Updated: Apr 29, 2021
The decade that brought us our first Super Bowl victory also brought us some diamonds in the rough. While not every pick worked out for the Eagles, each round provided us with massive value (unlike the 90s and the 2000s). In our third of four in a series, we examine the Eagles' best draft picks of the past decade.
7th Round - Jalen Mills (DB) 233rd overall in 2016
The "Green Goblin" certainly has captured hearts in Philadelphia. He has spent the majority of his time playing in a different position, but we will see Mills play safety in 2020. Mills has amassed 209 tackles and four interceptions in four seasons with the team.
6th Round - Jason Kelce (C) 191st overall in 2011
In the past decade, the Eagles have had ONE hit in the sixth round, and boy did the team hit on a special one here. Kelce not only has been the anchor to the offensive line for the past nine seasons, but he also serves as the emotional heartbeat of the team. He's had three Pro Bowls, three first-team All-Pro selections, and gave us all arguably the greatest Super Bowl parade speech of all time.
5th Round - Halapoulivaati Vaitai (OL) 164th overall in 2016
Vaitai's versatility served the Eagles well the past four seasons. In 20 starts with the team, he played on both sides of the offensive line (left tackle and right tackle). Due to his versatility, Vaitai was rewarded with a five-year $45 million-dollar deal from the Lions this offseason.
4th Round - Josh Sweat (DL) 130th overall in 2018
The Eagles have selected 14 players in the 4th round. Names like Matt Barkley and Mack Hollins stand out, but they didn't on the field. While Sweat still has a lot to prove on the field, he is the best player selected in the 4th round, which says a lot. The Florida State product played in all 16 games in 2019 and finished with 21 tackles, four sacks and 10 quarterback hits.
3rd Round - Nick Foles (QB) 88th overall in 2012
The most obvious choice on this list. Foles helped lead the Eagles to their only Super Bowl win in franchise history, becoming Super Bowl MVP in the process. While he's spent time on several other teams, his time with Philadelphia will always be cherished. In 2013, Foles matched the single-game record for touchdown passes in a game with seven against the Oakland Raiders.
2nd Round - Zach Ertz (TE) 35th overall in 2013
Ertz has been a staple with the Eagles franchise for seven seasons. He set a single-season record with 116 receptions in 2018. He has 525 catches for 5,743 yards with 35 touchdowns. The Stanford product has three Pro Bowl selections in his career.
1st Round - Fletcher Cox (DL) 12th overall in 2012
Several players (Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson and Carson Wentz) could have earned the nod here, but Cox arguably has had the greatest impact with the Birds the past decade. Cox has been a one-man wrecking crew since he entered the league. Considered one of the better defensive tackles in the league, he has earned five Pro Bowl nods, one All-Pro selection and 48 sacks in his career.
Check back later this week for the all-time list.