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Ranking Howie Roseman's worst draft picks

Eliot Shorr-Parks
April 14, 2019 - 5:30 am

Eagles top personnel executive Howie Roseman is preparing to over see his ninth draft later this month when the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off. 

Roseman’s history with the draft, as is the case with most general managers, is a checkered one. He has some hits and he has some misses. Figuring out which picks Roseman deserves credit or blame for is not easy, considering the two seasons he spent working with former head coach Chip Kelly. 

When examining which have been his best-or-worst picks, however, it seems only fair to include every year he was listed as general manager — other than 2014, when the bad blood between Kelly and Roseman was at an all-time high. 

With that in mind, here is a look at Roseman’s five worst best picks in the eight previous drafts he has had final say over, taking into account both talent and where the player was selected:

Danny Watkins: This shouldn’t be a surprise — Watkins is one of the worst draft picks in league history. So much so that Roseman essentially had to apologize for the pick and change the way he views the draft. Taking a guard in the first round is already questionable, even if it is with the No. 23 overall pick. Watkins ended up playing just 24 games for the Eagles with 18 starts and never played at the level the team projected he would. Watkins was likely a large reason Roseman started paying so much attention to what the players he drafted were like off the field, as it quickly became clear with Watkins that he was more interested in being a fire fighter than playing football.

Jaiquawn Jarrett: The 2011 draft was a disastrous one for Roseman, and likely played somewhat of role in him losing control of personnel in 2015. Watkins at the top hurt, but Jarrett in the second round was almost as bad. The Temple product never made an impact with the Eagles and as considered a reach at the time of his selection. Jarrett appeared in just 13 games for the Eagles, making just 17 tackles. 

Alex Henery: Henery was at one point one of the best kickers in the history of the franchise statistically, but that ended rather quickly. Henery was with the Eagles for just three seasons before losing his job to Cody Parkey in 2014. If you are going to draft a kicker, they better be great. If you take one in the fourth round, they better be with the team for a long, long time. The Henery pick was both a miss and a terrible use of a resource. 

Donnell Pumphrey: Pumphrey is the most recent addition to the list. The 2017 draft was loaded with talent at the running back position, with Roseman raving about it prior to the draft getting under way. Roseman not only wasn’t able to find an impact running back, but he traded up for Pumphrey in the fourth round. Pumphrey not only has yet to appear in a regular season game for the Eagles, but he has yet to even be active on for a single gameday. The talent at the running back position selected around Pumphrey makes this pick look even worse. 

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