Eagles boast impressive history of drafting wide receivers


Wide receiver is a huge need for the Eagles right now, and the franchise has had some excellent players wear the green in the past.

So far, we’ve discussed some free agent options and players available by way of the draft. Now, lets take a look back on the team’s history of bringing in talented wide receivers on their own.

Here’s a brief overview of the top five wideouts that were ever drafted by the Eagles.

5. Fred Barnett

A third round selection in the 1990 draft, Barnett started off hot during his rookie season. He had 721 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, and was an important part of the offense.

Barnett would have 1,000-yard receiving seasons in both 1992 and 1994. He wasn’t catching a lot of touchdowns, but he was grabbing a fair amount of passes.

He was elected to the Pro Bowl in 1992. Barnett would go on to play two years in Miami before retiring after the 1997 season.

4. DeSean Jackson

Jackson’s career is still young, but he has room to advance up the list.

The Eagles made Jackson their second-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. An All-American at Cal, he wasn’t a drafted in the first round due to his lack of size.

That didn’t matter to the Eagles, and it hasn’t hindered Jackson’s ability. In six seasons, he’s notched over 350 receptions, 6,000 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns. Not to mention, he’s gone to three Pro Bowls and is only 27 years old.

Jackson had a career year last season, when he tallied 1,332 receiving yards under Chip Kelly.

3. Cris Carter

You’ll notice that we’re talking about the best wideouts the Eagles have ever drafted. Seeing Carter on the list probably stings a little bit.

The Eagles took Carter in the 1987 supplemental draft. He didn’t play much as a rookie that year, but would have 17 touchdown catches the next two seasons.

Due to his drug and alcohol abuse, Carter was cut by the team prior to the 1990 season. That’s when his career would take off — he would have eight straight 1,000 yard seasons, and finished his career with just under 14,000 receiving yards and exactly 130 touchdowns.

I’ll put Jackson behind Carter on this list simply because Carter is in the Hall of Fame. I wouldn’t be shocked, though, if an edit had to be made here eventually.

2. Mike Quick

Drafted in the first round of the 1982 NFL draft, Quick played nine years in Philadelphia. He was a Pro-Bowler in five of them.

Quick recorded three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons from 1983-1985. With the exception of 1984, he had at least 11 touchdowns each year during the stretch.

When he eventually retired, Quick ended a career that included 6,464 receiving yards and 61 touchdown catches. He also holds the record for the longest touchdown reception (99 yards) in league history.

Quick was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1995. He currently works as a commentator for the team’s radio broadcasts.

1. Harold Carmichael

Harold Carmichael’s name is very visible in the Eagles’ record books.

Philadelphia’s seventh round selection in the 1971 draft, Carmichael erupted during his third year in the league. After two consecutive seasons of sub-300 yard campaigns, he caught 67 passes for 1,116 yards and nine touchdowns in 1973.

When it was all said and done, Carmichael owned every major receiving record in Philadelphia. He accumulated 589 receptions, 8,978 receiving yards and 79 touchdowns.

Carmichael spent 13 years in Eagles green, before retiring after one season with the Cowboys in 1984. He’s a member of the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team.

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