The news of Mike Kafka signing a futures contract with the New England Patriots makes this a good time to revisit the Eagles' 2010 draft class -- and specifically the fourth round.
That's when Kafka went. He was one of four fourth-round picks. A fourth-round pick in the NFL has value, but not significant value. There's rougly a 10 percent chance of finding a starter in that round. Of course, based on those odds, the Eagles had a realistic statistical chance of finding a starter in that round. Yet of the four players drafted in that round (cornerback Trevard Lindley, linebacker Keenan Clayton, Kafka, and tight end Clay Harbor), the Eagles did not find a starter. In fact, the only player who has stayed on the roster since 2010 has been Harbor.
EAGLES 2010 DRAFT: 1st - Brandon Graham;l 2nd – Nate Allen; 3rd – Daniel Te’o Nesheim; 4th- Trevard Lindley; 4th – Keenan Clayton; 4th – Mike Kafka; 4th – Clay Harbor; 5th – Ricky Sapp; 5th- Riley Cooper; 6th – Charles Scott; 7th – Jamar Chaney; 7th – Jeff Owens; 7th – Kurt Coleman
The fourth round in 2010 was actually more fruitful than one would typically expect. Tight end Aaron Hernandez (Patriots) and defensive tackle Geno Atkins (Bengals) have developed into Pro Bowlers. Wide receiver Mike Williams (Bucs), linebacker Perry Riley (Redskins) cornerback Alterraun Verner (Titans) have developed into regular starters. Tight end Dennis Pitta (Ravens), defensive end Everson Griffen (Vikings) and linebacker O'Brien Schofield (Cardinals) are consistent contributors, as was defensive end Corey Wootten (Bears) this season, and wide receiver Jacoby Ford (Raiders) in past seasons.