Eagles Drafted Ainias Smith, WR Texas A&M

With the 152nd pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select Ainias Smith, a wide receiver from Texas A&M. Smith, who turns 23 in May, spent five years in college. He missed most of the 2022 season with a leg injury. He’s on the smaller side at 5’9”, 190 pounds.

After signing extensions for both of them, the Eagles are set with their top two receivers, A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. The picture behind them is less clear. Former Eagles WR3 Quez Watkins was not retained after struggling the past two years. Smith could compete with the likes of Parris Campbell, Britain Covey, and DeVante Parker for playing time, specifically in the slot. Ainias also brings some punt/kick-returning experience to the table.

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Christian Kirk was A&M’s most recently drafted receiver. He was a second-round selection in 2018. In his A&M career, Smith accumulated 180 receptions, 2,407 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also averaged 10.2 yards on 82 punt returns. Smith returned punts for touchdowns against South Carolina in 2021 and against Arkansas this season.

Smith caught 16 passes for 190 yards in his freshman season. However, depth issues resulted in his moving to running back for the Texas Bowl. He rushed for 54 yards on seven carries in a 24-21 victory over Oklahoma State. As a sophomore, he opened the 2020 season as the Aggies’ starting running back. He rushed for 51 yards on 10 carries and scored a touchdown in a 17-12 victory over Vanderbilt.

However, Isaiah Spiller rushed for 117 yards in that game, enabling Smith to shift back to receiver. As a full-time receiver, he caught 43 passes for 564 yards and six touchdowns in 2020. The next season, he had 47 catches for 509 yards and six touchdowns. Last season, he had only 15 catches for 291 yards and two touchdowns before the injury against Arkansas. However, he returned this season to catch 53 passes for 795 yards and two touchdowns.

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