After the Eagles’ big win over the Saints, they held on to number 15 in the upcoming draft but also walked away with 18th place.
We already look back at recent story no. 15 and today we will look at no. 18.
Eagles has only twice used option no. 18 in the history of suffrage. In 1963 they drafted C / DT / LB Ray Mansfield from Washington and in 1942 they drafted Ted Williams (not that one) back from Boston College. Mansfield ended up playing 14 games with the Eagles as a defensive tackle in 1963 but went to Pittsburgh and ended up being their starting point for more than a decade.
But the Eagles chose this so long ago that they were not even the first rounders.
Here is a look at the last 20 years number 18:
2021: DE Jaelan Phillips
The Dolphins kept the Miami product in town and received solid production from Phillips during their rookie season. Phillips played all 17 games (5 starts) and had 42 tackles, 8 1/2 sacks, 16 QB hits and 9 TFLs. He put the Dolphins’ rookie record into operation. Although he was somewhat inconsistent, he kept himself healthy during his rookie season and seems to have a bright future.
2020: OT Austin Jackson
The Dolphins also had number 18 in 2020 and took Jackson out of the USC. In his first two years, Jackson has played in 30 games with 28 starts, but it has not been beautiful. Jackson struggled with tackles and the Dolphins brought him to defend last season. But this offseason, Dolphins bought Connor Williams, which means Jackson is replaced.
2019: C Garrett Bradbury
In his first three years in the NFL, the NC center-back from NC State has played and started 45 games. Bradbury has played a lot in his career but has not been quite the player the Vikings had hoped for. He was named the 29th best center-back in the NFL by the PFF in 2021 and has been in that field all three of his NFL seasons.
2018: CB Jaire Alexander *
The Packers’ first-round pick from Louisville was a professional bowler in 2020 but played only four games in 2021 due to a shoulder injury. The Packers took advantage of Alexander’s fifth year option for the 2022 season but have reportedly been working on a long-term extension to keep him at Green Bay.
2017: CB Adoree ‘Jackson
After being taken out of the USC, Jackson spent the first four seasons of his career in Tennessee, playing 46 games with 41 starts. He joined the Giants on a three-year, $ 21 million deal last March and they already restructured it this offseason for a maximum of some space. Jackson played in 13 games with 12 starts in 2021.
2016: C Ryan Kelly ***
The Colts signed Kelly from Alabama in 2016 and it’s a choice that has really helped them over the last six years. For the past three years, Kelly has been named a bowling pro. Kelly signed a four-year, $ 50 million extension in 2020.
2015: CB Marcus Peters *** ++
The Chiefs took Peters from Washington in 2015 and he had an incredible rookie season. In 2015, he started all 16 games, had 8 breaks, returned 2 for touchdowns and had 26 passing fouls. He was a pro in bowling in each of his first two seasons and was a pro in 2016. Chiefs traded Peters to Rams in 2018 and Rams traded him to Ravens in 2019. Peters missed the entire 2021 season with an ACL tear.
2014: S Calvin Pryor
The Louisville safety played 44 games with 38 starts for the Jets from 2014-2016 before switching him to the Browns. Pryor was cut by the Browns in September after a fight with a teammate. The Jaguars demanded Pryor after his release, but he played only two games for Jacksonville in 2017 and has not played in the NFL since.
2013: S Eric Reid *
The 49ers pulled Reid out of LSU and put him in his starting lineup as a rookie. They were awarded the Pro Bowl season. Reid had 77 tackles, 4 interceptions and 11 passing fouls as a rookie. He played five years with the Niners before playing the 2018 and 2019 seasons with the Panthers. In 2018, Reid filed a complaint about collusion against the NFL, which was finally resolved in 2019. Reid was the first player to join former teammate Colin Kapernick when he knelt while singing the national anthem to protest racial inequality.
2012: Edge Melvin Ingram ***
The Chargers were still in San Diego when they used No. 18 to pull Ingram out of South Carolina. In his nine seasons with the Chargers, Ingram had 49 sacks, including two years in double figures and three Pro Bowls in a row from 2017-19. Ingram started last season with the Steelers but was transferred to the Chiefs in November. He is a free agent.
2011: DL Corey Liuget
The Chargers were in 18th place in 2011 and pulled Liuget from Illinois. He played eight full seasons with the Chargers, starting 103 games and having 24 games. After the 2018 season, Liuget spent time with the Raiders, Bills and Texans but has not played in the league since 2020.
2010: C Maurkice Pouncey ********* ++
This move worked very well for the Steelers. They pulled Pouncey from Florida and he gave them a great midfield for a decade. Pouncey reached the Pro Bowl in nine of his 10 NFL seasons and was an All-Pro twice. The only time he was not named a bowling pro was in 2013, when he tore his ACL. He and his brother Mike Pouncey retired the same day in 2021. Pouncey filed a number of Hall of Fame cases.
2009: DE Robert Ayers
The Broncos selected from Tennessee played five seasons in Denver before two seasons with the Giants and Bucs, respectively. Ayers’ NFL career spanned nine seasons. He played 120 games (59 starts) in those nine years and had 34 1/2 bags.
2008: QB Joe Flacco
The Audubon native and University of Delaware product was the starting lineup in Baltimore for a decade and was the Super Bowl XLVII MVP. Maybe Flacco was never really a top team but he’s still in the NFL, ready to enter his 15th year in 2022. He was briefly with the Eagles in 2021 before being transferred to the Jets.
2007: CB Leon Hall
The Michigan product played most of his career with the Bengals and spent nine seasons in Cincinnati. During those nine years, he played 121 games with 105 starts and had 26 breaks. After his time with the Bengals, Hall bounced with the Giants, 49ers and Raiders. He last played in 2018.
2006: LB Bobby Carpenter
The Ohio State lineman played the first four years of his career with the Cowboys but never became a starter and did not support the draft. He bounced around with a few teams after that but started just 10 games in total in his NFL career, which ended in 2013.
2005: DE Erasmus James
Valur Víkingur from Wisconsin started his career promisingly. As a rookie he played in 15 games with 9 starts and had 4 sacks. But then injuries took their toll. James played eight games in the next two seasons before being transferred to Washington but did not last until the end of the 2008 season.
2004: DE Will Smith *
The Saints captured Smith from Ohio State in 2004 and ended up playing in 139 games with 120 starts for them in his career, as well as collecting 67 1/2 bags. He was a leader in these Saints’ teams, made the Pro Bowl in 2006 and won the Super Bowl in 2009. Unfortunately, Smith was shot to death after a car accident in 2016. He was only 34 years old.
2003: DE Calvin Pace
The Wake Forest product never became a star, but he had a long and productive NFL career with the Cardinals and Jets. Pace played the first five years of his career with the cards and then landed with the Jets for the next eight. In his 13-year career, he played 187 games with 153 starts and collected 60 sacks.
2002: RB TJ Duckett
When Duckett arrived from Michigan State in 2022, Duckett was 250 pounds behind. He was selected by the Falcons and played his first four years in Atlanta and his best season came in 2003 with 779 running yards and 11 touchdowns. After those four years, Duckett spent one season with Washington, Detroit and Seattle, most recently in 2008.
* Pro Bowl; + All-Pro
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