The Eagles decided to trade down in the first round, sending the 22nd overall pick to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the 26th overall pick and the Browns’ third-round pick. The Browns used the 22nd pick to select quarterback Johnny Manziel.
It was a good move by Howie Roseman, who slid back only four spots in the first round while picking up a valuable additional third-round pick in such a deep draft.
The Eagles then surprised everyone by selecting Marcus Smith at 26.
Smith played a lot of defensive end in college, but will likely be asked to move to linebacker in the Eagles’ 3-4 system. The team needed some pass-rushing help at outside linebacker, and they hope that Smith will be able to give that to them.
The move likely means that Brandon Graham’s days with the Eagles are numbered.
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.
There’s one thing that makes think a little positive of this pick is when I compare it to Seattle’s selection of Bruce Irvin in the first round several years ago. At the time of the pick, many laughed at Seattle for reaching way too high for a guy that they could have had later as well. How has that pick been working out? Irvin has established himself as a solid pass rusher on the league’s top defense.
That’s not to say that I’m on board with the pick, but rather its just to point out that it may not be as much of a reach as we may initially believe.