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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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
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 61/6. Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville, 6-3, 251, 4.66, 2...While several other defensive ends are hoping to prove they are able to double as an outside linebacker, Smith already has shown he can do that and more. How about an emergency quarterback? OK, it would need to be a real emergency, but he began college as a QB in 2010, was moved to OLB within a week, then to DE in 2011. He eventually became Mr. Versatility in the front seven. He can drop, but seems more effective moving forward than he does in space. Frankly: A maybe, baby. Reliable "jack of all trades, master of none" who has decent speed (4.66 in 40 yards), athleticism or strength (23 reps with 225 pounds on bench). - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/07/14 - Five players who should be on Houston's draft radar...LB Marcus Smith, Louisville: More pass rush? More pass rush. There is no such thing as too much when it comes to finding players who can put pressure on the opponent's backfield and Smith would be an interesting fit in Romeo Crennel's defense. Although starting his Louisville career at quarterback, he emerged as the Cardinals' defensive MVP as a senior with 18.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks, earning First Team All-AAC honors as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. He lacks physically imposing size or strength, but his initial burst along with his active hands and energetic play style allows him to be effective, whether rushing the pocket or dropping into space. Smith will find himself locked up and needs to better disengage and develop his pass rush moves, but he is scheme versatile and would give Crennel options. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/01/14 - Risers-Fallers from early bowl games...In the Louisville Cardinals' impressive victory over the Miami Hurricanes in the Russell Athletic Bowl, it was hard not to get distracted by Teddy Bridgewater's brilliance. Former quarterback Marcus Smith was nearly as impressive on the defensive side of the ball for the Cardinals, however, demonstrating the fluidity and power to intrigue scouts working for 4-3 and 3-4 defenses, alike. The All-American showed off the traits to earn a significantly higher grade than the 5th round projection NFLDraftScout.com currently has for him -- if he continues his impressive final campaign with an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/16/13 - 2013 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Marcus Smith, Louisville, Sr., 6-3 252, Columbus, Ga./Hardaway,...Smith, a first-team honoree, led the league decisively in total sacks in conference play with 10.5 and sacks per game at 1.31. The Columbus, Ga., native currently ranks seventh on the school's charts with 12.5 sacks overall and needs just half a sack to tie for fifth most in a season. Smith is second in the league in tackles for loss per game both overall (11.5) and per game (1.44). Smith also forced three fumbles and blocked a kick. - Louisville football
12/13/13 - 2013 WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DL Marcus Smith, Louisville, 6-3 252, Sr., Columbus, GA...Smith, who was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday, continued to pile up the awards as the he was tabbed a Walter Camp second team All-American on Thursday. The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder also accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl on Jan. 25, 2014 in Mobile, Ala. He is the first Cardinal player to participate in the all-star game since Billal Powell was selected in 2010. Named a second-team All-American by USA Today on Wednesday, Smith is one of the most decorated UofL players since Elvis Dumervil was named on numerous teams All-American squads in 2005.
Smith, also a first-team all-conference honoree, ranks second nationally in sacks at 1.0 per game. The Columbus, Ga., native currently ranks seventh on the school's charts with 12.5 sacks overall and needs just half a sack to tie for fifth most in a season. Smith is second in the league in tackles for loss per game both overall (11.5) and per game (1.44). Smith also forced three fumbles and blocked a kick. Starting all 12 games at defensive end, Smith registered 39 total tackles and recorded a team-high 16 quarterback hurries. He totaled a career-high three sacks in a 24-10 win over Rutgers and also had 2.5 sacks versus Connecticut. - Louisville football
12/11/13 - 2013 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville (Sr., Columbus, Ga.)...Smith was named American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year for his performance on one of the nation's most effective defenses. Smith registered 12.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, had three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in the regular season, pacing a defense that allowed just 257.9 yards (second nationally) and 12.4 points per game (third nationally). He ranked second among all FBS players in sacks and was 17th nationally in tackles for loss. - American Athletic Conference football
12/06/13 - 2013 TED HENDRICKS AWARD FINALIST: MARCUS SMITH - LOUISVILLE 6’3” 252 lbs SR...The defensive end position seems to be a good fit for Marcus Smith. The senior came to the University of Louisville three years ago as a quarterback, switched to linebacker for his freshman season, and finally settled on defensive end just two years ago. His FBS-leading 1.1 sacks per game this season are proof that he made the correct decision. The Cardinals defense currently ranks second in FBS yards allowed, first in sacks and third in points allowed. Smith leads all FBS defensive linemen with 12.5 Sacks. He also has 11 QB Pressures, three Forced Fumbles and a Blocked Kick this season. - The Ted Hendricks Foundation