By Andrew Porter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If Geno Smith is the guy, Geno Smith is the guy.
In 1999, the Eagles had the 2nd overall pick in the NFL draft. They were coming off a 3-13 season, and a gross three quarterback medley, with Koy Detmer (five games started), Bobby Hoying (four games started), and Rodney Peete (four games started), all starting multiple games.
The Eagles entered 1999 with a new head coach, Andy Reid.
Quarterback was an obvious need.
However, the city of Philadelphia (including myself), wanted the Eagles to select two time All-American and Heisman Trophy running back out of Texas, Ricky Williams.
The Cleveland Browns had the first pick of the draft, and selected an All-American QB out of Kentucky, Tim Couch. The Eagles, of course, selected Donovan McNabb out of Syracuse University to a smattering of boos from the fans in attendance. It is now an infamous moment in Philly sports history, one we will never forget.
Williams was selected with the 5th overall pick by the New Orleans Saints. He went on to have a moderately successful NFL career, until 2004 that is, when he violated a drug policy multiple times and retired early. After a short stint in the CFL, Williams returned to the NFL, but never made a serious impact.