The Philadelphia Eagles selected West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood with the No. 153 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Smallwood is native of Wilmington, Delaware and he grew up as an Eagles fan.
Shortly after being drafted, it was pointed out how Smallwood has some character concerns. Also, some ... unfavorable ... old tweets that he tweeted five years ago, when he was 17 years old, resurfaced and caused a stir. He later deleted his account. Smallwood drove up from Wilmington to Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon to talk to address the media. He maintained his innocence regarding the arrest and owed up to his mistakes when it came to the tweets.
Here are some more reactions to Smallwood being drafted by the Eagles.
Wendell Smallwood, an Eagles' 5th-round pick, said he's been an Eagles fan his whole life.— Josh Paunil (@JoshPaunil) April 30, 2016
Likely fills "big play threat" role at RB. https://t.co/RaLY4DbJ2f— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 30, 2016
Wendell Smallwood is a solid pick. Impressed me on game tape and also at the Combine. Not huge, but tough and productive.— Tommy Lawlor (@lawlornfl) April 30, 2016
Really productive, very underrated as a receiver - can run real routes, get open. Goes down a little too easy https://t.co/KWNGwX02Yv— Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) April 30, 2016
Smallwood is a good fit for this offense. Good receiver, gets thru whole quickly, not going to break many tackles, but really good burst.— Bea O'Problem (@Randyljobst) April 30, 2016
Wendell Smallwood quick feet https://t.co/WAdppNiA6I— Conor Myles (@MylesSheet) April 30, 2016
Wendell Smallwood gained 5+ yards before contact on 27% of his carries, the highest percentage in the draft class.— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 30, 2016
April 30, 2016
So this is Skyler Howard spitting in Wendell Smallwood's glove.. #TeammateGoals https://t.co/vYjEZqs2We— WVU (@StrictlyWVU) November 7, 2015
2015 Wendell Smallwood VS Baylor https://t.co/KnOM3JT8v6— Russell Clay (@RussellJClay) February 16, 2016