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Arkansas Fred to FredEx: Eagles WR draft glance
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The Eagles' first-round pick currently sits at No. 22, and with the release of WR DeSean Jackson there has been a clamoring for the Birds to select a wide receiver with their first selection.

But in a draft considered deep at wide receiver, are the Eagles better off addressing their defensive deficiencies first (CB, S, OLB) and then trying to find a late-round gem at wideout on Day 3?

Like any position, if you look at the history of the draft you can find plenty of first-round busts and late-round finds at wide receiver. Here's a look at the Eagles' history of drafting wide receivers.

In their history, the Eagles have drafted only seven wideouts in the first two rounds.

Based on performance, they're batting under .500.

First Round

1982 - Mike Quick - NC State, No. 20 Overall
Quick is perhaps the best WR (talent-wise) the Eagles have ever drafted. Tall, fast and graceful, the current Eagles radio analyst led the NFL in receiving yards in 1983 (1,409), scored double-digit TDs in three different seasons, and was a two-time First Team All-Pro. Patellar tendinitis curtailed his career (he had to retire in 1990), but Quick made his mark in Eagles' history.

Watch: Mike Quick Highlights from NFL Films

1984 - Kenny Jackson - Penn State, No. 4
From one of the best to one of the worst, Jackson never came close to living up to his draft position. In what turned out to be a disastrous '84 draft for the Eagles, Jackson played four mediocre years before retiring abruptly to run his deli in New Jersey. While he was coaxed out of retirement by Buddy Ryan, he never contributed more than being Randall Cunningham's babysitter. He caught a total of 126 passes in his career.

2001 - Freddie Mitchell - UCLA, No. 25
FredEx will always be loved and hated in Philadelphia. Loved for his catch on 4th-and-26 against the Packers, and hated because he was pretty terrible the rest of the time. You can usually forgive terrible, but when you act like you're Jerry Rice and play like Jerry Lewis, you're going to be mocked. Mitchell flamed out after bickering with Donovan McNabb and siding with Terrell Owens in 2004. "The People's Champ" was drafted over Reggie Wayne, Chad Johnson and Chris Chambers.

Watch: 4th and 26

2009 - Jeremy Maclin - Missouri, No. 19
The Eagles traded up two spots to grab Maclin, and while he hasn't set the NFL on fire, he's been a steady and productive starter from the beginning. His 2013 season was lost because of a knee injury suffered during training camp, but his diligence and team-first attitude appear to be a good fit in Chip Kelly's locker room (read: anti-DeSean), and Maclin signed a one-year deal to stay in Philadelphia.

Second Round

1990 - Mike Bellamy - Illinois, No. 50
Lasted one season and played in only six games (no catches). Was released before the 1991 season.

1993 - Victor Bailey - Missouri, No. 50
After a solid rookie season, Bailey became a non-factor in his sophomore season. He was traded to Kansas City in a draft day trade that helped the Eagles land CB Bobby Taylor. He was out of the NFL after the 1996 season.

2000 - Todd Pinkston - Southern Miss, No. 36
The paper-thin WR had the deep speed Andy Reid wanted, but his perceived lack of toughness made him a reviled player in Philadelphia. After the 2004 season, Pinkston tore his Achilles in training camp, causing him to miss the 2005 season. He was cut shortly after training camp in 2006.

Watch: Pinkston gives up

2005 - Reggie Brown - Georgia, No. 35
I know I had high hopes for Brown, and so did the Eagles, who signed him to a six-year deal after his second season. Injuries and the emergence of DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, and Maclin led to Brown's being traded to the Buccaneers after the 2009 season for a 2011 sixth-round pick.

2008 - DeSean Jackson - California, No. 49
Jackson had first-round talent, but his perceived attitude problems dropped him to the middle of the second round (selected after such luminaries as Donnie Avery, Devin Thomas, Jerome Simpson and James Hardy). While Jackson's reputation as a me-first guy may have been accurate, there's no questioning the speed, excitement and big-play ability he brought to Philadelphia. Jackson's highlight reel will be playing in this city for decades, and this pick will go down as one of Reid's best during his long tenure.

Watch: Jackson highlights

Third Round

1966 - Ben Hawkins - Arizona State, No. 36
The Hawk led the NFL in receiving yards (1,265) in 1967 and caught 261 passes during his eight-year career in Philadelphia.

1983 - Glen Young - Mississippi State, No. 62
Used almost exclusively as a kick and punt returner, Young lasted only one season in Philadelphia before heading to Cleveland for four seasons. He caught a total of 11 passes in his career.

1990 - Fred Barnett - Arkansas State, No. 77
Arkansas Fred teamed with fellow 1990 draft pick Calvin Williams to give the Birds a terrific receiving duo through 1995. Barnett twice compiled over 1,000 yards receiving, and he's probably best known for his 95-yard catch from Cunningham against the Bills as a rookie.

Watch: Barnett's catch 

1995 - Chris T. Jones - Miami, No. 78
You can't say his name without using his middle initial. Jones made a big splash in his second season, catching 70 balls for 859 yards. But a knee injury in 1997 all but ended his career.

2003 - Billy McMullen - Virginia, No. 95
I know I thought this was a steal at the time, but the hope that McMullen would be the next Herman Moore faded quickly. McMullen caught 22 passes for the Eagles over three seasons and was traded to Minnesota.


1971 - Harold Carmichael - Southern, No. 161 (seventh round)
For many, Carmichael is the greatest receiver in Eagles history. The 6-foot-8 Carmichael caught 589 balls as an Eagle, caught a pass in 127 consecutive games and made four Pro Bowls. What made Carmichael special was his personality off the field. His charitable and friendly nature have endeared him to the Philadelphia community, and Carmichael is in his 14th season as the Eagles' Director of Player Development and Alumni.

Watch: Carmichael on NFL Films

1990 - Calvin Williams - Purdue, No. 133 (fifth round)
Williams teamed with Barnett to give the Eagles a dangerous one-two punch from 1990 to 1995. Williams scored nine TDs as a rookie and 10 in 1993.

2006 - Jason Avant - Michigan State, No. 109 (fourth round)
Not fast or big, Avant made his mark as a third down specialist and team leader in Philadelphia.

Watch: Avant highlights

2010 - Riley Cooper - Florida, No. 159 (fifth round)
Cooper is probably still best known for his use of racially insensitive language at a Kenny Chesney concert, but his seemingly sincere regret and improved play on the field smoothed things over in 2013 and earned him a new five-year contract.