Eagles GM Howie Roseman: 'What's not to love about DeVonta Smith?'
The Philadelphia Eagles traded up from No. 12 to No. 10 to land Alabama WR DeVonta Smith, the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner.
Now that they’ve got their guy, they seem to be pretty happy with his potential.
During a radio appearance on Tuesday morning, Eagles GM Howie Roseman explained why Smith stood out to them throughout the pre-draft process (via 94WIP):
“Obviously, DeVonta is a big time player for us,” Roseman explained on Tuesday’s 94WIP Morning Show. “So, we were going to get this guy and make sure he got on our football team. We’ve got an offensive coach here. We think this guy is a difference maker.
“What’s not to love about DeVonta Smith? This guy’s work ethic is legendary…His route running, his length, his hands, his speed.
“[Alabama] had four first round picks at wide receiver on their team in 2019 and you look at the guy who has got the most targets on that team, it’s DeVonta Smith. The ball finds DeVonta Smith. You get to a situation where it’s third down, it’s a big play in the game, and the quarterbacks are looking for DeVonta Smith. Elite route runner, this guy is just an adult. He’s just somebody I think our fans are going to love. I picture a lot of [Number] six jerseys in our stands in the fall and for years to come.”
Roseman went on to say he’s not worried about Smith’s size at all, which is a concern some teams had when evaluating the Alabama receiver.
We’ll see how Smith fares under new head coach Nick Sirianni in Philadelphia this fall.