Eagles Draft Notes: Giants Were ‘Livid’ When Eagles Took DeVonta Smith
The NFL Draft has come and gone with new faces in new places looking to help their new teams succeed.
The Eagles made a plethora of moves, going from pick No. 6 to No. 12 then up to No. 10, moving one spot in front of the New York Giants to select Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith.
It was an interesting situation with three NFC rivals situated with picks 10-12, but when Philly called, Dallas answered and the two teams agreed on a deal. Philadelphia sent pick No. 84 to Dallas for the right to select No. 10.
Meanwhile, the Giants weren't happy, per a SEC defensive coordinator in a recent ESPN.com article.
"The Giants wanted DeVonta bad. They were pretty livid when Philly moved in front of them."
The Giants apparently wanted Smith, but ended up making a deal of their own with the Bears, moving from pick No. 11 to pick No. 20.
From an SEC head coach in the same ESPN.com article:
Another player the college coaches thought the Eagles got good value on was USC defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu, who the team landed in the sixth round. One of the reasons some of the PAC-12 players went later than expected was because the league played a smaller schedule than the other major conferences.
One other player the coaches liked was fifth round pick, Kenneth Gainwell, who the coaches predicted will to 'succeed as a pro'.
"I thought he would go a little higher than he did," an AAC coach said. "He's probably the best of those running backs that have come out of Memphis, and all of those guys have had pretty good careers. He's uber-talented, very versatile. The best, most explosive, of those guys."
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