Making Sense of Philadelphia Eagles' Marcus Smith Selection

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Chip Kelly Knows Who He Wants Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

So, the Philadelphia Eagle’s opted defense in the first round. To the surprise of many – including myself – after suspenseful trading, Philadelphia selected Louisville Cardinal’s outside linebacker Marcus Smith.

At the time, analyst had Smith penciled in as a second, third and even fourth round selection. However, Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly is not the type to pick from another’s projection. He admits that six or so other players of interest has already been taking off the board at #22, prompting the Eagles’ decision to move back, grab an extra pick, and then select Smith. Aware of the shock and overall disappointment felt after the selection, Philadelphia Eagles’ general manager Howie Roseman iterated that the best pass rushing linebackers were quickly being plucked and they had to swoop down and get the player that had the most value to them – and that’s exactly what they did.

My hand succumbed to “head scratching syndrome” for the rest of the night. Maybe hearing the plan could’ve help alleviate some of my symptoms.

Philadelphia’s Eagles outside linebacker/defensive end, Trent Cole, is 31 and turns 32 in October.  This guy made a living terrorizing quarterbacks, and made a name for himself and a boatload of money in the process. He is the epitome of success. Unfortunately, his age is a smear against him, because 32 years old in the NFL is entering the twilight years of a career, depending on the position. He may need a replacement now. I would rather see him retire than leave the organization. In my perfect world, he will retire an Eagle, and go out Ray Lewis style: a Super Bowl champion. Although anything is possible, Marcus Smith looks to be the new rushing terror of the defense.

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