Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the 2004 NFL Draft for the Team

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIApril 17, 2011

Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the 2004 NFL Draft for the Team

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    The following 11 slides will offer an analysis of the 2004 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 and 2008 and 2007 and 2006 drafts, click here and here and here and here and here and here.

Shawn Andrews, Offensive Guard, Round 1 (16)

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    Andrews was immediately named the team's starter for the 2004 season but missed virtually the entire season with a broken leg suffered in the season opener. He also missed virtually the 2008 and 2009 seasons. 

    In between, he earned three consecutive Pro Bowl selections and established himself as one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. He helped running back Brian Westbrook turn in two of the best seasons by a running back in franchise history in 2006 and 2007. 

    He was released by the Eagles in April 2010 and has continued his career with the New York Giants. He is playing left tackle for the first time in his career. 

    Eagles Grade: B

    NFL Grade: B+

Matt Ware, Cornerback, Round 3 (89)

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    Ware played 28 games with the Eagles in 2004 and 2005, contributing on special teams. He is remembered for scoring on a 65-yard blocked field goal return to win the game against the San Diego Chargers in 2005.

    He had the task of covering Deion Branch in Super Bowl XXXIX. All Branch did was catch 11 passes and win MVP honors. (Thanks, Matt Ware.) 

    He was released by the team before the 2006 season and has spent the last five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He's played in just 95 games but has just three starts in his career. 

    Eagles Grade: D+

    NFL Grade: C+

J.R. Reed, Defensive Back, Round 4 (129)

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    Reed had a solid rookie season as the team's kick returner, averaging 23.1 yards per return. He missed the entire 2005 season after injuring his knee while trying to jump over a fence and was released by the Eagles.

    He played with the St. Louis Rams and Atlanta Falcons during the 2006 season. He was with the New York Giants during training camp in 2007 and had two stints with the Eagles that season, including a start at strong safety in week 12 against the undefeated New England Patriots

    He was released by the Eagles in the middle of the 2008 season, spent a stint with the New York Jets and currently plays for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League. 

    Eagles Grade: D

    NFL Grade: C-

Trey Darilek, Offensive Guard, Round 4 (131)

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    Darilek played 18 games with the Eagles in 2004 and 2005 but never started. 

    He was released before 2006 and had two separate stints on the practice squad of the Miami Dolphins, as well as the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars. He also played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL in 2007. 

    Eagles Grade: D

Thomas Tapeh, Fullback, Round 5 (162)

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    Tapeh spent four seasons with the Eagles, playing in 39 games and starting 16. He was placed on injured reserve at the end of the 2004 season and before the 2005 season. 

    He spent the 2008 season with the Minnesota Vikings. In his career, he rushed 22 times for 69 yards and caught 27 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown. 

    Eagles Grade: C+

    NFL Grade: B-

Andy Hall, Quarterback, Round 6 (185)

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    Andy Hall spent 2004 and 2005 with the Eagles. He played in one game, but never attempted a pass. 

    He also had stints with the Las Vegas Gladiators, Austin Wranglers, Tennessee Valley Vipers and Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League and the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe. 

    Eagles/NFL Grade: D

Dexter Wynn, Cornerback, Round 6 (192)

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    Wynn played 28 games with the Eagles from 2004 to 2006. He rarely played as a cornerback and was a below average punt and kick returner (8.2 yards per punt return, 19.1 yards per kick return). 

    He spent the 2006 and 2007 season playing sparingly for the Houston Texans and he played two games with the Detroit Lions in 2008. He spent the 2009 season on injured reserve and hasn't played since. 

    Eagles Grade: C

    NFL Grade: C+

Adrien Clarke, Offensive Guard, Round 7 (227)

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    Clarke spent the 2004 season on injured reserve. He played in 14 games and made four starts in 2005. He missed 2006 with a back injury. 

    He started 14 games at left guard for the New York Jets in 2007 and spent the 2008 preseason with the Baltimore Ravens. He currently plays for the Florida Tuskers of the UFL (with J.R. Reed).

    Eagles Grade: C-

    NFL Grade: C+

Bruce Perry, Running Back, Round 7 (242)

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    Perry spent the 2004 season on injured reserve. He started one game at the end of the 2005 season and rushed 15 times for 70 yards, and returned four kicks for 83 yards. He was converted to cornerback before the 2006 season but never played and was cut. 

    He spent the 2007 season with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. 

    Grade: C-

Dominic Furio, Center, Round 7 (243)

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    He spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons with the Eagles but never appeared in a game. 

    He has been with Team Michigan of the All-American Football League since 2008.

Overall Grade

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    Shawn Andrews had a very promising trio of years but was a mental head case and was released before the 2010 season. He should have been so much more but three Pro Bowls is pretty good.

    Tapeh started for a little and was decent. Ware, Darilek and Clarke didn't achieve much with the Eagles, although Ware is still around with the Cardinals. Wynn and Reed were mediocre return men.

    Perry, Furio and Hall never amounted to anything.

    Overall Grade: C-