Philadelphia Eagles' Day 2 2014 NFL Draft Primer

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Philadelphia Eagles' Day 2 2014 NFL Draft Primer
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It’s safe to say Day 1 of the 2014 NFL draft didn’t go for the Philadelphia Eagles the way most people anticipated. The team managed to pull off one of the few genuine head-scratchers with the selection of Louisville outside linebacker Marcus Smith in the first round.

Initial reactions are the selection of Smith was a reach, although how much that feeling is based on his lack of inclusion in mock drafts, we’ll never know. The 2013 AAC Defensive Player of the Year does fill the Eagles’ biggest need for a pass-rusher though, which means the front office can concentrate their efforts elsewhere on Day 2.

And let’s not forget, the Birds did add another pick in the process. By trading down just four spots with the Cleveland Browns so they could select Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Philadelphia added an extra third-round pick. That was quite the deal.

That’s good news, because there is still plenty of work left to be done.

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