MARCUS Smith. That’s the guy we picked.
My best friend and I watched the Draft at the South Philly Bar & Grill down Passyunk. I ordered a Philly Tap Water (awesome drink), 2 cheesesteaks and I gave away some EAGLEMANIACAL tee-shirts to fellow fans who also showed up to watch.
The annual strokefest that is the Draft was going according to formula, with every pick being a blah-blah “good pick” or a blah-blah “solid pick”. Mel Kiper had his poor Draft evaluation of Ray Lewis thrown in his face, with now HOF Ray sitting just one guy away. It was fun.
When the Eagles pick came in, we were all on our feet. Pryor was gone, Clinton-Dix was gone, Barr was gone, Cooks was gone, and Ford was gone. Who was left? Whoever it was, we all were expecting the pick to be a great one.
Then Marcus Smith was announced. You could have heard a flea fart from across the street at Capitolo park. I haven’t heard such eerie, dead silence in Philly since Mayor Nutter closed the city in preparation for Hurricane Irene in 2011.
Murmurs broke out and I expected full on bitching to commence in 3-2-… But it never came. It’s like the spirit had been gut punched out of the bar. People settled into drinking and a couple guys schlepped over to the beer pong table. You could hear the ping pong balls, but neither man was talking. I ordered another Philly Tap Water, my friend ordered a Pepsi. The night was over.
I don’t know whose idea it was to draft this guy, but barring an amazing next 2 days, that person should be out of a job come Monday. Aside from Danny Watkins, have you ever been more underwhelmed about a Draft pick?
More to the point, why did we reach so badly for this guy??? CBS Sports had a solid 2nd round grade him. Not a 1st - 2nd grade, a solid 2nd. Draft Countdown had him as a 2nd - 3rd. NFL.com Scouting had him down as a 3rd - 4th. The only thing about him that says 1st rounder, is his Draft history.
Let me go you one better. When you pick a guy in the 1st you should expect him to contribute heavily if not start, in that same year. Did anyone see anything that said “Yeah. Sit Trent Cole down, so this kid can get out there”? I sure as hell didn’t.
It’s 3:21 a.m. now. I came home and went looking for video of this guy. This is video of him in a game which was a runaway for his team. Observe how consistently dominant he is:
AND THIS IS HIS HIGHLIGHT REEL! So you see my frustration? This next 2 days had better be some of the most bang-ass drafting us Eagle fans have ever seen. Because between this and Jacksongate 2014©, the Front Office is looking less and less like they know what they’re doing these days.