The only thing that saves the 2001 draft from the last spot on this list is the fact that 3rd round pick Derrick Burgess and 4th round pick Corell Buckhalter would both be good players, with Burgess playing an instrumental role in shutting down Michael Vick in the 2005 NFC Championship. And 5th rounder A.J. Feeley would prove invaluable as trade bait and as a reliable backup.
But the draft duds of Freddie Mitchell in the 1st round and Quinton Caver in the 2nd round make up for the positives of this draft. Mitchell would fall well short of his potential, failing to ever catch 500 yards within a single season, and was selected over standouts Reggie Wayne, Steve Smith, and Chad Ochocinco.
The lack of a dominant receiver on the Eagles is perhaps one of the greatest factors in McNabb failing to deliver a Super Bowl ring. Combine that with Caver being a total bust and the 2001 draft saw a few good players taken, but also an incredible squandering of opportunity.
That is what pits this draft class at the bottom of the list, with the worst draft of Andy Reid’s career of course being…