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Howie Roseman Reveals Why DeVonta Smith Has Been on Eagles Draft Radar Since 2018

General manager Howie Roseman revealed why DeVonta Smith had been on the Philadelphia Eagles draft radar since 2018.
General manager Howie Roseman revealed why DeVonta Smith had been on the Philadelphia Eagles draft radar since 2018. | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles made a move in the 2021 NFL Draft from No. 12 overall up to No. 10 to ensure that they got the player they wanted. They selected Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith and it seems like he has been the team's target for longer than people think.

General manager Howie Roseman revealed that the team had their eyes on Smith ever since he caught the game-winning pass in the 2018 National Championship game as a freshman. Instead of celebrating, Smith remained calm because all he could think about was a block he missed earlier in the game.

Smith has always strived for perfection and knows what it feels like to be underestimated as NFL scouts worry his small frame will not translate well at the next level. His desire to be great will suit him well playing in Philadelphia, a city that features one of the most passionate fan bases in the league.

Possessing a game built around crisp route-running and exceptional speed, Smith balled out in 2020. He racked up 1,856 yards on 117 receptions and scored 23 touchdowns on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy. It's safe to say that his performance certainly got Roseman eve more excited.

Smith has proven to be a true professional and blocks out the haters in order to work on his game. He enters next season as one of the top options in the Eagles' passing attack. Smith currently has +1700 odds to take home the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, according to NFL future odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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