When ex-Saints coach Mike Ditka was offering his entire draft to move into the top five for Ricky Williams in 1999, Reid opted to stay put and draft Donovan McNabb at No. 2 overall.
Reid was confident that McNabb would be a star. Just as important, he understood there was no guarantee the Eagles would be picking high enough in the next draft to land a quarterback capable of turning his franchise around.
This isn't a case of Reid turning the screw on Philadelphia fans, ruining Chip Kelly's chance to land Mariota. After spending time with Mariota at Oregon's pro day, Whisenhunt realized the perceptions of Mariota as a runner or "system quarterback" simply weren't true.
On the other hand, there's a horror story to match Reid's acumen in holding the line on McNabb.
Whereas Smith bottomed out as one of the most notable draft busts in NFL history, he believes the latest Ducks star is an "absolutely flawless" prospect.