PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Over the last 10 seasons, the Philadelphia Eagles have just three playoff wins (two in 2008, one in 2006). So it shouldn’t come as surprise to see the Birds among the NFL’s worst first-round drafting teams of the past decade.
ESPN.com, using Pro Football Reference’s approximate value (AV) metric, determined a formula to rank which teams have done the best job drafting players in round one over the past decade.
The Eagles, according to the ranking system, are listed at No. 28 — the fifth-worst first-round drafting team.
The article list’s Fletcher Cox (No. 12, 2012) and Brandon Graham (No. 13, 2010) are the team’s biggest hit and miss, respectively, of the last decade. And of course, Marcus Smith was mentioned.
“Philadelphia has found late-round success but has whiffed on a number of recent first-round selections,” Sharon Katz wrote for ESPN.com. “For example, Marcus Smith, the No. 26 overall pick in the 2014 draft, has recorded seven tackles in two years in the league.”
The best first-round drafting team is the Carolina Panthers, while the worst is the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can see the full list here.