Saturday, February 6, 2016

Should McNabb have been the top pick in '99?

Just one link to pass along on this Saturday afternoon.

Should McNabb have been the top pick in '99?

Should Donovan McNabb had been the top pick in 1999? (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Should Donovan McNabb had been the top pick in 1999? (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

Just one link to pass along on this Saturday afternoon.

Dave Goldberg over at NFL Fanhouse is doing "redrafts" for every draft between 1998 and 2007. In other words, knowing what we know now, where would each player get taken?

The last one Goldberg did was the 1999 draft, and he makes the argument that Donovan McNabb would be the No. 1 pick.

Looking at the other options, it's tough to argue differently. Here's Goldberg's list of the top 10:

1. McNabb
2. Champ Bailey
3. Edgerrin James
4. Torry Holt
5. Aaron Smith
6. Jevon Kearse
7. Patrick Kerney
8. Donald Driver
9. Antoine Winfield
10. Jon Jansen

Thoughts? Would any of those players have given the Eagles a better chance to win over the past decade? I would say no. But it depends, of course, on who the Birds ended up with at quarterback instead of McNabb.

Writes Goldberg:

Anywhere else, a quarterback with his resume would be revered. But QBs now seem measured by Super Bowl victories and he doesn't have one. Still, a 216-to-100 TD-interception ratio works for anyone and so do 3,249 yards rushing, five NFC East titles and five conference championship games. Knowing this, who wouldn't take him No. 1?

In 1998, the Eagles took Tra Thomas at No. 11. Goldberg puts him at No. 10 in his redraft.

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