It is no question that Marcus Smith's selection was sort of a shocker. In fact, it was a complete surprise. But unlike most, I am not too mad about the pick. Did we reach? Most definitely. The guy was a 2nd round prospect. But did we get a good guy? I say absolutely. Everybody talks about how he was a converted QB and still developing. That is all true. But to me, I look at the positives when it comes to Smith. He had 14.5 sacks last season, which was good for second in the entire FBS. He might not be ready to take over at OLB automatically, but in all honesty, he doesn't have to. I do think that Cole still has a couple of years left in him as a quality starter. Towards the end of the year, Cole started looking comfortable at his new position. But if you give Smith the opportunity to develop and play in pass situations, he could easily be Cole's successor at OLB. Smith's pure athleticism and pass rush skill, however, is what attracts me to this guy. Chip loves athletic players, and this guy is no exception. If Kelly can manage Smith well, he will be able to find a place for Smith in our system.
And the Manziel trade? I love it. It is no secret that we needed draft picks. We only had six going into the draft, and we got an extra 3rd round pick. If you look at the draft trade chart, Cleveland moving up from 26 to 22 would cost them about 60 "points". Well, pick #83 is worth 175. So in reality, we gained a the value of a late 3rd round pick for free.
Now let's look forward to Day 2. There is still some considerable talent left on the board at multiple positions. At WR, I'm expecting Lee to not be there at 54. Now I know that there are plenty of people that wanted him at 22. But personally, I am not too big of a fan. He had a poor season, and if Chip passed on a PAC-12 WR not once but twice, you know that there are some serious red flags to his game that we might not know about. But there are players like Allen Robinson, Cody Latimer, and Jordan Matthews on the board. I am especially high on Matthews. Tall receiver who can make plays and has sure hands.
Expect the 2nd round to be filled with a lot of linemen on both sides of the ball. There were some OLs like Su'a-Filo, Kouandijo, Moses, and Bitono that could have gone in the 1st left on the board. Players like Kony Ealy, Timmy Jernigan, DeMarcus Lawrence, RaShede Hageman, Stephon Tuitt, and Scott Crichton should go off the board in round 2. Two QBs will probably go early in the 2nd with Derek Carr and Jimmy Garrapolo. I also expect some moving around in this round, whether it is the Eagles or another team.
For the Eagles, I only see one real action plan. As previously mentioned, the WR pool in the 2nd round is deep. At this point, it is probably our top need and you could argue that a WR will end up being the best player available anyway at 54. And with the amount of teams that should be going for players in the trenches, I expect there to be some WRs left for the picking. At this point, all of the solid DBs that could have gone in round 2 are gone already: Jimmie Ward to SF, Bradley Roby to DEN, Deone Buchanan to ARI. Outside of those guys, I personally don't see a DB who can go in and make a difference immediately. Since we drafted pass rush in the 1st, I doubt that we will go it again in the 2nd. So unless a trade that is too good to be true presents itself, I would expect the Eagles to choose a WR. Anything else and I would be disappointed.
Come on, Howie. You already made a lot of the fanbase mad by drafting Smith in the 1st round. Don't make us even angrier.