The Philadelphia Eagles traded down in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, moving down from the 22nd pick to the 26th pick and selected Louisville OLB/DE Marcus Smith. This was a surprise as many thought the Eagles would draft a wide receiver to come in and replace new Washington Redskin DeSean Jackson.
And the drama ensued as USC wide receiver Marqise Lee was still on the board and seemed as though he was the perfect fit for the Eagles uptempo offense. Also, there was speculation that the Eagles might draft Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel at pick number 22, but they decided to trade down.
Chip Kelly ended up picking Marcus Smith, who don’t get me wrong is a very good player. A good motor, and a very good pass rusher. He should fit nicely into the Eagles 3-4 defense. But the draft is all about value, and I doubt any other team would have picked Marcus Smith as high as the Eagles did.
They could have had him at a much lower pick. In fact they probably could have drafted him with their pick in the second round at pick # 54. Like I said Smith is a good player, and he should do well. But the Eagles lost a lot value with that pick, and we’ll see how do for the remainder of the draft.