Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the Team's 2008 NFL Draft

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIApril 11, 2011

Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the Team's 2008 NFL Draft

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    The following 11 slides will offer an analysis of the 2008 draft for the Philadelphia Eagles, as well as an overall draft grade on the final slide.

    For players who have spent time with the Eagles and another NFL team, I've included two grades—one grading them on their performance with the Eagles and the second grading their overall NFL performance.

    To view the evaluations of the 2010 and 2009 drafts, click here and here.

Trevor Laws, Defensive Tackle, 2 (47)

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    Laws has played in 42 games over the past three seasons. However, he really hasn't contributed much to help the team.

    He showed potential in 2010, recording his first four sacks, intercepting a pass and forcing a fumble. He has 30 tackles in three seasons.

    Grade: D

DeSean Jackson, Wide Receiver, 2 (49)

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    In three seasons, Jackson has established himself as one of the biggest playmakers in Philadelphia Eagles history.

    He's averaged 57 catches, 1045 yards and six touchdowns per year. He's also averaged 11.2 yards per punt return, with four touchdowns—including the first walkoff punt return touchdown in NFL history.

    Jackson tied an NFL record with nine touchdowns of 50 or more yards in 2009, the same year he became the first player selected to the Pro Bowl at two different positions.

    Grade: A

Bryan Smith, Linebacker, 3 (80)

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    Smith never appeared in a single game with the Philadelphia Eagles.

    With the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009, he recorded three tackles.

    Eagles Grade: F

    NFL Grade: F 


Mike McGlynn, Tackle, 4 (109)

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    McGlynn immediately switched inside and served as the second string left guard in 2008.

    He was inactive throughout most of 2009, but became the starting center in 2010 after Jamaal Jackson suffered a season-ending injury in the first game of the year.

    McGlynn is a decent backup but he should not be a starter.

    Grade: C

Quintin Demps, Safety, 4 (117)

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    Demps served as the team’s kick returner in 2008 and finished fourth in the league in kick return yards.

    In November of that year, Demps took a kick back 100 yards for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens.

    He was the favorite to win the starting job at free safety in 2009, but was named backup to Macho Harris.

    He picked up 12 tackles, one interception and one sack in two seasons with the Eagles before signing with the Houston Texans in 2010.

    Eagles Grade: C

    NFL Grade: C

Jack Ikegwuonu, Cornerback, 4 (131)

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    Ikegwuonu, who was supposed to be one of the steals of the draft, missed the entire 2008 season with a knee injury. He played in one game in 2009.

    Ike has been in legal trouble on more occasions (3) than he has played in the NFL (1).

    Grade: F

Mike Gibson, Tackle, 6 (184)

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    Gibson didn’t ever play for the Eagles after sustaining a shoulder injury that kept him out for all of 2008.

    He spent 2009 and 2010 with the Seattle Seahawks. In 2010, he played in 14 games and started eight.

    Eagles Grade: F

    NFL Grade: C

Joe Mays, Linebacker, 6 (200)

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    Mays played in just two games during the 2008 season, but was expected to compete for the starting job at middle linebacker in 2009 after Stewart Bradley suffered an ACL injury in training camp.

    However, Mays lost out to Omar Gaither and played on special teams instead.

    He was traded to the Denver Broncos before 2010. He has 40 tackles in 25 career games.

    Eagles Grade: D

    NFL Grade: C

Andy Studebaker, Linebacker, 6 (203)

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    Studebaker never played for the Eagles, but is now a key backup linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.

    In 2009, he intercepted Ben Roethlisberger twice, returning one for 94 yards. He has 2.5 sacks and 27 tackles in his career.

    Eagles Grade: F

    NFL Grade: B

King Dunlap, Tackle, 7 (230)

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    Dunlap spent the 2008 season on injured reserve, but played 12 games in 2009.

    In 2010, he played in 14 games and started five times for Jason Peters and Winston Justice.

    Grade: B

Overall Grade

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    DeSean Jackson is the only great pick from the draft.

    McGlynn was a solid pickup, while Demps, Mays, Gibson, Studebaker and Dunlap have all shown potential—but only Dunlap is still with the Eagles.

    Laws is close to being a bust. Smith was a total bust, as was Ike.

    Overall Grade: D+