With the Eagles' 2009 season now complete, the team's attention turns to free agency and the 2010 NFL draft. The Eagles now know that they own the 24th overall pick in the first round, which might sound like a middle-of-the-road spot to be in. But a brief look at the recent No. 24 picks in the draft shows that not only can the Eagles pick up a significant contributor, they could be in line to pick up a future star.
Over the last eight years, six of the players drafted at 24 have become Pro Bowlers, and the run of success over that time period is astounding.
2009 - DT Peria Jerry- Jerry started the first two games of the season for the Atlanta Falcons before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
2008 - RB Chris Johnson - The blazing running back topped 2,000 yard rushing in 2009 and was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
2007 - S Brandon Meriweather - The Patriots' starting strong safety, Meriweather was named to his first Pro Bowl this season.
2006 - CB Johnathan Joseph- Part of one of the best cornerback duos in football, Joseph recorded six interceptions in 2009.
2005 - QB Aaron Rodgers- One of the best quarterbacks in the game, Rodgers led the Packers to the playoffs in his second year as starter.
2004 - RB Steven Jackson- Perhaps the league's most consistent rusher since he entered the league, Jackson has topped 1,000 rushing yards each of the past five years.
2003 - TE Dallas Clark- The league's most prolific pass-catching tight end, Clark caught 100 balls in 2009 en route to his first Pro Bowl.
2002 -S Ed Reed - A starter since day one of his career, the six-time Pro Bowler is considered by some to be the game's best defensive player.
Going back all the way to 1990, 10 of the past 20 players taken No. 24 overall have gone on to become Pro Bowl players. Of course, past success doesn't necessarily indicate future spoils, but recent history is certainly on the Eagles' side this year.
For a look at all the picks the Eagles own in the 2010 NFL draft, visit our draft central.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 2:01 p.m., January 13