by AC Viking
(AC Viking is a regular commenter on Iggles Blitz. Not everyone reads the comments section and his info is too interesting not to share)
In the 47 common drafts since the NFL/AFL merger in 1967, the Eagles have drafted QBs in back-to-back drafts three times.
The first pair were the ’91-’92 drafts.
In 1991, Kotite used a 5th Rd pick on U-Miami QB Craig Erickson — who refused to sign a contract and went back into the ’92 draft (can you really blame him though?). The Bucs used a 4th Rd pick on Erickson, who became their starter for two seasons before being replaced by Trent Dilfer and drifting out of the NFL after the ’97 season.
In 1992, Kotite drafted Florida State QB Casey Weldon — who, like Erickson, never played a down for the Eagles. Weldon made the team in ’92. But was cut at the end of training camp in ’93 . . . after which he joined the Bucs and former Eagles’ pick Craig Erickson. Weldon finished his six-year career with 1 TD pass.
The next set of back-to-back picks were actually back-to-back-to-back picks in’95, ’96 and ’97.
In Rd 4 of the 1995 draft, Ray Rhodes picked Dave Barr from Cal. This was a completely wasted pick. Barr didn’t even make the Eagles. He spent some time with the Rams, but wasn’t even on a roster in 1996.
In Rd 3 of the 1996 draft, Rhodes selected the Eagles QB of the future, Bobby Hoying from Ohio State. He sat on the pine in ’96. Started 6 games in ’97. Earned the opening-day nod in ’98 and had a diastrous run of 7 games — throwing ZERO touchdowns and 9 INTS. Hoying moved onto Oakland, rejoining his former Eagles OC and then-Raiders HC John Gruden. Out of football after the 2000 season.
In the 1997 draft, in Rd 7, the Eagles stole U-Colorado’s Koy Detmer. He may have been the best holder in NFL history. Worth noting, he had a stronger arm than ’92 pick Casey Weldon — which tells you even more about Kotite that you don’t want to know. Detmer lasted 9 years with the Eagles (and had that great start in ’02 on MNF against the 49ers before dislocating his elbow and giving way to 2nd-year QB AJ Feeley).
The final pair of back-to-back drafts . . . . 2012 and 2013.
Nick Foles and Matt Barkley.
They have to be better than Erickson and Weldon; and Barr, Hoying and Detmer. They just have to be.