New Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith went quickly from on top of the college football world with a Heisman Trophy to seeing his NFL Draft stock slipping because of his size. That didn't stop the Eagles from taking Smith with the No. 10 pick in this year's draft, though.
The Eagles just held their rookie minicamp and the first reviews from players and coaches have been absolutely glowing. Veteran cornerback Darius Slay recently heaped on the praise for his new rookie wideout while streaming on Twitch.
Slay, who enters his second season in Philadelphia this year, went on to say he isn't "worried" at all about Smith's size in the league. "Worked with him the other day....he knows what he’s talking about, he knows how to win 1-on-1 matchups," said Slay.
Not that Smith needs it, but that's pretty high praise from a three-time Pro Bowl and one-time All-Pro cornerback with eight years of NFL experience. The former Alabama star receiver heads into his rookie campaign with all of the college accolades fans could ask for. Last season, Smith caught 1,856 yards and scored 23 touchdowns en route to a Heisman Trophy.
The Eagles are hopeful for an immediate impact in their passing attack. Last year, Philadelphia notched 207.9 yards per game through the air, the league's fifth-worst air assault. Between a full season with Jalen Hurts and the addition of Smith in the receiver corps, there's a lot to be excited about in Philadelphia.
Currently, the Eagles own just +550 odds to win the NFC East division, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. But, a revamped passing attack could go a long way in making some noise next year.
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