The Philadelphia Eagles' 2011 draft is shaping up to be one of the worst in former coach Andy Reid's 14 years with the team.
Minutes after claiming cornerback Shaun Prater off waivers from Cincinnati Sunday, the Eagles waived/injured cornerback Curtis Marsh, their third-round draft pick from 2011.
Marsh's departure meant that the Eagles' top three draft choices from that year- guard Danny Watkins (first round), safety Jaiquawn Jarrett (second) and Marsh - were all released after no more than two regular seasons. The Eagles released Watkins on Saturday.
Of the 11 players drafted by Reid that season, only four - backup linebacker Casey Matthews (fourth round), place-kicker Alex Henery (fourth), backup center Julian Vandervelde (fifth), starting center Jason Kelce (sixth) - are still with the team.
The Eagles added Prater to provide some sorely needed depth to the secondary. Marsh and Brandon Hughes both suffered broken hands during the preseason, leaving Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams, Brandon Boykin and rookie Jordan Poyer as their only healthy cornerbacks.
Prater, who is 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, was a fifth-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2012 after a standout career at the University of Iowa, but he spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Prater is among four former Iowa Hawkeyes on the Eagles' active roster, joining Fletcher, Vandervelde and rookie offensive lineman Matt Tobin. The Eagles also have four former University of Cincinnati players: tight end Brent Celek, linebackers Connor Barwin and Trent Cole, and Kelce.
Also Sunday, the Eagles signed offensive tackle Michael Bamiro, linebacker Travis Long, wide receiver Greg Salas and running back Matthew Tucker to their practice squad. They have four more spots to fill.
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