Yep. That's my draft grade. I was tempted to give them a "D", but allow me to explain.
If you know me, you know i'm a huge AR supporter. I love Andy. I really do. I think he is a good coach, and exactly the kind of coach Philadelphia needs. Philly is a tough town, and you need a guy who doesn't say very much to the media. You need a guy who makes the decisions, bad or good, and doesn't back down from them. You need a guy who produces, consistently, and AR has produced (our record really says it all).
With that being said, i'm very unhappy about the draft.
Now, I will be first to admit that I don't watch a tremendous amount of college football. I see highlights and I do read up on scouting reports for 1st round selections for the draft, but that's about it. So take my rant with a grain of salt. I am no more of an expert than most of the Eagle fans out there. But I will rant anyhow, because, well, that's what I do.
I think we all can agree that the first selection for the Eagles is something that is bothering about 90% of the fans out there. I went to the Eagles message board and basically wrote I was embarassed to be an Eagles fan (at 3am on a Saturday after bartending).
Maybe I overreacted, but - COME ON.
The first pick was a quarterback?
Look, i'm with ya on the whole McNabb thing. His injuries have been strange. Quirky. I really don't see him as damaged goods, just a guy with incredibly back luck. I think he could be a superbowl QB, and is just one game away from going from Peyton Manning Curse to Peyton Manning Blessing.
I don't know squat about Kolb. But I do know that when just about every pundit says, "What were the Eagles thinking..." that more than likely the Eagles just screwed the pooch on that pick. Could we all be wrong in 3 years when he is the starter or traded away for another 2nd round pick? Maybe. I'm sure it would be awesome to be wrong here, but maybe i'm short sighted. My main three needs were: safety, cornerback and running back for our first three picks.
Next pick was Victor Abiamiri in the second round. Ok, a defensive end. Again, not really impressed here with a DE pick. I know the whole "Pick the best player possible" theory, and I do, in a way, agree with it, but i'd still be looking for other help here. I'm still scracthing my head.
3rd round pick was Stewart Bradley, a linebacker. Ok, I'm down with that. We do need to start thinking about replacing Trotter and Jones asap. Trotter has maybe a year left in the tank, in my opinion. Dhiani Jones should be off the team very soon. With Gocong back from his injury last year, it is really like we have two new draft picks at LB to compete during the offseason. Overload, for sure.
The second 3rd round pick was Tony Hunt. Again, don't really know Tony Hunt, but I do know that RB is a position we need help at. Kudos to that pick, if he works out. We definitely needed insurance for Buckhalter, and someone who can pound the ball. I love watching Westbrook fly over the tackles and into the end zone, but we have to protect someone like Westbrook from wearing down by getting a big back to smash into the end zone and run the clock late in the games.
Eagles didn't have a 4th rounder, and honestly, talking about picks from the 5th through the 7th is usually stupid. Yes, the rare gem can emerge from there, but these are probably all going to be more special team picks for the next year and one or two could possibly become a starter. Who that is will be a crap shoot. I'd like to see free safety CJ Gaddis work out, but do you really think a 5th round pick is going to replace Dawkins?
But only time can tell about a draft. In two years we can rate a draft. Which is why we now can rate the Eagles 2005 draft.
Mike Patterson? Reggie Brown? Matt McCoy? Ryan Moats? Sean Considine? Todd Herremans? Trent Cole?
Should all be familiar names, because they are all fairly active for the team for greater or lesser degrees. Mike Patterson inked a 7 year 32M extension Nov 2, 2006, so you know the team loves this guy. Trent Cole signed a 5 year extension only four days later. Reggie Brown we got because of that trade to Miami for AJ Feeley, and he's our #1 WR. Ryan Moats will probably get traded soon. Sean Considine and Todd Herremans are starters. Matt McCoy is probably not going to make the cut with Gocong and Stewart Bradley battling for a spot.
If you ask me the 2005 draft was solid, maybe a few exceptions there, but we have a bunch of starters in those picks. Maybe a bit of trust is needed with the organization. In two years we may look back and say, "Wow, they did a great job."
But until that happens, I still give them a C.