A shocker gives Louisville their second player taken in the first round for the first time in School history. The story of Marcus Smith is a beauty. He came to Louisville as a QB and left as a NFL defensive end who was 2nd in the NCAA in sacks in 2013. Marcus Smith was selected 26th by the Philadelphia Eagles. Yes, before Teddy Bridgewater heard his name called in the New York City.
“You could say it’s a little early but I like this pick,” Mike Mayock said of the pick.
You gotta think Marcus Smith has some extremely high potential. At 6-4, 251 pounds, Smith is fast enough to stand up in the 3-4 defense that the Eagles play and he’s truly played the defensive end position for one year. In that one year he recorded a Top 3 NCAA Best 14.5 sacks.
It was thought that Marcus Smith would be a second to third round pick, but clearly the Eagles liked what they saw and decided to pull the trigger. Marcus Smith will have a chance to see the field. Not only because of his talent but because the cupboard is going to get quite bare for the Eagles. You have a Trent Cole who is simply getting old and his output is slowing because of it. The Eagles will be looking to replace him at some point.
The only problem with Smith at the next level may be they he may have to play out of position. With his body type and speed that comes with you would think that Smith would be better at the linebacker spot in the NFL. The good thing for Smith? He’s a quick learner and has shown the capacity to pick up new positions quickly.
It will be interesting to see where Marcus Smith fits in best in Philly. He’ll get the freedom to get multiple position looks though. That can only increase his likelihood of seeing the field. Chip Kelly is going to turn Smith loose on Quarterbacks.
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