Grading a team immediately based on its draft day moves is obviously a flawed process.
At the time he was drafted in 2012, Russell Wilson was seen as a reach for a Seattle Seahawks team that had just signed Matt Flynn to be its starter. For the Philadelphia Eagles, Danny Watkins looked like a safe pick and Tony Hunt was finally going to be the powerful running back the franchise needed.
So there’s no way of knowing whether Philadelphia's first-round pick this year, Marcus Smith, will turn out to be a good player. The same goes for Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Jaylen Watkins or any of the draft selections by the Eagles. What we might have a better grasp on, though, is how these new additions affect returning Eagles players.
Does Nick Foles emerge as a winner based on Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly’s draft-day decisions? (Hint: yes). What about Trent Cole? Or Brandon Boykin?
The following slides break down whether 10 players should be viewed as winners or losers based on this past weekend’s draft.