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Pompei: Reid One Of League's Best QB Evaluators

In 2001, the Eagles used a fifth-round pick on a quarterback who didn't even start his senior year of college in A.J. Feeley. One year later, Feeley was thrown into the fire as the starting quarterback because of injuries and helped the Eagles secure homefield advantage in the playoffs.

Former Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia revived his career in Philadelphia in 2006 taking over as the starter due to injury and rallying the team from a 5-6 record to a 10-6 finish and the NFC East title.

And now, arguably his best work of all, Reid has resurrected the career of superstar Michael Vick, who was out of the league for two seasons, considered someone who could never be a pocket quarterback and is now one of the elite players at his position. Behind Vick is Kevin Kolb, a former top draft pick, who is on the wish list of many teams right now, but due to the labor situation cannot be traded.

Needless to say, Reid has been outstanding in his career at discovering and developing quarterback talent. Dan Pompei of the National Football Post listed Reid as one of the six preeminent quarterback gurus in the National Football League.

"The Eagles currently have more quarterback talent on their roster than any team in football with Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb and Mike Kafka. That is a testament to Reid. In the most important decision of his career, he chose Donovan McNabb over Akili Smith, Daunte Culpepper and Cade McNown, and probably would have chosen McNabb over Tim Couch if he had been picking ahead of the Browns," Pompei wrote. "Reid found a late round gem in A.J. Feeley. When he was in Green Bay, Reid was the man who pushed for Matt Hasselbeck to be drafted."

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