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Top 10 at No. 14

Posted by Eric Fisher On April - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Here is PhillyPhanatics.com’s Top 10 list of the best players selected at No. 14 during the past 50 years. The Eagles made the 14th pick four times during these years. (Eagles’ picks at the bottom of this list.)

10. Thomas Davis, DB/LB, Georgia (drafted by Panthers in 2005) Davis has gotten better with age, making the Pro Bowl the past 2 seasons and being named first-team All-Pro in 2015 while forming, arguably, the NFL’s best linebacker tandem with Luke Kuechly.

9. John Jefferson, WR, Arizona State (drafted by Chargers in 1978) Named first-team All-Pro and selected to Pro Bowl 4 times in his first 5 seasons. Gained more than 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first 3 seasons, including NFL-leading 1,340 yards in 1980 before being traded to Packers after contract dispute.

8. Jeremy Shockey, TE, Miami  (drafted by Giants in 2002) Named first-team All-Pro as rookie and selected to Pro Bowl 4 times in his first 5 seasons of 10-year career.

7. Doug Wilkerson, G, North Carolina Central (drafted by Oilers in 1970) After 1 season with Oilers, became a fixture at left guard for Chargers, starting for 14 seasons. Named first-team All-Pro in 1982, selected to participate in Pro Bowl 3 times.

6. Eddie George, RB, Ohio State (drafted by Oilers in 1996) Rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 7 of his first 8 seasons.Named first-team All-Pro in 2000, the last year of 4 straight Pro Bowl selections.

5. Ruben Brown, G, Pittsburgh (drafted by Bills in 1995) Selected to Pro Bowl 9 times in his 13-year career, including 8 times in 9 seasons with Bills (and once in 4 seasons with Bears).

4. Randy Gradishar, LB, Ohio State (drafted by Broncos in 1974) Named first-team All-Pro twice, selected to 7 Pro Bowls during 10-year career with Broncos.

3. Jim Kelly, QB, Miami (drafted by Bills in 1983) Kelly initially spurned the Bills, signing with Houston of USFL instead. Kelly was named USFL MVP in 1984. After USFL folds, Kelly plays 11 seasons with Bills, leading them to 4 Super Bowls. Named first-team All-Pro in 1991, selected to Pro Bowl 5 times. Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame.

2. Earl Thomas, safety, Texas (drafted by Seahawks in 2010) Named first-team All Pro from 2012-14, selected for Pro Bowl 5 straight seasons until injuries ended that streak in 2016. The Eagles infamously traded up from No. 24 to No. 13 to select DE/LB Brandon Graham 1 pick ahead of Thomas and 2 spots before the Giants selected Jason Pierre-Paul. The Cowboys selected Dez Bryant at No. 24.

1. Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh (drafted by Jets in 2007) Named first-team All-Pro 4 times, selected to Pro Bowl 7 times.

Eagles’ picks at No. 14: Tim Rossovich, LB, USC (1968); John Reeves, QB, Florida (1972); Bernard Williams, OT, Georgia (1994); Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida State (2006).

76ers’ worst seasons

Posted by Ron Opher On April - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

By finishing 28-54, the Sixers avoided posting one of the 10 worst records since the team moved from Syracuse to Philadelphia. This is the first time in the last four seasons that the Sixers didn’t add to this list, so perhaps they are emerging  from one of the darkest times in Sixers history. We present the 10 worst seasons since the team moved from Syracuse to Philadelphia.

10. 1992-93: 26-56 (.317) Charles Barkley’s final season with Sixers. Head coach Doug Moe doesn’t even make it through his first season, getting replaced by Fred Carter after 56-point loss to Seattle and 19-37 record.

8. (tie) 1993-94 25-57: (.305) Sixers select 7-foot-6 center Shawn Bradley No. 2 in draft. After the season, Sixers bring in John Lucas to be coach and GM.

8. (tie) 1973-74 25-57: (.305) Sixers improve 16 games over previous season, but they’re still pretty bad.

7. 1994-95: 24-58 (.293) Guard Dana Barros won NBA’s Most Improved Player Award. There weren’t many other highlights, unless you include Shawn Bradley’s 3.34 blocked shots per game.

6. 1996-97: 22-60 (.268) Sixers select Allen Iverson with the first overall draft pick and he wins Rookie of the Year Award, but it didn’t make much difference in their record. GM Brad Greenberg and head coach Johnny Davis were fired after one lackluster season.

5. 2013-14: 19-63 (.232) Sixers tie an NBA record with 26 consecutive losses, but Michael Carter-Williams named Rookie of the Year in Season 1 of GM Sam Hinkie’s tanking plan.

3. (tie) 1995-96: 18-64 (.220) Sixers’ final season in the Spectrum was the sixth straight season in which their record declined. The team was sold to Comcast-Spectacor, an ownership group that included Pat Croce.

3. (tie) 2014-15: 18-64 (.220) Sixers lose their first 17 and final 10 games of the season, finishing with a worse record Season 2 of Sam Hinkie’s tanking plan than in Season 1. Brett Brown does an awesome coaching job to win 18 games with a revolving roster.

2. 2015-16: 10-72 (.122) The third, and final, year of Sam Hinkie’s tenure ends with the Sixers challenging their own NBA record for fewest wins in a full season.

1. 1972-73: 9-73 (.110) The 2011-12 Bobcats had a worse winning percentage (.106), losing their final 23 games to finish 7-59, but that was a lockout-shortened season. The 1972-73 Sixers remain the standard for the worst record in a full NBA season.

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