Eagles Reached For Marcus SmithBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Friday, May 9th, 2014
After watching Ha Ha Clinton-Dix go one spot ahead of us, the Eagles moved back, acquired a third round pick, and the wait for our first round selection was put on hold.
At pick #26, Marquis Lee was there for the taking, a few other names could have been acceptable, but not the choice to draft Smith.
This was a reach, not a mere “few picks,” but a minimum of a round, maybe two.
There is no excuse for drafting a guy who is a situational player that you “hope” can start in this league. Plenty of higher graded outside linebackers were available if you were looking for that edge rusher, and could have been selected in the second round.
The Eagles could have traded out of round 1, and maybe round 2 and still have selected Smith. Kelly acknowledged that Smith was their guy at pick #22, maybe Chip should stick to picking offensive players.
This is not a move reminiscent of a franchise looking to inch closer to a Super Bowl. To hear Chip “blush” about the “measurements” of Smith, a former quarterback who played a non-conventional role in college which led to his high sack total, this pick is “absurd.”
Eagle fans should be outraged about what took place in the first round of the 2014 draft. Witnessing the Saints willing to move up to take Cooks, trying to win now, I thought we shared that vision. What was Green Bay asking to move up one spot? I don’t care the price, we should have done it.
Denanrd at #22 would have been a solid move. Picking Lee, taking a chance with Benjamin, even help at defensive line would have been the way to go.
Moving back to acquire an additional pick after trading with the Browns will be overshadowed by the player we ended up selecting.
What can the Eagles do in day 2 of the draft with their now “3” selections that will redeem what many will feel as an “F” for their day one choice?
I don’t get it. There is nothing about this pick that I can agree with, accept and try to rationalize as a good move for this franchise.
I’m disappointed in Chip and Howie for misjudging where a guy like Marcus Smith would be selected. Even if they would have taken him in round 2, I would have been shocked.
This is not the start to the draft we envisioned. The extra two weeks of waiting, the prospect grades, mock drafts and projections and we end up with Marcus Smith?
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