The Eagles traded up with the Dallas Cowboys to get the 10th pick of the NFL Draft. For the 10th pick the Eagles gave up their 12th pick and their 3rd round pick this year too.
But with the 10th pick, the Eagles selected wide receiver DeVonta Smith out of Alabama. In 2020 Smith recorded 117 receptions, 1,856 yards, and 23 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide helping them win the national championship. He will also be reunited with former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Well there actually are things to not like about Smith but they are far and few between. Unfortunately, you have to at least question the weight of DeVonta Smith. It is definitely a concern and may be the reason he falls to the Eagles at 12. Per NFL analyst Greg Cosell, there have been numerous times that Smith has lined up at the X receiver and the corner has squeezed him to the sideline in both 2019 and 2020 film tapes. If he is being physically pushed out at the College level then its likely the same happens at the NFL Level.
There is no debating the season we just saw from Heisman Trophy Winner, DeVonta Smith. He has been surrounded by great receivers his whole career at Alabama and has emerged as one of the best ever. His attention to detail and competitive toughness will continue to help him overcome any size issue at the NFL level.
The speed is explosive and he tracks the ball very well. He is one of the best at the college level to finish at the catch point with outstanding body control. The contested catches show he plays much bigger then his size. Steve Sarkisian’s Pro-style offense moved him around in multiple spots of the formation. Did I mention the sure hands?
That is music to any Eagles fans ear. I don’t know how you can’t be happy with the selection of DeVonta Smith. It will be up to the Eagles coaching staff to move him around the formation and get him in space to be successful.
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-Eric Williamson – Writer for Edge of Philly Sports
Eric Williamson is the host of the Union podcast Full Time Philly and also contrinutes to many of the Union coverage. He is a huge fan of all the 4 major Philly teams on top of music too.