Will Nolan Smith end up in Midnight Green on draft night? While a defensive end is perhaps not the biggest need for the Eagles you can never rule it out. Last week we looked at Clemson Interior Linaman Bryan Bresee. You can check out his prospect profile here. We know the Eagles love spending first-round picks on the guys in the trenches. Whether it is on offense or defense. In fact, 8 of their last 12 first-round picks were spent on an offensive or defensive lineman. Five on Defensive Ends or Defensive Tackles, and 3 on Offensive Tackles or Guards. That trend continued last year with Georgia’s Jordan Davis.
But this year it could be a different Georgian defender on the Eagles radar. A certain edge rusher who made quite a name for himself this past week at the NFL Combine. The Eagles already added two Bulldogs to their defense in last year’s draft. Will they continue to poach from the back-to-back National Champions? Like his former teammate Jordan Davis, Nolan Smith had a big day at the combine. There are certain to be a lot of eyeballs on Nolan Smith now. He put up big numbers at the combine.
His Senior season at Georgia was ended early after a pectoral tear. So we did not get to see him play in the National Championship game again. But he is clearly healthy now. And with the Eagles’ love for adding pass rushers early in the draft, Nolan Smith is a name Eagles fans have to watch. Just how much of an athletic freak is he? Will he even be there for the Eagles after his Combine performance? Does that athleticism actually show up on tape? Let’s get to know the former number 1 recruit in college a little better. Here are 5 things you should know about DE Nolan Smith.