Speaking of DeVonta Smith, he too is facing a great deal of pressure heading into his rookie season. Smith is the most decorated wide receiver in college football history, and the Philadelphia Eagles fanbase has been starved of a true star at WR since DeSean Jackson departed the city back during the Chip Kelly days.
While placing such lofty expectations on a guy who’s yet to take a single snap in the NFL may feel a tad extreme, the Eagles went out of their way to draft Smith in the top-10 of this year’s draft, going against the grain as many thought he was simply too skinny to warrant such a high selection.
Roseman traded up with the Dallas Cowboys of all teams to land Smith (a deal with the devil), simultaneously passing on the likes of QB Justin Fields, a player who could develop into a franchise arm for the Chicago Bears in the near future.
There’s typically a learning curve when it comes to rookie wide receivers, but as we all saw with Justin Jefferson this past regular season, the truly great ones have a way of making an impact as soon as day one. The pressure is undoubtedly on Smith to look like a top-10 caliber player rather early in his NFL career.