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 the newest Eagle.
1. Smith is a good pass rusher and has a lot of potential. Easily the Eagles’ biggest need, upgrading the pass rush this early is key. Smith won’t be asked to play Superman right away, but with a few years of development could turn in to something special.
2. For the second straight year, the Eagles took a former high school quarterback with their top pick. Along with Smith, right tackle Lane Johnson — the No. 4 overall pick in 2013 — was also a high school quarterback.
3. He had 14.5 sacks last year. Uh, yeah, that’s a lot. Smith had gotten after the quarterback during his college career, and will now make a living out of it.
4. Smith was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school. For a kid who wound up going in the first round of the NFL draft, that’s pretty impressive.
5. Smith wasn’t projected to go this high. My many accounts, he was viewed as a second round pick at the earliest, fourth round pick at the latest. It may sound like a reach, but give Chip and Howie the benefit of the doubt. They should know what they’re talking about more than anyone.