PHILADELPHIA -- The No. 8 pick in the NFL draft is a crapshoot, just like pretty much every other pick.
The Philadelphia Eagles had the No. 8 pick in the first round of the 1991 draft. They used it on an offensive tackle named Antone Davis. He proved to be a bust.
Two years later, the New Orleans Saints used the No. 8 pick on an offensive tackle. Willie Roaf went to the Hall of Fame.
Since 2000, there have been more misses than hits at the No. 8 pick, although the jury hasn’t even begun deliberating on some of the more recent ones. From 2002 to 2006, every No. 8 pick went to multiple Pro Bowls. In the decade since, no No. 8 pick has been selected for a single Pro Bowl.
Here are the No. 8 picks of this millennium:
2000: Wide receiver Plaxico Burress, Pittsburgh. He later wound up with the New York Giants (and then prison after accidentally shooting himself in the leg with an illegal gun). In 11 seasons, Burress caught 553 passes for 8,499 yards and 64 touchdowns. The Chicago Bears took Brian Urlacher with the ninth pick, but ultimately: Good pick.
2001: Wide receiver David Terrell, Chicago. The Bears didn’t get as lucky the following year. Terrell had a disappointing career, catching a total of 128 passes for 1,602 yards and nine touchdowns. That’s a great season but a mediocre career. Bad pick.
2002: Safety Roy Williams, Dallas. Williams had 20 interceptions and went to five Pro Bowls. He also prompted the league to outlaw horse-collar tackles after using one to break Terrell Owens' leg in 2004. Good pick.
2003: Offensive tackle Jordan Gross, Carolina. Baltimore took Terrell Suggs at No. 10. Seattle got Marcus Trufant at No. 11. But Gross did go to three Pro Bowls as an offensive lineman. Good pick.
2004: Defensive back DeAngelo Hall, Atlanta. Hall is a three-time Pro Bowl who scored a touchdown against the Eagles late in the 2015 season. Ben Roethlisberger went at No. 11, but Hall remains: Good pick.
2006: Defensive back Donte Whitner, Buffalo. Another three-time Pro Bowler. Good pick.
2007: Defensive end Jamaal Anderson, Atlanta. The run of multiple Pro Bowls ends here, as Anderson finished his career with 7.5 sacks. Bad pick.
2008: Defensive end Derrick Harvey, Jacksonville. Harvey had eight career sacks, so he was a tiny bit better than Anderson. Still: Bad pick.
2009: Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, Jacksonville. The Jaguars found themselves right back in the top 10. They took Monroe instead of B.J. Raji and Michael Crabtree. Monroe has started 93 NFL games, most recently with Baltimore. Good pick.
2011: Quarterback Jake Locker, Tennessee. This is what the Eagles do not want to happen to them with the eighth pick. Blaine Gabbert, who went 10th, is a better QB. And the 11th pick was a fellow named J.J. Watt. Bad pick.
2012: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Miami. This is what could happen to the Eagles. Tannehill is a solid quarterback and still could blossom as an elite quarterback. Even with Luke Kuechly at No. 9 and Fletcher Cox at No. 12, you’d have to conclude: Good pick.
2013: Wide receiver Tavon Austin, St. Louis. He has caught 123 passes for 1,133 yards and nine TDs. He’s a very good return man. Not a great pick, but not a bad one, either. Good pick.
2014: Defensive back Justin Gilbert, Cleveland. He has his career ahead of him, but Gilbert has started just three games in his two seasons. Throw in the fact that Odell Beckham Jr. went four picks later and there’s only one conclusion: Bad pick.
2015: Linebacker Vic Beasley, Atlanta. The Falcons probably could have used Todd Gurley, who went 10th overall to the Rams. But it’s too early to reach any conclusions about Beasley. He had four sacks and an interception as a rookie, so let’s go with: Good pick.