After trading the 22nd pick to the Cleveland Browns, who selected Johnny Manziel, the Eagles elected to pass on Marqise Lee and Jordan Matthews, and pull one of the biggest surprises of the first-round by selecting Louisville’s Marcus Smith.
For those of you who said, “Who the hell is that” or thought that Roger Goodell was mispronouncing Marqise, you weren’t in the minority.
While I knew of Smith, words can’t describe the shock that went through my mind when Roger Goodell called his name.
In college, he could get to the quarterback with his hand in the ground and playing at defensive-end, or lining up at outside-linebacker, which he will likely be doing under Billy Davis’ 3-4 system.
Smith did rack up 14.5 sacks last year, but the fact that he wasn’t exactly ranked as a very strong end or linebacker, leads you to think he isn’t going to be an immediate impact player.
This by far, is the most puzzling pick that the Eagles have made since Danny Watkins, which didn’t exactly work out too well. I just don’t understand why the Eagles didn’t trade back if they were intent on taking him, because I don’t get the sense he was on anyone else’s radar for the first day of the draft.
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