Along with veteran guard Allen Barbre, the Eagles made a move that many have expected for sometime now. The team parted ways with former first-round pick, defensive end Marcus Smith.
When Smith was originally selected with the 26th overall pick in 2014, the move puzzled a lot of fans. Many analysts didn’t even have a third-round grade on Smith, and he certainly never did anything to prove them wrong.
Smith was a complete non-factor in his first two seasons with the team, and played sparingly in his third season. Last year was really his last chance to turn himself around and get things right, but he always looked like a guy that was just overmatched at the NFL level.
With the additions of Derek Barnett and Chris Long, there just wasn’t any need to see anymore of Smith. He had plenty of opportunities, and didn’t take advantage of single one. The writing on the wall for this inevitable move was pretty clear when Smith stayed away from the team’s spring workouts.
Smith finished his unremarkable Philadelphia career with a grand total of four sacks in three seasons. He’s easily the team’s biggest first-round bust since Danny Watkins.