Former Louisville defensive end Marcus Smith is heading to the Philadelphia Eagles who selected him as the 26th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Smith had 14.5 sacks last season for the Cardinals and had 42 tackles. He was drafted as an OLB.
Smith, who is 6’3″, 250 lbs., came to Louisville as a quarterback. Charlie Strong talked him into moving to defensive end. Smith has a lot of quickness and length to be a great NFL outside linebacker.
NFL.com says of Smith:
Nice bend, balance and body control. Good pass-rush ability and potential. Quick first step. Coordinated hands and feet. Athletic and agile — can stunt and loop. Flashes a spin move. Shows burst to close and get home. Moves well laterally. Gives effort in pursuit and ranges all over the field. Operated from 2- and 3-point stance. Solid character. Is coachable and has improved steadily.
Marcus Smith was in Louisville with family watching the draft at a local restaurant.
This is the first time in school history that two Louisville players were selected in the first round, still no Teddy.
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