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Josh Huff, reaching, get it? Photo: fishduck.com
The Eagles have made three picks in the draft so far: OLB Marcus Smith, WR Jordan Matthews and WR Josh Huff. Matthews was the only player selected where he was supposed to be, per the majority of draft analysts and “experts.”
Smith was mostly viewed as, at best, a second-rounder and Huff was seen as a fourth or fifth rounder.
I’ll admit that I’ve been somewhat caught up in the notion that the Eagles “reached” when making those selections. All we’ve heard for the past four months is how they will take the best available player when their turn comes.
Were Smith and Huff truly the best available when they were picked?
Therein lies the funny thing about this: perception.
It’s no secret that teams grade players differently. They grade them based on what they see in general as an overall player as well as how they match up with what their team is looking for.
It’s been said that Chip Kelly prefers specific kinds of players. He describes...
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The Philadelphia Eagles took Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews with the No. 42 overall pick, and former Oregon wideout Josh Huff with the No. 86 selection. Both possess varying skill-sets, but are expected to contribute as the Eagles’ No. 3 and No. 4 receivers, respectively.
Here are their highlight tapes, starting with Matthews’. Both tapes are courtesy of NFL Draft Geek.
When the Eagles used Day 1 to trade down then select defense, everyone knew a receiver was coming on Day 2. And the Eagles did just that.
What we didn't know was that the Eagles would take three picks, turn them into two and select two wide receivers on the second day of the Draft.
The Eagles selected wide receivers Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff on Friday, adding two new names...
Who is Marcus Smith? That was the burning question following the Eagles selection at pick 26.
The Eagles had several defensive voids to fill, including pass rusher. By the Eagles initial pick at 22, both potential saftey selections were off the board. So was the best corner. So was Anthony Barr and C.J. Mosely.
So the Eagles selected Smith as a pass rusher from the edge.
At the conclusion of the 2013 season, the Philadelphia Eagles were in possession of the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. Johnny Manziel ended up going 22nd overall… to the Browns.
Instead the Eagles traded back to 26 and scooped up an extra third-round pick from Cleveland in doing so. They used that No. 26 overall pick to select Louisville DE/OLB Marcus Smith...
This came out of left field.
With the 26th pick in this year’s draft, the Eagles selected Louisville’s Marcus Smith, who played defensive end in college but projects as a 3-4 pass-rushing linebacker in the NFL.
Smith was widely projected as an early second-round pick. He’s the first linebacker the Eagles have drafted in the first round since Jerry Robinson out of UCLA in...
With the 26th overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Eagles selected Louisville DE/OLB Marcus Smith.
I’m not sure a lot of people saw this one coming. We all knew how big of a need a pass rusher was for the Eagles, but we also knew that there were not a lot of talented pass rushers available in the first round. After Anthony Barr came off the board early, it didn’t look all that...
Eagles fans seem to never like the picks that their team makes. Tonight was no different when they selected Marcus Smith DE out of Louisville when Marquis Lee WR out of USC was still on the board.
This fan hit a mini struggle face at their selection.
After "reaching" for DE/OLB Marcus Smith with their first-round pick at 26 - a trade down from the original 22 - the Eagles went the other direction in the second round.
The Eagles swapped picks with the Tennessee Titans to move up to pick 42 and drafted wide receiver Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt.
Matthews provides size for the Eagles at receiver at 6'3", 212...
The Eagles entered Friday’s with a second round pick and two picks in the third round. However, they traded one of their picks in the third round and ended up with one pick in the second round and one in the third.
Many people expected the Eagles to take a wide receiver in the first round. When Marqise Lee was on the board in the first round at 22nd overall, many thought he’d...
Howie Roseman gave Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis a new toy, adding Louisville DE Marcus Smith with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Chip Kelly and Co. certainly did their homework on Smith, who came in for a pre-draft workout and visit. He wasn’t projected to go high, but it doesn’t matter anymore.
Here are five things you need to know about...
After trading out of the No. 22 overall selection with the Cleveland Browns, the Philadelphia Eagles settled in at No. 26 while also picking up an additional third round pick. With their first round pick, the Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly selected Louisville DE Marcus Smith. Smith is projected as a 3-4 OLB in the NFL.
Here are a few quick reactions from Eagles fans on the selection...
The Eagles target at wide receiver on Day 2 may not be Cody Latimer or Marqise Lee after all.
The Eagles may have a wide receiver target that is a bit off-the-radar. The Eagles really like Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews, a source tells Bleeding Green Nation. Matthews is among the plethora of receiver talent available in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Day one is in the books. The Eagles went out and got a pass rusher in Marcus Smith in the first round. Some will argue that this was a bit of the reach for the Eagles while some will say the Eagles had him ranked high on their board and it made sense. Regardless, Smith is in an Eagle and their are six picks left to be made.
Whether or not you think their first pick was a good move...
Marcus Smith – DE Louisville, 6’3″, 251 LBS, 34″ Arm Length
Drafted Round 1, Pick 26, Philadelphia Eagles
Combine Results: 4.68 Forty | 35.0″ Vertical Jump | 121″ Broad Jump
Played as a QB in high school, converted to line backer as a true freshman, then switched to defensive end in 2011 as a sophomore.
2013 AAC Defensive Player of the Year
Averaged 1.12 Sack a game...
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Defensive end Marcus Smith had a sensational senior season for the Louisville Cardinals in 2013 and was one of the nation’s sack leaders. After watching Smith over the past two years, I think it was obvious that he would be playing on Sunday’s at some point.
That said, I’d be lying if I said he’d be a first round pick. Simply for the fact that he’s...