Eagles’ top 10 WRs drafted in the last 50 years

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With the Birds potentially picking a wideout in the first round, here’s my ranking of the 10 best WRs the club drafted since 1970. Hint: It’s not a deep list.

  1. Harold Carmichael, seventh round, 1971, Southern University. A Hall of Famer and the team’s all-time leading receiver. Enough said.
  2. Cris Carter, fourth round, supplemental draft, 1987, Ohio State. This one really hurts. Carter was cut by Buddy Ryan before enjoying a Hall of Fame career in Minnesota. Ouch.
  3. DeSean Jackson, second round, 2008, California. Also cut by the Eagles and then traded for years later, Jackson has had a productive career, although somewhat injury riddled.
  4. Fred Barnett, third round, 1990, Arkansas State. In the early 1900s, Barnett twice surpassed more than 1,000 yards receiving with Philly.
  5. Jeremy Maclin, first round, 2009, Missouri. A solid NFL wideout who left as a free agent after several good years with the Birds.
  6. -10. Calvin Williams, fifth round, 1990, Purdue; Todd Pinkston, second round, 2000, Southern Mississippi; Jason Avant, fourth round, 2006, Michigan; Jordan Matthews, second round, 2014, Vanderbilt; Nelson Agholor, first round, USC, 2015. (Agholor gets on here because of his contributions to the Super Bowl championship squad).

Did I leave anyone out? Freddie Mitchell?


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  • Ken Pederson

    Good read, thank you! Keep on writing! Who do you think the Eagles will draft in first round? Where do you think they need most help?

    • pywolf

      Ken, Thanks for the comment! I’ve read several mock drafts that have the Eagles taking WR Justin Jefferson from LSU. The two Alabama guys, Jeudy and Ruggs, and the Oklahoma guy, Lamb, should be gone. I like Jefferson.

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