Maclin's been very good but has Nicks been better? Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
Way back in 2009, the Philadelphia Eagles were coming off another NFC Championship game loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Brian Westbrook had an injury-plagued year, Brian Dawkins, Jon Runyan and Tra Thomas were let go and they were armed with two first round draft picks.
The Eagles traded one of those first-rounders to acquire Jason Peters, a move everyone will agree worked out. But that wasn’t the only move the Eagles made in the first round.
The Eagles packaged the 21st pick with a sixth-rounder to move up to 19. They ultimately moved up to select wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. It is hard to believe, but even in wide receiver-crazed Philadelphia, fans were stunned by the move.
Maclin was a small, speedy receiver, but the Eagles already had similar players in DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis. Many fans wanted tight end Brandon Pettigrew, and some wanted another wide receiver. Hakeem Nicks.
According to rep...