The 1984Philadelphia Eagles season was their 52nd in the league. The team improved upon their previous output of 5–11, winning six games. Despite the improvement, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third straight season.
The 1984 NFL Draft was held May 1–2, 1984. It was 12 rounds held over 2 days and televised by ESPN in great detail. A month later with the folding of the USFL there would be a draft for players that no NFL team had the rights to.
While the Eagles finished the 1983 NFL season with a record of 5–11 and in fourth place in the NFC East Division they would always get the 4th pick in the 12 rounds of the draft. Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Oilers at 2–12 and the New York Giants at 3–13 would have a worse record. It would be one of the most power balanced years.
The New England Patriots (from Tampa Bay through Cincinnati) had the first draft pick. They selected Irving Fryar a Wide Receiver from the University of Nebraska. As was practiced during the last couple years teams would try and sign players to contracts before they drafted them. Once a team agreed with a player the next team in line could now do the same.
The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had that were traded away and the team that ended up with that pick. It is possible the Eagles' pick ended up with this team via another team that the Eagles made a trade with.
Not shown are acquired picks that the Eagles traded away.
This is known as the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft of USFL and CFL Players.
This draft was held June 5th 1984. These were players that were not drafted by an NFL team. In an attempt to head off a bidding war in its own ranks for USFL and CFL players. NFL teams chose 84 players from 224 available during the three-round selection meeting. Many of the big name USFL players were ineligible for the draft because their rights were already owned by NFL clubs.
Still 3 of the first 4 players selected would become NFL Hall Of Famers. These players signed with the USFL before the NFL could draft them. Some teams took a chance and drafted players still so they had their NFL rights, The Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, suspecting that the USFL was not going to last, acquired Walker's NFL rights by drafting him in the fifth round of the 1985 NFL Draft.