2021 NFL Draft: These 10 colleges have produced the best Eagles talent

Reuben Frank
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They’ve drafted 23 players out of Penn State, and none of them ever made a Pro Bowl. They’ve never drafted an offensive starter out of Alabama. They’ve drafted one starter in their history out of Notre Dame.

Some of the most prominent programs in college football history have contributed very little to the Eagles in an NFL draft that goes back 88 years.

Then there’s the opposite.

The schools that have supplied the Eagles with the most talent.

With the draft approaching, we were curious what college football programs have provided the best players to the Eagles.

We came up with an all-time top-10, with the only requirement that the Eagles must have drafted a minimum of three decent players from that school.

Some colleges were close. South Carolina has Duce Staley and Sheldon Brown and Arizona State Ben Hawkins and Eric Allen. But neither has a viable third guy.

Other schools have produced one superstar but nobody else of note – Donovan McNabb at Syracuse, Chuck Bednarik at Penn, Mike Quick at North Carolina State, Clemson and Dawk.

We ranked the 10 schools that produced the three-best draft picks to the Eagles. Undrafted players and free agents drafted by other teams don't count. Supplemental picks only count if the player wasn't on another pro team first.

1. Oklahoma

WR Tommy McDonald [3rd round, 1957]: Hall of Famer who had over 5,000 yards and 66 touchdowns in seven years with Eagles.

TE Keith Jackson [1st round, 1988]: Caught 242 passes and made three Pro Bowls in four years here. 

OT Lane Johnson [1st round, 2013]: Johnson has made three Pro Bowls and one all-pro team in eight years as an Eagle.

2. Cincinnati

DE Trent Cole [5th round, 2005]: Third in Eagles history with 85 1/2 sacks. Had four double-digit sack seasons, made two Pro Bowls.

TE Brent Celek [5th round, 2007]: Spent entire 11-year career here, catching over 400 passes for over 5,000 yards.

C Jason Kelce [6th round, 2011]: Four-time Pro Bowler and three-time all-pro in 10 years as an Eagle.

3. Colorado 

CB Tom Brookshier [10th round, 1953]: Two-time Pro Bowler in seven years with Eagles, starter on 1960 Championship team.

DT Charlie Johnson [7th round, 1977]: Three-time Pro Bowler and two-time all-pro in late 1970s and early 1980s.

S Michael Lewis [2nd round, 2002]: Made Pro Bowl during 2004 Super Bowl season. Had 9 INTs and 6 sacks in 5 years here.

4. Michigan

DE Brandon Graham [1st round, 2010]: Has 59 sacks, plus historic Tom Brady strip sack in Super Bowl. Made Pro Bowl in 2020.

OT Al Wistert [5th round, 1943]: Four-time all-pro and starter on 1948 and 1949 NFL Championship teams.

S Randy Logan [3rd round, 1973]: Played entire 11-year career with Eagles, had 23 interceptions in 159 games.

5. Texas

OT Jerry Sisemore [1st round, 1973]: Size made two Pro Bowls and started for the 1980 Super Bowl team in 12 years here.

S Bill Bradley [3rd round, 1969]: Two-time all-pro had club-record 34 INTs and led NFL in both 1971 and 1972.

LB Jordan Hicks [3rd round, 2015]: Had seven INTs, five sacks and six fumble recoveries in four years with Eagles.

6. Ohio State

WR Cris Carter [4th round supplemental, 1987]: Hall of Famer was only here three years but caught 19 touchdown passes.

RB Keith Byars [1st round, 1988]: Piled up 6,204 scrimmage yards in seven years with Eagles, 11th-most in franchise history.

S Ray Ellis [12th round, 1981]: Spent five years with Eagles and was 4th in NFL with 7 interceptions in 1984.

7. Nebraska

OT Bob Brown [1st round, 1964]: Hall of Famer spent first five of 10 NFL seasons with Eagles, making 1st-team all-pro three times.

RB Correll Buckhalter [4th round, 2001]: Ran for over 2,000 yards with 4.5 average, 4th-highest among RBs in Eagles history.

OLB Stewart Bradley [3rd round, 2007]: Spent first four of six NFL seasons with Eagles and was a starter on 2008 and 2010 playoff teams.

8. Florida State

Tra Thomas [1st round, 1998]: Three-time Pro Bowler played 15 or 16 games in 10 of his 11 seasons with the Eagles. Started on all five NFC Championship Game teams.

DT Corey Simon [1st round, 2000]: Five-year starter made Pro Bowl in 2003. Had 32 sacks from 2000 through 2004, 6th-most of DTs during that span.

DT Brodrick Bunkley [1st round, 2006]: Spent five years with Eagles and started on three playoff teams. Had three sacks and 10 tackles for loss in 2007.

9. LSU

DT Bennie Logan [3rd round, 2013]: Four-year starter was solid run stuffer and also had 5 1Ž2 sacks and 27 tackles for loss.

DB Jalen Mills [7th round, 2016]: Had terrific season during 2017 Super Bowl run, with three INTs and pivotal knockdown to clinch playoff win vs. Falcons.

RB Steve Van Buren [1st round, 1944]: Hall of Famer led NFL in rushing four times and was 5-time all-pro. Still holds franchise record with 69 rushing TDs.

T10. California

WR DeSean Jackson [2nd round, 2008]: Third in Eagles history with 6,512 receiving yards and has 10,656 in 13 NFL seasons. Holds NFL record with 25 TDs of 60 yards.

OLB Mychal Kendricks [2nd round, 2012]: His 14 sacks are 3rd-most by a linebacker the Eagles drafted. Solid starter for six years. Final game as an Eagle was Super Bowl.

OG John Welbourn [4th round, 1999]: Starter on four playoff teams under Andy Reid. Spent five of his nine seasons with Eagles before four seasons with the Chiefs.

T10. USC

WR Nelson Agholor [1st round, 2015]: Had up-and-down five seasons with Eagles but starred in 2017 postseason and in Super Bowl. Had 18 TD catches as an Eagle.

DT Mike Patterson [1st round, 2005]: Solid interior lineman started 106 games as an Eagle and had 16 1Ž2 sacks and an unforgettable 98-yard TD return in San Francisco.

TE Charle Young [1st round, 1973]: A 1st-team all-pro as a rookie and of only three Eagles to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first three NFL seasons. 

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