By now the Philadelphia Eagles' first round selection of Marcus Smith has been discussed at length. Some fans are still upset with the Eagles' choice and they have made it known. Smith is aware of the fan disappointment and his message to the fan base is simple:
"Sit back and relax."
That's probably not too much to ask of Philadelphia fans, right? Well, maybe not. But he's right. As I said earlier in the day, it's nearly pointless to rush to conclusions before Smith gets the chance to show what he can do. Now, I am not suggesting people aren't allowed to be disappointed. It's no secret that not everyone is agreeable. That said, it's only fair to give Smith a chance before the labels of "bust" and "wasted pick" and "reach" get out of control. Relax.
More highlights from Smith's introductory press conference below.
Marcus Smith says last day has been "a dream come true."— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) May 9, 2014
Smith said he hadn't played defense since Pop Warner before he switched from QB at Louisville.— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) May 9, 2014
Smith says he feels he truly felt like a defender after his switch to QB once he got that "killer instinct" #Eagles— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) May 9, 2014
Smith: I didn't like how I was playing QB at the time. Coach came to me at the right time. (Felt he was buried on depth chart).— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) May 9, 2014
Smith: I think I needed to get my legs stronger-when transitioning from QB. I weight 217, now I weigh 255. My playing weight is 250-255.— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardo975) May 9, 2014
Smith on playing defense: "Everything you do has to be violent. I had to be a very violent player" #Eagles— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) May 9, 2014
Smith says his biggest strength is pass rush, would like to improve on setting a stronger edge in the run game.— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) May 9, 2014
Smith came to Philly with no luggage. He's flying back to Louisville tonight. He graduates tomorrow.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) May 9, 2014