Thursday, May 6, 2021

Howie Did It

Eagles fans, we can finally rejoice.  After weeks of build-up and anticipation, the Eagles made their first-round selection Thursday night, and it was a great one.  This was one of the most anticipated drafts for Eagles fans.  We truly had no idea who the Eagles would pick.  We heard rumors about possibly trading up for a corner, other rumors about being in love with Jaylen Waddle, and then closer to the draft day we heard about how the Eagles love Kwity Paye.  There were about five or six players that the Eagles had an interest in, but at the end of the day, we got our guy.

To begin, Howie read the board perfectly and knew exactly how it was going to play out.  He knew Chase and Pitts would be gone by six, so he traded back and collected an extra first.  There was an early run on corners that left the Cowboys out of luck, so that allowed them to trade back.  Howie knew the Giants had an interest in DeVonta, so he made the move to get up.  Giving up only a third-rounder to jump up to ten, the Eagles were able to move in front of the Giants and grab the best player on the board.  No more trying to outsmart everyone, Howie did the right thing.  On top of getting the Heisman winner, the Eagles screwed over the Giants again.  Sweet victory.  The Eagles got their guy, and the excitement of fans speaks for itself.

Now getting into the pick.  The name Eagles fans have been saying for months upon months.  DeVonta Smith. The Slim Reaper.  THEY GOT THE HEISMAN WINNER.  The Eagles got themselves a legitimate WR1 to work and build with Jalen Hurts.  There was talk all along about the size of Smith.  Saying he was too small and he needs to put on weight.  Let the tape speak for itself, Smith is an exceptional talent at WR1.  Smith is the best route-runner in this class, has strong hands, and excels at high pointing the ball. Smith also has the versatility to play different receiver spots and can even contribute to special teams.  All this talk about his weight, people just forgot how dominant he was in college. The first Heisman winner at receiver since 1991, Smith lit up the country last year.  117 receptions for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2020 for the Crimson Tide. Yes, 23 touchdowns.  The production at Alabama was unreal, and he has all the skill in the world to transfer that production to the NFL.  The Eagles have also dealt with their fair share of drops from receivers the last couple of years.  Smith only had three drops on 145 targets in 2020, just to add icing on top of the cake.

Howie Roseman has gotten his fair share of criticism from fans and journalists all over the Philadelphia area for the better part of the last two years, but he hit an absolute home run on this pick.  He read the board perfectly, picked up an extra first-rounder, and drafted the Heisman winner.  Howie stuck to his board and picked the best player available.  Howie knew he was on the hot seat, and he delivered.  He gets an A+ from me on this pick.

Featured Image: Kent Gidley/ Heisman Trophy Trust

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