Philadelphia Eagles select Louisville defensive end Marcus Smith with the 26th pick of the 2014 NFL draft.
Smith brings a nice blend and balance coupled with speed and agility. He has great pass-rush ability. He has a nice spin move reminiscent of Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin. Smith was the American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. Smith has proven he is coachable and Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis has proven he can get the best out of his players.
This could possibly be the most important pick in Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s NFL coaching career. With so many questions surrounding the Eagles new offense, the many holes in the defense it’s hard to determine which direction they will go.
After the departure of Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson many fans and sportscasters predicted the Eagles would go with a wide receiver with their first pick. But their many gaps in the defense it made sense for them to get a shut-down cornerback, safety or an outside linebacker to attack opposing teams’ quarterback.
The pressure is on the Eagles to combat New York Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham. With many of the excellent outside linebackers off the board by now their pick becomes more and more important.