Addendum: The Heartbreaking LB Misses of the 2010 Draft

Addendum: The Heartbreaking LB Misses of the 2010 Draft

Earlier today we took a stroll down memory lane with the Eagles linebackers, examining how the unit slowly degenerated into the whipping boys they are today. It sparked some decent discussion, with one specific conversation going deep into just how much or little the front office really does prioritize the position.

To summarize, the point was the Eagles have only used one first- or second-round pick on a linebacker going all the way back to 2002, when Andy Reid took over as the VP of Personnel. There was no denying that fact, but unless we went back and looked at every draft to see who was available, who was already on the roster, who they selected, etc., the information didn't necessarily mean anything by itself.

Well, look no further than 2010 for an example of when they could have spent another second.

Sean Lee and Navorro Bowman, a pair of Penn Staters, have been brought up before as solid, emerging players the Eagles could have sought in that draft. That doesn't really even begin to tackle how huge the gaffe was. Let's break it down step-by-step:

1. The Eagles trade pick 55 to the Dallas Cowboys, who select Sean Lee. I'm not strictly opposed to trading within the division, but you better not lose as badly as they did here. Lee is having an absolutely terrific season in his first year as a starter, and we'll be seeing him twice a season for years to come.

2. The Eagles trade pick 59 acquired from Dallas -- three picks later, Brandon Spikes and Pat Angerer are taken. Spikes went to New England, where he's started 14 games over two seasons. Jury is still out, but has good size coming out of Florida. Angerer went to the Colts, and besides having a kick-ass name for a linebacker, has turned into a very productive player. The former Iowa Hawkeye would look pretty good with another bird on his helmet.

3. The Eagles finally select Daniel Te'o-Nesheim with pick 86 -- five later, Navorro Bowman is gone. Bowman is surrounded by talent in one of the best defenses in the NFL, but he is flourishing as a downhill interior linebacker in their 3-4. A little undersized, but his skill set would have translated well in Jim Johnson's defense.

It's not as if their need at linebacker was entirely unrealized at the time, either. Stewart Bradley was still rehabbing from an ACL tear, Moise Fokou was a seventh rounder only one year prior, and they brought in Ernie Sims to fill the hole left from the Chris Gocong swap. Surely they could have used somebody in there.

But no. They traded out, again and again, and passed on MULTIPLE quality linebackers, any one of them seemingly an upgrade over the current group. And what did they get for the trouble of trading out multiple times, then ultimately passing up Bowman?

Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Mike Kafka, Clay Harbor, Ricky Sapp, Riley Cooper, and Dion Lewis.

Really. That was the "haul" for passing on all those linebackers.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
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Sixers Notes: Eager for rowdy opener; Joel Embiid talks back-to-backs

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Sixers Notes: Eager for rowdy opener; Joel Embiid talks back-to-backs

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers first home game is Friday night, and if their season opener in Washington, D.C. was any indication of the fans’ excitement level, the Wells Fargo Center will be rowdy. 

Sixers fans traveled to the Capital One Arena on Wednesday and started a “Trust the Process” chant less than a minute into the game, much to the dismay of the Wizards crowd.

That enthusiasm and loyalty was not lost on the players. They are ready to feed off the vibe at the Wells Fargo Center when they host the Celtics. 

“First of all, Philly fans are passionate and I love that about them,” Joel Embiid said. “Just me going out there, playing hard and making plays just to get them off their seat and cheer and yell and just go crazy, I just love that type of atmosphere. It gets me going, too.”

Some players block out the noise from the stands, especially if they aren’t hitting their shots. Embiid, though, wants to hear the support and repay it on the court. 

“If I miss foul shots and then they’re cheering, I know that the next play I’ve got to do better,” he said. “I’ve got to make a crazy block or I’ve got to make a crazy play to get them going. Then that gets me going too because I love the excitement. Since I’ve been in Philly, I’ve embraced it and I just love it.”

The players don’t want the fans to hold back, either. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot has played in intense game environments overseas and welcomes the high energy in Philadelphia. 

“Here, whenever you go in the street, people call your name, cheer for you,” Luwawu-Cabarrot said. “During the game, it gets you going. The crazier they are, the better you feel and the better you’re going to play. It’s the best thing.”

Brett Brown always has emphasized the responsibility he feels to give the crowd a quality product. He reiterated that doing his job well is on his mind every game. For the first time in his tenure, Brown can debut a roster constructed with direction and a foundation.

“I’m confident and comfortable with what we’ve built, that we can deliver this year’s team to a court knowing that the base is there, there are people we really like and see as part of the future,” he said. 

Fans at the home opener will receive a t-shirt with caricatures of Brown, Embiid, Ben Simmons, Robert Covington, JJ Redick, Markelle Fultz and Dario Saric on it. 

 

The team also is launching the PhilaFanGram camera system that fans can use to take photos with a specially-designed Sixers-themed filter. 

Back-to-backs for Embiid?
Embiid is awaiting word from the medical staff to hear if he will be cleared for back-to-back games. Following Friday's game against the Celtics, the Sixers travel to Toronto the play the Raptors on Saturday. 

"Yesterday I played and my body feels great today," Embiid said. "My knee feels amazing. I feel like if I had to play today, I feel like I would play depending on how I feel. But I feel like I’m ready."

Embiid was held out of consecutive games last season.