By Teddy Brenner
The NFL draft was only a week ago, and the ripples are being considered from South Philly throughout Eagles Nation.
The Birds traded up from 12 to 10 to jump the Giants and land Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith, who played with Jalen Hurts when Hurts was at Alabama.
Smith’s speed is the key to that combo.
The Eagles prioritized speed at receiver so much in 2020 that it motivated them to take Jalen Reagor ahead of Justin Jefferson. That didn’t work out, but Smith is a much better — and more complete — player.
The Eagles doubled up on Alabama stars by landing Landon Dickerson in the second round. That was great value, as if it weren’t for injuries, he might have been a first-round pick. With Jason Kelce getting older and Brandon Brooks coming off an Achilles injury, Dickerson makes both short and long-term sense on the interior of the offensive line.
Running back Kenneth Gainwell could play a Nyheim Hines-esque role in new head coach Nick Sirianni’s offense, working as a third-down and two-minute complement to feature back Miles Sanders. Adding that type of dynamism should help Hurts reach his ceiling, and help the Eagles find out whether or not that ceiling is high enough to commit to him in the long term.