Eagles star DeVonta Smith makes his debut on NFL Network's Top 100 Players ranking and it's about time

The Eagles hit a home run when they drafted DeVonta Smith, and he is finally being given his due.
Devonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles
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Well, it's about time. Each year, NFL Network releases its NFL Top 100 Players ranking, one that is comprised of players' votes. Each year, said ranking sparks debate for one reason or another, but last season, Philadelphia Eagles fans all over the Delaware Valley and everywhere else on Planet Earth have had a bone to pick with the results. 2022's version was released, and there was a gross oversight. DeVonta Smith was off of the list.

Don't shoot the messengers. We're just as confused as you guys are. We threw the challenge flag. The ruling on the field was upheld. For the life of us, we can't understand what everyone was thinking. This time around, however, the man formerly known as the 'Slim Reaper' seems to have gotten his due... sort of.

He's ranked too low, but hey, what are we to do?

Eagles star DeVonta Smith finally earns a mention on NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2023 ranking, and it's about time he has been given his due.

NFL Plus has begun the process of revealing the Top 100 Players of 2023 ranking. The first man mentioned is Skinny Batman.

100? Really? Okay, we won't complain a great deal. We're just happy our guy is getting some well-deserved shine. Check out some of last year's season highlights, and appreciate the beauty.

Now, if he makes the Pro Bowl team, we can back off of our stance that he's underappreciated. Well.. We'll try to anyway!

DeVonta Smith continues to prove he was a slam-dunk selection for the Philadelphia Eagles.

20 years from now, most will have forgotten this. The story, however, is interesting enough to warrant a mention just for the sake of discussion.

Even though the Philadelphia Eagles' decision to select DeVonta Smith tenth overall during the 2021 NFL Draft has proven to be a slam-dunk choice, there were some moments prior to the announcement where we weren't sure he'd be the guy Philly added.

Justin Fields was still available and on everyone's draft board as a top-five player at the quarterback position. With Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, and Trey Lance being the first three guys drafted, Fields was someone that some of the Birds contingent wanted. Remember, at this time, some were confused about whether or not Jalen Hurts was 'the guy'.

Philly made the right choice. They took DeVonta Smith at ten. Fields went to the Chicago Bears one pick later. Micah Parsons, a Pennsylvania native that also intrigued some of the Birds' fans, went to the Dallas Cowboys at 12. He has been heartbroken about that ever since.

In his first season, DeVonta set an Eagles franchise record for receptions made by a rookie (916). Last season, he set another team record as he hauled in the most receptions in franchise history with 95 big ones. What will he do in year three? We'll have to wait and see. Here's what we can guarantee until then.

Though a spot on the Top 100 is a nice compliment about his game and the work he has put in, he should be ranked higher, but again we won't complain much. Here's our prediction. We're calling it now. Expect him to earn a spot on the Pro Bowl roster for the first time as well.

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