Heading into last night's NFL draft, many anticipated the Eagles first round selection to be either be a wide receiver or secondary player. As many of the names we have all heard bandied about (Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Calvin Pryor, Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham) came off the board, it became evident that the possibility of a move or surprise was increasing. We got both.
The Birds traded down, acquiring an extra third round pick from the Browns, and then picked outside linebacker/edge rusher Marcus Smith at number 26. According to CBS Sports, Smith's strengths include good initial quickness out of the three-point stance and the power to effectively push opponents into the pocket on the bull rush. According to my buddy Frank his weaknesses include: nobody ever heard of him and he played against UConn and Temple.
Frank's sentiments were echoed by many who felt the pick a reach. In a humorous turn of events, this also-confused Birds fan who attended the festivities at Radio City Music Hall has become an internet phenomenon of sorts overnight.
My take: I say we all relax, trust in Chip, and give young Marcus a chance. With Mychal Kendrick's emergence, DeMeco Ryans's reliability, and Connor Barwin's versatility I think there's a chance Smith slides into a vital-- and manageable-- role this season. That extra pick is huge in a deep draft, and our pass rush was butt last season.