Dec 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals defensive end Marcus Smith (91) reacts after sacking Miami Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris (17) during the second half of the Russell Athletic Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Grade: Philadelphia Eagles Select Marcus Smith, LB, Louisville

With the 26th overall pick acquired from Cleveland, the Philadelphia Eagles have selected Marcus Smith, LB, Louisville.

So far, this is probably the biggest reach in terms of where major media had Smith placed on their boards. The Eagles needed to add some edge rushers and the crop was wearing quite thin, so reaching for Smith is something they probably felt like they had to do since he wouldn’t get to their 2nd round pick.

Some had Smith as a third round player, but that’s not the important thing to focus on. The Eagles upgraded their pass rush and were able to acquire some additional picks in order to make this happen.

Pick Grade: C

 

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