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Eagle surprise everyone, draft Marcus Smith

Marcus Smith the surprising first round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles
Marcus Smith the surprising first round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles

Marcus Smith who?

A question on the minds and especially the lips of many Eagles fans around the Delaware Valley and beyond.

Marcus Smith is a 6' 3", 251 lb outside linebacker from the Louisville, Cardinals. He started his college career as a quarterback but later was switched to defense. Smith can run the 40 yard dash: 4.68

Via CBS Sports

"Physical, reliable tackler who wraps his arms securely and arrives with a thud. Good strength to rip away at the ball while making the tackle."

Via CBS Sports

"Too often gets caught up in the hand-fighting at the line of scrimmage. A bit stiff in his midsection, showing only fair ability to bend and explode around the corner and may not possess preferred straight-line speed."

What the fans and locals are saying:

"I though they needed a wide receiver," chirped one patron at a local Reading convenience store.

"What were they thinking?" Was the running commentary on local sports talk radio.

According to Gary Cobb in a statement about the draft pick posted in his website, "Shocking, to say the least. Its nice to see the Eagles address the defense, but this was a guy that they could have had much later."

Leading up to the draft the Eagles fans had it drilled into their heads from Roseman and Kelly that the Eagles would take, "The best player possible...when it is our turn we'll always take the best possible."

Taking Marcus Smith with the 26th pick, after trading away the 22nd pick to Cleveland, was not the best player at the time, and was clearly the Eagles drafting for need.

What Chip Kelly said:

"We're excited. He's a tough, hard‑nosed football player. A little bit new to the position. Maybe a similar situation to Lane [Johnson] in terms of you're getting a guy that is a huge upside because he hasn't played the position that long"

Hopefully Smith will jump in and help to improve the Eagles 3-4 defense during the 2014 NFL season. If not the team will need to score a lot of points with a new wide receiver who will hopefully come tonight in the 2nd or 3rd round of the draft.

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