Reuben Frank has a great piece up on the 1999 Draft. He talked to Jeffrey Lurie and found out that if the Eagles hadn’t drafted Donovan McNabb, they would have gone for RB Edgerrin James. Why not the other QBs?
“We, ironically, going back, didn’t have a lot of confidence in most of the quarterbacks in that draft. And the only quarterback that we all — with Andy leading the way — felt very confident in was Donovan. And it wasn’t just his athletic ability, it was his years at Syracuse, his being able to learn a complicated offense, the way he was as a person, stable family background compared to some other quarterbacks in that draft and elsewhere, so it all came together that he was really the quarterback that was really far above all the others for us.”
So what about James?
“The answer was Edgerrin. We thought this was a potential Hall of Fame running back.”
Really interesting info. I bet Duce Staley is the happiest man in America that the Eagles took McNabb.