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Marcus Smith | Linebacker

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/31/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 251
College: Louisville
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Coach Chip Kelly said he needs to see more out of first-round OLB Marcus Smith.
Smith played 73 snaps against the Patriots on Friday and has graded out as Pro Football Focus' worst 3-4 outside linebacker this preseason. He's missed three tackles and produced just four QB hurries and four tackles after two games. "If you’re going to play that many plays, we need more production out of you," Kelly said. Smith may struggle to be active on game days to open the season. Aug 17 - 12:29 PM

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Eagles first-round OLB Marcus Smith practiced with the third-stringers throughout offseason practices.

Smith is expected to climb the depth chart quickly at camp, settling in as a second-stringer and situational pass-rusher. With former first-rounder Brandon Graham also backing up starters Connor Barwin and Trent Cole, the Eagles have a nice rotation here. They figure to improve on last year's 37 sacks, which ranked 20th in the NFL.
Jul 2 - 9:55 AM

Eagles signed first-round pick Marcus Smith to a four-year contract.

They also hold a club option for 2018. Smith was a highly productive sack master at Louisville, and will be groomed as Trent Cole's eventual successor at weak-outside rush 'backer. Smith will likely be a "sub-rusher" as a rookie.
Jun 9 - 4:52 PM

Eagles first-round OLB Marcus Smith is focusing on the "Jack" outside linebacker position.

Connor Barwin is the starting Jack, while Trent Cole occupies the Predator spot on the opposite side. The Jack in DC Billy Davis' 3-4 scheme is a versatile player who is asked to drop into coverage often and rush the passer. He can play on the outside, inside, or with his hand in the dirt. Smith did all of these things at Louisville. He'll likely only play in sub-packages on defense as a rookie.
Jun 1 - 10:33 AM

Eagles selected Louisville OLB Marcus Smith with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Smith (6-foot-3 1/8, 251) was a three-star quarterback recruit to Louisville, and played linebacker as a freshman before spending his final three seasons as an end-'backer hybrid. He's a strong fit for DC Billy Davis' multiple defense. Smith broke out as a senior with 18.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. A long-armed (34") edge presence, Smith ran 4.68 at the Combine with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. Smith played roughly 70 percent of his senior-year snaps standing up, so he has a lot of experience in a 3-4 rush linebacker-type role, though his run defense is a work in progress. He needs to be a sub-package player only as a rookie. It's worth noting that aging Trent Cole is owed $10 million in 2015. Smith is almost certainly viewed as Cole's heir apparent.
May 8 - 11:09 PM

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4Will Murphy
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3Damaris Johnson
4Jeff Maehl
WR31Jordan Matthews
TE1Brent Celek
2Zach Ertz
3James Casey
4Trey Burton
K1Alex Henery
2Cody Parkey