Philadelphia Eagles win big with selection of DeVonta Smith

DeVonta Smith #6, (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
DeVonta Smith #6, (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Finally! In what seemed like the longest few months ever, the 2021 NFL Draft is officially here, and if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, it’s started with a bang! Fans of this team have anxiously waited to see who their beloved team would select on day one. Opinions were split between fans and media alike on if the Eagles would select a cornerback or a wide receiver.

Well, the wait is finally over, along with all the guessing, hoping, and praying. The Birds have finally made their pick, one that should help Birds fans sleep well after night number one.

Just in case you’ve been hanging out under a rock, Philly traded up to the tenth-overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft to take a wide receiver, DeVonta Smith. The Heisman Trophy winner is the second wideout the Eagles have selected in the first round in as many years. A true star in the college ranks, Smith is a danger to score from anywhere on the field. Considered one of, if not the best route runner in the entire 2021 NFL Draft, Smith brings his talents to Philly.

The Philadelphia Eagles went to a familiar for to land their guy.

No matter where you fall on the selection of either a corner or a receiver, the Birds needed to land a game-changer here. After trading up and swapping first-round picks with the Dallas Cowboys and giving them a third-rounder (yes, you read that correctly), the Philadelphia Eagles have their star difference-maker in the former Alabama product.

The Cowboys need cornerback help worse than the Birds do, so when the two top selections were taken, that may have influenced their decision to trade back. If there is a bright side, knowing the Cowboys missed out on their first choice (and possibly their second choice) may make what’s gone on in Round 1 that much more enjoyable for Philadelphia Eagles fans.

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No matter where you line him up, the Crimson Tide prospect is capable of making plays. Inside, playing in the slot, or playing on the outside, Smith is a problem to deal with for opposing defenses. Not to mention. he is a threat to score if given the opportunity to return kickoffs and punts. That alone adds a ton of value to the first selection.