The best No. 14 overall picks over the past decade
The 2017 NFL Draft is set to begin on Thursday at the Philadelphia Art Museum. The Philadelphia Eagles will be on the clock with the 14th overall pick looking to find a playmaker either on defense or offense.
Whomever the Eagles select with the No. 14 pick will likely be an instant impact player as history has shown over the last 10 years. The last time, the Eagles had the 14th overall pick was back in 2006, when they drafted defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley out of Florida State.
Bunkley had an underwhelming career with the Eagles over five years. He wrapped up his career playing with the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints.
Even though Bunkley did not turn out to be an All-Pro or impact player for the Eagles, here are five players over the past 10 years who were drafted at 14th overall that have become some of the best at their positions.
Darrelle Revis, CB (2007): Drafted by the New York Jets out of the University of Pittsburgh, Revis established himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the game.
Early in his career, Revis helped the Jets reach back-to-back AFC Championship games in 2009 and 2010 as they had a vaunted, top-tier defense.
As Revis’ career continued with the Jets, many opposing teams’ quarterback would not throw to his side of the field because they feared their passes would get intercepted, hence the name “Revis Island.”
After spending six years with the Jets, Revis went on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots and back with the Jets the last two seasons.
Over his 10-year career, Revis has 29 interceptions and racked up numerous accolades.
Malcolm Jenkins, CB (2009): Before Jenkins signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent, he was drafted by the New Orleans Saints. Coming out of Ohio State, Jenkins was lauded as a versatile defensive back who could play either cornerback or safety.
In his rookie season, Jenkins was a key contributor for New Orleans as they defeated the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl 44. After spending five years in New Orleans, Jenkins took his talents to Philadelphia as he signed a three-year, $15.5 million deal in free agency.
In the same draft, the Eagles selected wide receiver Jeremy Maclin five picks later at 19th overall.
Earl Thomas, S (2010): The Seattle Seahawks drafted Thomas, the playmaking safety out of the University of Texas, after the Eagles shockingly passed on him by drafting defensive end Brandon Graham with the 13th overall pick.
On draft night 2010 and ever since, Eagles fans have been upset because they knew the team could have drafted Thomas to replace the void left by Brian Dawkins. Thomas has gone on to win a Super Bowl with the Seahawks and be named to multiple Pro Bowls.
On the other hand, Graham has not had the career that Thomas has, but over the last few years he has stepped his game up. In 2016, Graham had a productive season compiling 59 total tackles and 5.5 sacks. Over the last two seasons, Graham has become a force to be reckoned with on the Eagles’ defensive line.
Robert Quinn, DE (2011): The then-St. Louis Rams drafted Quinn out of the University of North Carolina as they continued to build upon their defensive line. With Chris Long already in the fold, the Rams knew that he needed help on the other side of the line.
Quinn came on the scene right away and provided an immediate impact. In his second season, Quinn posted 29 total tackles and 10.5 sacks. While those numbers were good, Quinn exceeded expectations in 2013 as he posted a career-high 19 sacks and seven forced fumbles.
However, Quinn has not lived up to that success he had 2013 due to back-to-back injury-plagued seasons in 2015 and 2016.
In this draft, the Eagles drafted offensive lineman Danny Watkins out of Baylor with the 23rd overall pick, who flamed out and became a firefighter.
Star Lotulelei, DT (2013): Just like what the Rams did in 2011, the Panthers wanted to beef up the interior of their defensive line and did just that with the selection of Lotulelei.
Lotulelei came out of the University of Utah being known as a strong and physical defensive tackle, who could stop the run.
In his rookie year, Lotulelei played in all 16 games and had 48 total tackles plus three sacks. He was a part of a Panthers defense that was second in the NFL in points against, only giving up 15.1 points per game.
A couple years later, Lotulelei and the Panthers defense would reach Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos as they were the ranked third in the league in run defense, only allowing 83.6 yards per game.
In this draft, the Eagles held the fourth overall pick and selected Lane Johnson out of the University of Oklahoma.