NFC East: Jerome McDougle

Continuing our borderline relevant, hopefully fun and interesting look at the history of the specific draft picks our division's teams hold this year, we look at the Philadelphia Eagles, who have nine picks in this year's draft. Some interesting stuff you turn up in an exercise like this. For instance, some pretty good recent history at the Eagles' first two picks. And if you think the Eagles have to take a quarterback early if they're thinking about the future, scroll all the way down. They might be able to wait until their very last pick to find the next Bart Starr!

PICK 15 (15th pick, first round)

Last five players taken

2011 -- Mike Pouncey, C, Dolphins

2010 -- Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, Giants

2009 -- Brian Cushing, LB, Texans

2008 -- Branden Albert, T, Chiefs

2007 -- Lawrence Timmons, LB, Steelers

Eagles' history of No. 15 picks

2003 -- Jerome McDougle

Hall of Famers picked No. 15

Alan Page (1967), Jim Taylor (1958)

Other Notables

Albert Haynesworth (2002)

PICK 46 (14th pick, second round)

Last five players taken

2011 -- Orlando Franklin, T, Broncos

2010 -- Linval Joseph, DT, Giants

2009 -- Connor Barwin, DE, Texans

2008 -- Jerome Simpson, WR, Bengals

2007 -- LaMarr Woodley, LB, Steelers

Eagles' history of No. 46 pick

1983 -- Jody Schulz

Hall of Famers picked No. 46

Jack Lambert (1974)

PICK 51 (19th pick, second round)

Last five players taken

2011 -- Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Buccaneers

2010 -- Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings

2009 -- Andy Levitre, G, Bills

2008 -- Malcolm Kelly, WR, Redskins

2007 -- Steve Smith, WR, Giants

Eagles' history of No. 51 pick


Hall of Famers picked No. 51

Rickey Jackson (1981)

PICK 88 (25th pick, third round)

Last five players taken

2011 -- Johnny Patrick, DB, Saints

2010 -- Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals

2009 -- Ladarius Webb, DB, Ravens

2008 -- Bruce Davis, LB, Steelers

2007 -- Andy Alleman, G, Saints

Eagles' history of No. 88 pick

1984 -- Evan Cooper

Hall of Famers picked No. 88

Bob Hayes (1964)

PICK 114 (19th pick, fourth round)

Last five players taken

2011 -- Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars

2010 -- Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens

2009 -- David Bruton, DB, Broncos

2008 -- Reggie Corner, DB, Bills

2007 -- Marvin White, S, Bengals

Eagles' history of No. 114 pick

1967 -- Bob Van Pelt

Hall of Famers picked No. 114

None. Closest I found was Steve Largent, who was picked 117th. Sorry.

PICK 153 (18th pick, fifth round)

Last five players taken

2011 -- Jeremy Kerley, WR, Jets

2010 -- Andrew Quarless, TE, Packers

2009 -- Cornelius Ingram, TE, Eagles

2008 -- Matt Slater, WR, Patriots

2007 -- Kevin Boss, TE, Giants

Eagles' history of No. 153 pick

2009 -- Cornelius Ingram

1967 -- Bob Hughes

Hall of Famers picked No. 153

None. No one at all in the 150s. Or the 140s, for that matter.

PICK 172 (second pick, sixth round)

Last five players taken

2011 -- Brandon Fusco, C, Vikings

2010 -- Brent Bowden, P, Buccaneers

2009 -- David Buehler, K, Cowboys

2008 -- Thomas Brown, RB, Falcons

2007 -- Legedu Naanee, WR, Chargers

Eagles' history of 172nd pick

2005 -- Scott Young

1999 -- Cecil Martin

1984 -- Joe Hayes

Hall of Famers picked No. 172


PICK 194 (24th pick, sixth round)

Last five players taken

2011 -- Markell Carter, LB, Patriots

2010 -- Ramon Harewood, T, Ravens

2009 -- Brandon Gibson, WR, Eagles

2008 -- Ryan Mundy, S, Steelers

2007 -- David Irons, CB, Falcons

Eagles' history of 194th pick

2009 -- Brandon Gibson

1996 -- Steve White

Hall of Famers picked No. 194

None. Closest I found was Shannon Sharpe, who was picked No. 192 in 1990.

PICK 200 (30th pick, sixth round)

Last five players taken

2011 -- Ross Homan, LB, Vikings

2010 -- Charles Scott, RB, Eagles

2009 -- DeAndre Wright, CB, Giants

2008 -- Joe Mays, LB, Eagles

2007 -- Melila Purcell, DE, Browns

Eagles' history of 200th pick

2010 -- Charles Scott

2008 -- Joe Mays

1984 -- Manny Matsakis

Hall of Famers picked No. 200

Bart Starr (1956)

Eli Manning is out for Steelers game

August, 18, 2010
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been ruled out for Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers. Other than tossing a few passes while wearing a cap, Manning did not practice Wednesday afternoon. And with backup Jim Sorgi out with a shoulder injury, Rhett Bomar was the only quarterback standing.

"Eli will not play this week but I won't go any further than that," Coughlin said after practice. "There is a question as to whether what he can do with a hat on [in practice]. I am not going to rush things. If the doctors say it is OK for him to throw, then he will do some throwing. But he is definitely not going to put the helmet on."

A couple of Manning's buddies on the offensive line showed up to Wednesday's practice with large bandages on their foreheads. Coughlin said there was a possibility the Giants would sign another quarterback in the next couple days in case Sorgi's not ready to go against the Steelers.

For Manning, this will be a moment that stays with him for a long time. There's nothing like opening a brand new stadium by leaking blood all over the playing surface after a botched play.

"I always thought my first game ever versus Philadelphia would be the biggest hit I would ever take," said Manning on Wednesday. "Jerome McDougle gave me a good pop but this is right up there. Kind of a double whammy, and you get a little blood and stuff, it is always a good hit. Let's hope this will be the worst one."

And in case you're wondering, Giants camp phenom Victor Cruz is supposed to call the Beast later this evening. We'll keep you posted. If he calls, I'll probably write something up for Thursday morning. Thanks for your continued support.

The inactives: Giants vs. Cowboys

December, 14, 2008
Posted by's Matt Mosley

IRVING, Texas -- We've already told you about Cowboys running back Marion Barber being active for tonight's game. The other big news is that Giants defensive tackle Fred Robbins (shoulder) won't play. With Brandon Jacobs and Robbins out, the Giants lose two excellent players.

Wide receiver Domenik Hixon is active, so that's a bit of good news for Giants fans. Here's the rest of the Giants' inactives:

K Lawrence Tynes, RB Brandon Jacobs, CB Sam Madison, LB Jonathan Goff, T Adam Koets, DL Leger Douzable, DE Jerome McDougle, DT Fred Robbins

Cowboys: QB Brooks Bollinger, CB Adam Jones, S Courtney Brown, RB Alonzo Coleman, LB Steve Octavien, G Montrae Holland, G Joe Berger

Ex-Eagle gives Giants D a boost

September, 20, 2008

Posted by's Matt Mosley

 Joseph Labolito/
 Things didn't work out for Jerome McDougle in Philly.

It's fair to label defensive end Jerome McDougle a bust in Philly. The former first-round draft choice spent more time on the injury list than the field. But as cutdown day approached for the Eagles, some fans and at least one local beat writer (Les Bowen) thought the club should give him one last shot.

That didn't happen, but the New York Giants gave him a safe landing spot. As Jenny Vrentas points out in the Star-Ledger, McDougle has been a nice addition to the team's rotation at defensive end. His presence is part of the reason defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo can still afford to move Justin Tuck up and down the line.

The fact that McDougle and Spagnuolo worked together in Philadelphia has made it a relatively smooth transition. But the biggest factor in the acquisition is that GM Jerry Reese loves taking chances on players who have something to prove. Especially if they don't cost much. McDougle knows better than anyone what his reputation in Philly is, and I think he'll use it as motivation.

The Beast Report: Giants (expanded) edition

September, 4, 2008

Posted by's Matt Mosley

  • Paul Schwartz of the New York Post talks about the Giants' title defense. Interesting thoughts from longtime tight ends coach Mike Pope, who has an acute awareness of the obstacles the Jints will face.
  • Post columnist Mike Vaccaro says that Eli's already the toast of the town. Now, it's about building a legacy. This is all a little much for my taste, but hey, it's the first game of the season. A little hyperbole should be allowed.
  • The New York Times' The Fifth Down blog contains an excerpt from writer KC Joyner's new book. KC describes why he thinks left tackles are somewhat overrated.

Breaking down the Eagles' practice squad

September, 1, 2008

Posted by's Matt Mosley

Daily News beat writer Les Bowen does a nice job breaking down the Eagles' practice squad -- if you're into that sort of thing. Kudos to Les for banging the drum on this Jerome McDougle-to-New York scenario for the past couple of weeks. It came to fruition Sunday, and I think the Eagles will regret the move.

Why would you ever want to help an NFC East rival? They had to know the Giants would be waiting for McDougle.

I do think the Eagles were pleased that cornerback Kyle Arrington made it through waivers and back on the practice squad. Fullback Jed Collins quickly became a fan favorite, and it wouldn't surprise me if he ends up playing for the Eagles at some point. For him to get on the big squad, he has to become a better special teams player.

Here's the rest of the practice squad:

LB Andy Studebaker

CB Trae Williams

WR Shaheer McBride

DT Mike Marquardt

OT Chris Patrick

WR Willie Reid

It's official: McDougle is a Giant

August, 31, 2008

Posted by's Matt Mosley

As we predicted Saturday, the New York Giants wasted no time signing Eagles castoff Jerome McDougle to a one-year, $1 million contract. McDougle, the 15th overall pick in 2003, had been a huge disappointment for Philadelphia.

 Joseph Labolito/
 The Giants hope Jerome McDougle can give them some depth along the defensive line.

But he's coming off the best training camp of his career, and the Eagles were actually banged up at the defensive end position. Oh, and one of the healthy defensive ends is Darren Howard, who is capable of disappearing for long periods of time -- on the field.

McDougle had 2.5 sacks in the preseason and didn't miss any practice due to injury. The Eagles, apparently, tried to secure a draft pick for McDougle, but didn't receive any interest.

This was a no-brainer decision for the Giants, which the Eagles had to know. Former Eagles assistant Steve Spagnuolo is now the defensive coordinator for the Giants and he's worked with McDougle in the past. In the absence of Osi Umenyiora, the Giants wanted to land a versatile player.

McDougle (6-foot-2, 264 pounds) will play mostly at defensive end, but he can also move inside on passing downs. This is the perfect signing for Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese. They love players who have something to prove -- especially if that player wants to prove it to a team they play twice.

"He's a defensive end and he's a pass rusher," Coughlin said. "He can fit in the rotation, he can be a part of any third-down package and any second-and-long package we have. And he gives us some flexibility and versatility [inside and outside] with a player. We're constantly trying to upgrade and obviously in this situation, some attention had to be spent on the defensive end spot. We think this is going to be a real good investment for us."

The Eagles finally decided to cut their losses with McDougle. We'll see if they did it a year too early.

Here's Les Bowen's take in the Daily News' Eagletarian blog. And for the record, the New York Daily News broke this story.