The Eagles pick 13th in the NFL draft this spring, and will likely be targeting offensive lineman -- or possibly a quarterback.
It's excruciatingly hard to accurately access draft value until the pick is firmly in the rearview and the player's body of work is together toevaluate.
Twice the Eagles had pick 13, and both times the pick was solid -- in 2010 the Birds took Brandon Graham, who will be a key member of Philly'sfront seven next season and in 1988 they took Keith Jackson, a tight end who won NFC Rookie of the Year.
History shows the pick has not had too many home runs but has yielded a few solid football players.Here's a look at five other memorable times where No. 13 was lucky (or unlucky) for NFL teams:
Tony Gonzalez, 1997 Chiefs: Gonzalez is arguably the best tight end in football history, playing in 14 Pro Bowls and being selected All-Pro 10 times. He is the only tight end to catch over 1,000 passes and is fifth all-time in NFL receiving yards. He only recently retired, in 2013, and is a shoe-in to be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. He's by far the top No. 13 in NFL history.
Eric Metcalf, 1989 Browns: Metcalf was an offensive jack-of-all trades during 12 seasons in the NFL. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro and scored 12 return touchdowns. He is the third most successful return man in history behind Devin Hester and Brian Mitchell and was able to accumulate 2,392 rushing yards and 5,572 receiving yards.
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John Abraham, 2000 Jets: The 15-year veteran defensive tackle played most recently for the Cardinals in 2014, but was best known as a potent pass rusher as a member of the Jets and Falcons. He also had an eye for the ball, causing 46 fumbles in addition to 133.5 sacks. He made five Pro Bowls and is one of just 25 men to have more than 100 career sacks.
Takeo Spikes, 1998 Bengals: Spikes is another player Eagles fans know well, as he was with the team in 2007. Spikes started with Cincinnati but really broke through as a Bill, making Pro Bowls and All-Pro teams in 2003 and 2004. He finished his career with 1,423 tackles, 29 sacks, 19 interceptions and 15 forced fumbles as a feared linebacker who played for five different teams. Spikes is one of only sevenlinebackers to accumulate more than 200 career starts with the NFL.
Donte' Stallworth 2002 Saints: Eagles fans remember him as the "replacement" for Terrell Owens after the Birds acquired the wideout in exchange for Mark Simoneau and a fourth round pick. He had 725 receiving yards in one season with the Birds before playing for Patriots, Browns, Ravens, Redskins, Patriots again and Redskins again. He was at his best during his first four seasons in New Orleans.
The 13th pick has been particularly fruitful, with the three of the last four picks turning out to be very valuable assets:
2015: Andrus Pete, OT, Saints
2014: Aaron Donald, DT, Rams
2013: Sheldon Richardson, DTJets
2012 Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals