Finally, a first-round pick who can be a difference maker
I watched the first round of the NFL draft hoping one of four players – cornerbacks Patrick Surtain II, Jaycee Horn, Jaylen Waddle or Devonta Smith – would be there when the Eagles selected 12th.
Cornerbacks Surtain and Horn went in the top nine, along with wide receiver Waddle, leaving just Smith. The Birds, however, were not yet on the clock, meaning they had to trade up to guarantee Smith would be a Bird. But they were able to arrange a deal with the Cowboys – probably bummed that Surtain and Horn were gone – at No. 10.
So for the cost of a third-round pick to move up two spots, Smith became an Eagle.
To be honest, out of the four, he was the one I wanted most, with Surtain not far behind. I just remember being bedazzled by the Heisman Trophy Winner every time I saw him this past season. It seemed like Smith was a danger to score whenever he caught a pass – and he caught everything. It didn’t matter if he was open by 10 yards or triple covered.
And all that I’ve read and heard since about Smith just reinforces why I think he was a great choice. He gets raves from everyone – teammates, coaches, opponents, you name it.
This guy’s going to be huge fan favorite in Philly. I can’t wait to see him on the field.