Not many people were expecting the Eagles to trade back inside the top 10 to select DeVonta Smith, but here we are at the end of another rollercoaster opening day of the NFL Draft. The Philadelphia Eagles landed themselves a Heisman-winning wide receiver in Smith and it didn’t take long for his new teammates to show some Brotherly Love.
First and foremost was arguably the most exciting in QB Jalen Hurts. Not only is Hurts leading the franchise moving forward, but the two were teammates at Alabama and have clearly built up quite the rapport. Hurts told Adam Schefter in a recent podcast just how electrifying Smith is as a wideout, and the man behind the iconic 1,856-yard season responded by saying he would love to play alongside Hurts once again. Bromance reunited.
Two of his fellow wideouts were also quick to reach out with a warm welcome while Lane Johnson decided to take Jalen’s method of lighting a fire and preparing him to run through a wall.
On defense, CB1 Darius Slay showed excitement to get to work. If this doesn’t make you immediately daydream of training camp battles between the two, then I don’t know what will.
Eagles Safety Rodney Mcleod reached out to DeVonta as well, rounding out those on social media to share the love.
There’s no doubting that there’s a lot of excitement internally behind this pick. Howie Roseman traded up to make sure he secured the services of DeVonta Smith at #10 overall and now all that’s left to do is watch how new Head Coach Nick Sirianni can implement such a dynamic playmaker into his offense.
The Eagles will next be on the clock tomorrow night in round 2 with pick 37. TV coverage of the second round begins at 7PM EST.
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