And finally, the biggest bust in the entire Andy Reid era is none other than Freddie Mitchell.
“Fred-Ex”—what he named himself—was actually quite the opposite of his admittedly clever nickname. Other than the 4th-and-26 play and McNabb’s 14-second scramble, Mitchell failed to deliver on the vast majority of occasions.
Despite his big mouth, in four seasons with the team Mitchell did not have a single season where he caught more than 35 balls and recorded 500 yards.
Receivers like “Fred-Ex” were why the Eagles made it a top priority to acquire Terrell Owens, whose 77 receptions, 1,200 yards, 15.6 yards per catch and 14 touchdowns in 2004 alone were more respectable than Mitchell’s entire career statistics of 90 receptions, 1,263 yards, 14 yards per catch and five touchdowns.
Of course, the worst part with any bust is not just the player’s lack of production, but the talent that the organization had failed to select in his place.
With McNabb’s lack of playmakers being a significant reason for his failing to win Philadelphia a Super Bowl, the Eagles missed out on the opportunity to give him Reggie Wayne, Chad Ochocinco and Steve Smith, who would all go on to become the best receivers in the league for years to come.
A selection of either of them could also have prevented the locker room drama that resulted from the McNabb-Owens feud (Ochocinco, despite a big mouth, has yet to divide a locker room).
With all that in mind, Freddie Mitchell is undoubtedly the biggest bust in the Andy Reid era and only now—with the Eagles having receivers like DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin—have the Eagles finally recovered from this poor pick.