Just looking for an off-topic to distract us from the current frustration of losing an All-Pro LT (Peters)... plus the fact there are no weekend signings in free agency to report, not to mention the news that Demetrius Bell left Philly without a contract or a callback.
It's okay. This breather gives us a chance to reflect on positive things. Like how about the greatest draft pick bargains the Eagles ever signed?
I know, it's better for ratings to pile onto the "Greatest Draft Pick Flops" in the NFL... but seriously, how many times can you poke your spikes into Ryan Leaf or Mike Mamula before you decide it's already been played and done?...
So for a change of pace, here's a list of the Eagles' Five Greatest Draft Steals of all time...
This list was submitted by a local fan named Wes Trunell. I find it worthy...and inspiring...
Most draft "experts" will talk about and focus on the early rounds but championships are won in the later rounds; just ask Patriot fans what a late round steal can do for a franchise. The Eagles have had their fair share of late round picks that turned out to be great players.
Here are the best "steals" in Eagles history:
Seth Joyner (1986-1993 with Eagles), LB, 6-2, 245, U. of Texas at El Paso...
Seth Joyner was selected in the 8th round of the of the 1986 draft out of Texas El-Paso. He was a versatile linebacker that was often overshadowed by the outside sack-masters of his era, such as Lawrence Taylor. Joyner was actually cut by Eagles Head Coach Buddy Ryan in the preseason in 1986 before being brought back later in the season and being tossed into the starting lineup. In his first game he had eight solo tackles and he became entrenched as a full time starter. His most famous game was in 1991 on the big stage of Monday night football against the Houston Oilers. Playing with a fever from being sick the week leading up to the game, he had 13 solo tackles, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries to go along with 2 sacks. Joyner became the vocal leader of one of the best defenses in Eagles history and was an 8th-round steal.
Clyde Simmons (1986-1993 with Eagles), DE/DT, 6-5, 292, Western Carolina....
In the same season the Eagles selected Seth Joyner, they got their bookend for Reggie White with their very next pick. Clyde Simmons was an undersized defensive end at 240 pounds from a small school, Western Carolina, and because of that the Eagles were able to grab him with the 233rd pick in the 9th round of the 1986 draft. (He later bulked up to 292 pounds with the Eagles). Clyde Simmons was always overshadowed by Reggie White, but his stats are nothing to snub your nose at. He finished his career with the Eagles at 76.5 sacks, second to only his counterpart Reggie White in Eagles team history... his total career sacks are 121.5. He also set a single game record of 4.5 sacks against the Dallas Cowboys in 1991. In 1992, Simmons led the NFL with 19 sacks, two short of the Eagles single season record. Clyde Simmons never got the credit he deserved in the national sports media, but ask older Eagles fans and they will tell you how great he was.
In the 5th round of the 2005 NFL Draft with the 146th pick the Eagles selected defensive end Trent Cole from Cincinnati. After seven years Cole has established himself as a leader of not only the defense but the team itself. With no real bookend opposite Cole until perhaps Babin last season, he has put up impressive numbers. Listed at 6-2 and only 236 pounds, Cole was undersized as a defensive end, maybe even undersized for a linebacker. Due to that size issue he was projected to be a 5th or 6th round pick---and the Eagles found a late-round gem. Cole bulked up with the Eagles and now plays closer to 265 pounds. He has totaled 329 tackles and 68 career sacks so far, 62 sacks have come since becoming a full time starter in 2006, that's an average of 10.5 a season. Cole's career is far from over and if he keeps up at his current pace he could establish himself as one of the best statistical defensive ends in Eagles history.
Tom Brookshier was selected in the 10th round of the 1953 draft. A 6-0, 196-pound defensive back out of Colorado, Brookshier makes the list because of his role in the last championship the Eagles won in 1960. Eagles fans in my family have told stories of Tom Brookshier and how well he played at cornerback and safety. Brookshier turned in an outstanding rookie season in 1953 with eight interceptions. He left the team for two years while serving in the United States Air Force in 1954 and 1955 before returning to the Eagles in 1956. Brookshier was not the fastest of defensive backs for his time, but he fit the Eagles zone defense perfectly. He was also admired by Eagles fans for how hard he played and how hard he hit. Brookshier ended his career in 1961 with a career total of 20 interceptions and a championship. He was a an excellent coverage and tackling corner and will always be remembered as such. Of course, he then went on to broadcasting success with the CBS network...and later, local station WIP.
Little question about it, Harold Carmichael is the "biggest" steal of the Eagles draft history. With the 161st pick in the 7th round of the 1971 NFL draft the Eagles selected perhaps the best wide receiver in their history. At 6-8 and 225 pounds out of Southern University, Carmichael was ahead of his time; he was almost impossible to defend. Carmichael was passed up by NFL franchises because of his size, the very thing that helped make him so great. He played on some pretty bad offenses which hurt his career numbers, as the Eagles didn't have a winning season from 1971 until 1978. Under Coach Dick Vermeil he had his best seasons and the Eagles went to the Super Bowl following the 1980 season. In his career Carmichael went from the basement to the top, and he was a big part of the Eagles success in the late 70's and early 80's. He finished his career with 590 receptions for 8,985 yards, a 15.2 average and 79 touchdowns, not bad for a 7th round draft pick.
Ah, it's nice to dream. But hard to believe guys like Carmichael, Joyner and Simmons (let alone Cole and Brookshier) could slip through today's ultra-scouting web. Spies and flies everywhere.
The draft is a funny thing, there are no sure fire winners. A lot of first round picks will become high priced busts and a number of mid-round picks will become team leaders and contribute to their franchises' future successes. With the 2012 draft approaching there may be a great sleeper pick in the later rounds. My hope is that the Eagles are the ones that get a little lucky once again.You may have your own particular Eagles favorite "draft steals" of all time... I would love to hear about them. And besides, it's April...and it won't be long now before we're drafting the future for real...
hahah. next time i'm in the usa, i'll make sure to have a problem with my tail-lights :
Supreme Court Ruling Allows Strip-Searches for Any Arrest
My best ever all around 6th rounder in Eagles history is Wilbert Montgomery. The man was a friggin work horse for the most part on some pretty lousy teams until Dick Vermeil came along. Then he proceeded to single handily destroy the Cowboys in our 1980 SB year. Currently I beleive he's still the RB coach for the Ravens.
@n.akuatuta it's California man, but still, what the hell is with everybody blasting away when they get up on the wrong side of the bed...sheez.....
Whats all these non sense I hear the players association is tryIng to do to delay player punishment in this bounty bowl? Don't they realize the targets were players as well who the Saints were trying to hurt
michael floyd worked out for the eagles. now that it pleasant waking-up info. i know it doesn't mean anything.
@n.akuatuta Yep, typically they are allowed to bring in 30 players .....and then those in local schools can all come in as well. At times, they never even bring in their primary targets like B Graham. However, in the past three yrs, >70% of players they drafted or signed as FAs were brought in to NCC
Quick question , did Nick Cole or MJG get on any nfl team this past season? Just saw a bit of our game last season and realized that these were the guys Juan had to work with. I don't think that Cole got on any other team. He was our starting G!!!
Alrighty - paperwork is done - the world will continue to rotate in the right direction.
As usual - I am grateful to you all for putting up w/me for yet another night.
Palm is wilted and ready for beddy-by.
Nite Mr Calabash
gaither was a good draft steal, same with joe mays and "Chaines"..... but all time favorite 4th rounder was Byron Evans.....
Iz been hearing about these freeze dried micro-ground Starbucks single packs, for the last year or so. I heard "they taste just like Starbuks, cuz theyze micro-grounded". This whole year, every time I go in there, to get my usual, I eyeball those things at the counter, wiff ever growing curiosity.
So last week I say screw it and get a pack, make a cup, and the damn thing tastes like Folgers crystals.
I was ready to write the things off as hobknockery, until I made another cup tonight. Tonight, it was pretty dam good. Had kinda a low keyed Starbucks taste to it.
I think the key is making sure the H2O (water,...to the layperson) is boiling hot, so as to unleash the micro oranisms, and coffee atoms, that are frozen away inside the molecular structure of the tiny grounds.
@Brozer8 Folgers Crystals!!!!!!!!!?????...why dat insult to us Starbuckians will earn you 27 gazillion demerits ...Folgers Crystals!!!!! dats akin to calling Filet Mignon pink slime......
So I still don't think my idea about Kalil was that far off.
THere is precedent for this.
Drafted Jerry Sizemore (OT) 1st in 73 w/the 3rd overall pick in the draft.
We're not selling the farm for a non-blindside OT...Especially not when Mudd can turn dirt into gold... @Palm Feathers
That's right...alchemists have been trying to figure it out for a while...but Mudd + dirt = gold... @Palm Feathers
Your idea about Kalil is that far off.
Palm...perk up!...Yur posts are both repetitive and derivative...Clearly unlike the rest of the Bored... @Palm Feathers
Wally Cox was also on "Squares" and was the voice of Underdog,...one of my personal favorites. How horny is a two-peckered goat?
PF - I know you watched that show that had a guy named Mr. Peepers in it. Mr. Peepers is/was Wally Cox.
Amd before you say Hi Howdie from me to youse
Man I forgot about that show - how the heck did you know about that?
kinda figured that only Bri and me were the only two old goats
are you an old goat TWO ?
I know what really puts me in a good mood like that.
don't get him all wound up.
he's been in a good mood today
@Palm Feathers Bri,....Pamento called you an Old Goat.
How does that make you feel as an old goat ?
Evening Mr President
Now that I 'know' a lot of you - and some not in the Biblical sense - not only are you all fart-smellers - you are all quite good keeping me amused.
You Mr Brozer are a f*cking genius.
When I get to Heaven I'll be sure to put in a good word for all - some of you could use it.
now I forgot my point.............
Wiffout Googling,...I believe Paul Lynde was that kook on the 1970's Hollywood Squares. He was the one that smoked cigs right there in the middle of the gameshow.
Wait,...dey all did dat.
Wally Cox,....quite frankly,....sounds made up.