Baylor guard Danny Watkins poses for photographs with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the 23rd overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Will someone from the 2017 NFL draft class join this list?
The NFL draft is a week away from beginning in Philadelphia, which means that NFL teams and their fans have their eyes on the future. Could an early round pick be the franchise player? Will the late-round picks be steals? Or will a bad crop of players set a team back a couple years? Those are some of the questions out there, so we compiled a list of five bargains and five busts from the Philadelphia Eagles draft history.
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Steve Beuerlein (7) eludes Philadelphia Eagles’ Mike Mamula (59) in the third quarter at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999. (AP Photo/Rick Havner)
Bust: Mike Mamula, DE, 1995
The NFL combine stud was the No. 7 overall pick, and he draws most of the ire when it comes to Eagles busts. Mamula, however, did produce some with an eight-sack season in 1996 and 8.5 sacks in 1999. But he was done after five years and didn’t match the production of a top-10 pick — especially when the Eagles traded a pick that become Warren Sapp for him.