynn

Wynn was also primarily a returner, playing alongside Reed. After mostly returning punts in 2004, he fielded both kicks and punts in 2005 and 2006. But six games into the 2006 season, he was released.

8. G Adrien Clarke

Clarke, the seventh round pick, tore his hamstring before the 2004 season and spent the whole year on injured reserve. He then played in 14 games in 2005, starting in four of them, before being released due to a back injury before the 2006 season.

9. RB Bruce Perry

Perry really didn’t do anything for the team after being buried in the depth chart at running back. He didn’t play in 2004 and only played in five games over the next two years combined before being released. He was used as a kick returner for a little while, returning 13 total kicks for 330 yards. He only finished with 74 rushing yards.

10. C Dominic Furio

Furio spent two seasons on the team’s practice squad, but never appeared in an actual game. So basically he did nothing.

This draft featured one great player whose career was cut short due to injury, and then a bunch of garbage, as most of Reid’s drafts went. Ware had one good play and Reed and Wynn returned some kicks, but other than that, Andrews was the only player who contributed to the team in any real way. Thus, there’s no way this draft can receive a good grade.

Draft grade: C-


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