1. Reggie White
The best pick the Eagles ever made in an NFL Draft was Reggie White. He didn’t come from the main draft where most NFL stars come from. Instead, the Eagles selected him in the 1985 Supplemental Draft after the USFL dissolved. USFL’s loss was the Eagles’ gain as White played for the team for eight seasons and was one of if not the best player to play for the Eagles.
Sadly, White died at age 43 in 2004, but his legacy on not only the Eagles but his entire NFL career is fondly remembered to this day. His No. 92 is retired by three teams including the Eagles. White earned more sacks than games played during his Eagles career and had the most passes defended in a season by a defensive lineman with 13 until J.J. Watt broke the record recently.
White posthumously was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. This honor capped off a phenomenal football career at both the collegiate and professional level. Some players will come close, but there will never be another Reggie White to come out of the Supplemental Draft and find themselves in the Hall of Fame after their season comes to an end.
Philadelphia took a risk picking him in the Supplemental Draft and giving up a high round draft pick for the following season, but it definitely paid off for the NFL franchise.
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