THE Eagles 2014 Draft has gotten off to a poor start. Spin it how you like, but anytime Eagles fans are walking around with an air of ambivalence you know that something doesn’t pass the smell test.
The bottom line is this guy was a reach pick. Reach picks are fine, if you’re mostly solid or if you’re swinging for the fences on a boom or bust guy who could change an entire franchise should he pan out.
This was not that situation. This is not that guy.
We needed a legit pass rusher and instead we got the standard senior performer. By senior performer I mean a guy that the school pushes or schemes to show off in order to pad his stats and get him drafted so the school can say to new recruits, “Hey, look at the percentage of our players that get drafted!”
When a guy is truly special, you can see it as soon as he gets the majority of the starts in a year. Or his improvement will be steady. With senior performers you get guys who wallow in mediocrity even as juniors and then -BOOM- numbers as a senior. It’s harder to do with guys in the Secondary, but positions like RB, WR, TE, and LB are rife with it. It’s also (I think), why so many top picks turn out to be flops.
Look, I’m not saying this guy is bad player. I’m just saying we could have had him later and not passed on players who truly deserved the spot in history that he now occupies.
I hope it gets better.