Philadelphia Eagles select Marcus Smith No. 26 overall in the 2014 NFL draft

Friday May 9th, 2014

Philadelphia Eagles select Marcus Smith No. 26 overall in the 2014 NFL draft Marcus Smith, Louisville (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis likes and needs versatility above all in his pass rushers, and Louisville endbacker Marcus Smith fits the bill. In 2013, he finished second in the FBS with 14.5 sacks, and he brought pressure from just about every possible spot on the defensive line for the Cardinals. He's a bit of a tweener at 6-3 and 251 pounds, but that's just fine for a Philly defense in need of hybrid pass rushers.

Projected by most as a second-round prospect, Smith has the power, speed and turn around the edge to make things happen at the NFL level. And in that regard, he's not as much of a reach as some may assume.

Strengths: Smith has the size to succeed off the edge and to move inside in certain defensive packages, but his primary value lies in his array of pass-rush moves. He can dip-and rip, move with inside stunts and provide surprising run defense for his size. He can also cover in space decently.

Weaknesses: As with most LEO ends, Smith will struggle against double teams and bigger defenders -- he'll need to stay free in space to be productive.

Grade: B-.  

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