Chris McPherson, for the Eagles website:
The Eagles’ prolific run in free agency last offseason overshadowed the fact that the foundation for the team’s long-term success has been built in the past two NFL drafts.
Through aggressive maneuvering and clever moves, the Eagles have acquired eight starters in the past two drafts. None of the 2011 playoff teams in the NFC and only one playoff team in the entire league, the Denver Broncos, has drafted more starters in that timeframe…
Among the playoff teams this year, seven of them have first-round picks from the past two seasons that have yet to crack the starting lineup. The Eagles, overall, have drafted two starters on offense, five on defense and another on special teams in the past two years.
Those eight “starters” would be:
- Brandon Graham — Not a starter, not healthy, not Jason Pierre-Paul.
- Danny Watkins — Below average 27-year-old starter at right guard.
- Jamar Chaney — Chaney is closer to the CFL than the Pro Bowl.
- Brian Rolle — Better than Chaney, but shouldn’t be more than a 4th LB right now.
- Kurt Coleman — Good backup, bad starter.
- Jason Kelce — Promising young player, best rookie season of the bunch.
- Nate Allen — Inconsistent, needs improvement to really own starting spot.
- Alex Henery — He’s fine, but he’s also a kicker.
And yet, surprisingly, the Eagles are not in the playoffs. There’s a disconnect somewhere, I just can’t find it.