"It means everything," Smith said. "I've been waiting on it for a long time, been wanting to sign my contract just to get everything over with. It just feels great to be an Eagle and have no worries and go on the field and do what I do best. When I put the pen to paper? The first person I think of is my mom. She did so many things for me and I just feel like I could go out and do something special for her."
Smith is expected to be a rotational pass rusher for the Eagles this season. He had 14.5 sacks in 2013.
The selection of
Odds are Smith will spend much of this season working in a rotation with Connor Barwin and
Fantasy owners will have to be patient in waiting for Smith to see every-down work, and it won't be until then when he'll have some numbers -- not great numbers -- because outside linebackers typically need a ton of sacks and other stats to supplement their weak (by comparison) tackle totals. Smith should be a good mid-round pick in rookie-only drafts and a late-round choice in dynasty/keeper leagues but he's not worth taking in a standard seasonal format.
With the 26th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the
Considered a bit undersized at 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds, Smith is known for his very good speed, quickness off the snap and athleticism. He's also smart and is a former quarterback. He had 14.5 sacks last season with the Louisville Cardinals while playing defensive end and 24 total in three seasons with 83 total tackles. He should end up playing a prominent role on passing downs right away.
The Eagles traded down from pick 22 in the first round in a deal with the Browns, picking up a third-round pick in the process.
|4||9/28/14||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
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|11||11/16/14||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|13||11/27/14||@ DAL||4:30 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
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