Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 1/26 - Marcus Smith, OLB, 6-3, 251, Louisville...The Eagles selected Smith after trading down from No. 22 to 26. Most teams had a second- or third-round grade on Smith, but the Eagles had a higher opinion of him than others. Smith, a former high school quarterback, had 12.5 sacks at Louisville last year. He needs to get bigger and stronger, but the Eagles think he'll be able to help them right away as a situational pass-rusher while he learns from starters Trent Cole and Connor Barwin. - The Sports Xchange
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08/17/15 - LB Marcus Smith had a good week of practice. The 2014 first-round pick has been more confident and aggressive. He is competing for the third outside linebacker spot behind starters Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham.
12/08/14 - LB Marcus Smith was used on punt and kickoff returns against Seattle because Trey Burton was inactive with a hamstring injury. Smith, the Eagles' rookie first-round pick, did not play any defensive snaps.
11/25/14 - LB Marcus Smith, the Eagles' rookie first-round pick, could see some action at inside linebacker Thursday against Dallas with Emmanuel Acho nursing a groin injury. Acho rotates at one of the two inside linebacker spots with Casey Matthews. But Acho has been a limited practice participant this week and is very questionable for the game Thursday.
11/24/14 - LB Marcus Smith, the team's rookie first round pick who has played sparingly in his first season, probably will be pressed into service Thursday as a backup to ILB Casey Matthews because of an injury to Emmanuel Acho.
11/17/14 - LB Marcus Smith, the Eagles' No. 1 draft pick, was active Sunday, but didn't play. It's the third time this season he was active but didn't play. He also has been inactive for two games.
09/08/14 - LB Marcus Smith, the Eagles' rookie first-round pick, was active Sunday against the Jaguars, but didn't play.
08/17/14 - OLB Marcus Smith isn't looking like he's going to be helping the Eagles' pass-rush anytime soon. The rookie first-rounder played 73 snaps against the Patriots, but was very inconsistent.
05/11/14 - Big reach? Eagles believe Smith blend of talent and need...The Eagles had just 37 sacks last season and finished 31st in sacks per pass play. Linebacker Trent Cole, who led the team in sacks with eight, will be 32 in October. "We thought adding a pass rusher was a big thing for us," coach Chip Kelly said. "A young kid to bring in behind Trent and Connor (Barwin). Those guys can teach him the ropes and bring him along. "His ceiling is very high. He was recruited as a quarterback and is new to the position, kind of like (offensive tackle) Lane (Johnson, the Eagles' 2013 first-round pick). He's an outstanding athlete."
The Eagles selected Smith after trading down from their original spot at 22 to 26 in a swap with the Cleveland Browns, and picking up a third-round pick from the Browns, the 83rd overall selection in the draft. The trade down was important because the Eagles entered the draft with just six selections, their fewest in 11 years. "He was the next (highest-rated) guy for us," Kelly said. "We felt we could move back and pick up a pick. We didn't want to move too far back because we were afraid there was going to be a run on (pass-rushers)." - The Sports Xchange
05/11/14 - Big reach? Eagles believe Smith blend of talent and need...The Philadelphia Eagles went into Thursday's first round of the draft insisting that they were going to take the best player available when they were on the clock, regardless of position. If it happened to match up with a need, fine. If it didn't, fine too. "We have to stick to our board," general manager Howie Roseman said before the draft. "The draft is a long-term decision for us. We don't know where we're going to be in 2-3 years. "We are going to take the best player, and we are not going to force guys up just because we have a particular anxiety about a position, because we look at a particular spot on our depth chart and say we don't have that.
"Now, I go home at night and think about that all the time. I want to have a 90-man (offseason) roster of guys who are going to make teams. And I want 53 guys who can start. But we've got to get past that. "We've got to know that we have to make good long-term decisions. We have to get really good players. And when you look at forcing (a pick because of need), whether it's our team or other teams in the league, it doesn't work." As luck would have it, the player the Eagles wound up with Thursday, Louisville linebacker Marcus Smith, also happened to line up with one of their biggest needs - a pass-rusher. - The Sports Xchange
05/11/14 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 1/26 - Marcus Smith, OLB, 6-3, 251, Louisville...The Eagles selected Smith after trading down from No. 22 to 26. Most teams had a second- or third-round grade on Smith, but the Eagles had a higher opinion of him than others. Smith, a former high school quarterback, had 12.5 sacks at Louisville last year. He needs to get bigger and stronger, but the Eagles think he'll be able to help them right away as a situational pass-rusher while he learns from starters Trent Cole and Connor Barwin. - The Sports Xchange