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Re-Grading Philadelphia Eagles' Past 5 Drafts
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You can usually tell an awful lot about a team simply by examining how well they’ve drafted over time. Sure enough, the highs and lows of the Philadelphia Eagles’ past five seasons on the field tend to correspond with how successful the team has been in the selection process.

It’s also a fact in the NFL that the grades we award teams on draft day often look very different one, two and especially five years down the road. Only after a certain amount of time has gone by, once players have reached their promise or faded into oblivion, is the true success or failure of a class revealed.

With the 2014 draft little more than two weeks away, we’re reflecting on recent Eagles drafts. Based on the timeline, it’s not difficult to see why Andy Reid lost his job as head coach. And if current trends hold up under Chip Kelly, it wouldn’t be unwise to predict bigger things are still to come for the Birds.

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