Eagles Top Draft Picks by Round: All-Time Edition
A little more than 84 years ago, the first NFL draft was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia. Nearly 1,300 players have been selected by the Philadelphia Eagles since that historic first draft. Out of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s, only two players made our all-time Eagles draft pick by round list. The following are the top picks all-time by the Eagles in the first seven rounds.
7th Round - Harold Carmichael (WR) 161st overall in 1971
One of the more recent inductees into the Hall of Fame, Carmichael spent 13 seasons with the Eagles. He is the all-time leader in receiving yards in Eagles' history with 8,985 yards. The Saginaw Valley State product added 79 touchdowns in his career, which is also an Eagles record.
6th Round - Jason Kelce (C) 191st overall in 2011
Zero players drafted by the Eagles in the sixth round have been named to the Hall of Fame, but Kelce might just be on his way. Widely regarded as one of the better centers in the league each and every year, he has been the anchor to the Eagles' offensive line since being drafted in 2011.
5th Round - Pete Pihos (RE) 41st overall in 1945
The oldest player on this list played nine seasons with the Eagles. He was named to six Pro Bowls and was a two-time NFL champion. He amassed 5,619 yards receiving and 61 touchdowns with the team.
4th Round - Sonny Jergensen (QB) 43rd overall in 1957
While Jergensen's career didn't quite take off until he played with the Redskins, he spent seven seasons with the Birds and threw for nearly 10,000 yards and 76 touchdowns.
3rd Round - Tommy McDonald (FL) 31st overall in 1957
McDonald is the only player drafted in the third round by the Eagles that has been enshrined in the Hall of Fame. He played several different positions in the NFL but mainly flanker for the Eagles. He finished with 5,499 yards receiving and touchdowns.
2nd Round - Brian Dawkins (DB) 61st overall in 1996
A familiar name to any fan of the NFL, "Weapon X" spent over a decade playing in the secondary for the Eagles. The Clemson product and Pro Football Hall of Famer was named to nine Pro Bowls and remains one of the more popular players to ever wear the midnight green.
1st Round - Chuck Bednarik (LB) 1st overall in 1949
The last two-way player in the game, "Concrete Charlie" was known for his devastating hits. Bednarik played both center and linebacker for the Eagles for 14 seasons. He helped lead the team to two NFL championships and is infamous for his hit on Frank Gifford in 1960.
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