This is the third in a weekly look at how new Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid drafted with their previous teams, Dorsey as director of college scouting for the Green Bay Packers and Reid as head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. Next week: Best skill position players.
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
Reid’s worst draft: 2010
Wonder why the Eagles struggled in Reid’s last two seasons? The last three drafts under Reid’s watch were not very fruitful, and the 2010 crop might have been the worst. The Eagles, through trades made in 2009 and on draft day, had 13 picks in the 2010 draft, and most of them were big misses.
Because the Eagles went 11-5 in 2009, they were picking 24th. The Eagles traded their first pick to Denver, moved up to No. 14 and took defensive end Brandon Graham of Michigan in the first round. Graham has made just 12 starts in three years, though he finished 2012 strong with four of his 5 1/2 sacks after regaining his starting spot in week 12.
Safety Nate Allen, the Eagles’ second-round pick from South Florida, started 13 games last season but was a backup in the final two games. The Eagles’ third-round pick, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, a defensive end from Washington, did not make the team in 2011; and three fourth-round picks were not with the club in 2012.
The best picks in the draft were in the later rounds. A pair of fifth-round picks — tight end Clay Harbor of Missouri State and wide receiver Riley Cooper of Florida — have been good role players, while linebacker Jamar Chaney, a seventh-rounder from Mississippi State and safety Kurt Coleman of Ohio State finished the season as starters.
Dorsey’s worst draft with the Packers: 2004
While Green Bay general managers Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson had the final say on draft picks, Dorsey’s input was critical to the choices. Most of the Packers’ drafts since 2001, when Dorsey returned from a short stay at Seattle, were successful. But the 2004 draft was a stinker.
After taking cornerback Ahmad Carroll of Arkansas with the first pick, 25th overall, the Packers spent most of the 2004 draft wheeling and dealing draft picks and came up with very little.
The two best picks in the draft turned out to be the last two players Green Bay selected: defensive tackle Corey Williams, a sixth-rounder from Arkansas State who would play 56 games during 2004-07, and center Scott Wells, a seventh rounder from Tennessee, a compensatory pick who would start from 2006-11.
Carroll lasted three years, making three career interceptions and losing his starting job in 2006. The Packers traded their second- and fourth-round picks to Jacksonville for two third-rounders, cornerback Joey Thomas of Montana State and defensive tackle Donnell Washington of Clemson. Both proved to be costly busts as premium-round picks. They also traded up in the third round and took a punter, B.J. Sander of Ohio State, and he failed to make the team.
While Williams and Wells turned out to be real finds, the Packers whiffed on their first four picks in the first three rounds of the 2004 draft.
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