The draft is the biggest and most important way for an NFL franchise to build a successful team. Everybody knows that.
When a team has a draft like the 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers, who selected four Hall of Fame players, that squad is set for the next few years. In the Steelers' situation, the franchise won four Super Bowls in the next six years, cementing itself as one of the great NFL dynasties.
Likewise, when a team misses on a very important draft pick like the Oakland Raiders did in 2007 when they selected JaMarcus Russell first overall, it sets the franchise back several years. In Oakland's case, the Raiders haven't had a winning record since its 2002 Super Bowl season.
For the Eagles, unfortunately, there have been many, many draft misses throughout team history. The first round is littered with players who were supposed to become cornerstones of the franchise yet did exactly the opposite.
The following 15 slides will highlight, in reverse chronological order, the 15 biggest draft day mistakes in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Warning: It's not pretty.