It's safe to say the 2011 draft marked the beginning of the end for Andy Reid. The Philadelphia Eagles' head coach whiffed badly on his first three picks, capping off one of the worst drafts in the franchise's history.
First-round guard Danny Watkins was released in the final round of cuts this preseason, ending his tenure in Philly after just two disappointing seasons. Watkins was benched as a rookie and again in year two, never grasping the intricacies of the right guard position. He was ineffective as a blocker and played with the passion of a player who didn't care for the game of football.
Second-round safety Jaiquawn Jarrett was remarkably released after just one full campaign with the club. That year, he was thrust into a starting role due to a lack of talent at the safety position. Jarrett rated as one of the worst safeties in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.
He recorded 16 tackles and missed three. He played the entire season without an interception, surrendering a passer rating over 100. Even Reid, who kept Jerome McDougle around heading into his sixth season, admitted he messed up by picking Jarrett.
Third-rounder Curtis Marsh topped off the trifecta. Marsh made the 2013 official 53-man roster but was then released a day later. Marsh never recorded an interception in his two seasons, barely even seeing the field. He was a developmental prospect who never panned out.
Casey Matthews in the fourth round is nothing more than a backup who was fortunate to have made the official roster, and Dion Lewis never amounted to a competent backup running back.
Alex Henery is a fine kicker and Jason Kelce may develop into a talented center but that's not nearly enough to negate the first three picks, notably Watkins. Even Freddie Mitchell (four seasons) and McDougle (released heading into year six) lasted longer with the Eagles than Watkins did.
Watkins and Jarrett may still go on to better careers with other NFL franchises. Watkins signed with the Miami Dolphins the next day, and Jarrett is slated to compete for a starting spot with the New York Jets. But each will forever be judged by Philadelphia fans based on what they actually did with the Eagles, and that wasn't much.
Just four of the 11 players drafted with Reid are still with the team. All three players picked in the third round or higher are gone. That's largely a reason the Eagles are just 12-20 since the draft.
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