DeVonta Smith “shocked” Eagles traded up for him

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The Eagles and Cowboys are rivals, but they came together to make a trade in the first round of the 2021 draft on Thursday night.

The Eagles packaged the 12th pick and a third-round selection to Dallas in exchange for the 10th pick. They used that selection for wide receiver Devonta Smith and Smith told reporters that the move took him by surprise.

“I was shocked that they had traded up for me. I was like, ‘They traded up for me. They saw something they liked,'” Smith said, via Dave Zangaro of

The Eagles’ choice means that Smith will be playing with former Alabama teammate Jalen Hurts and the Eagles hope the combination pays off with the kind of success the Crimson Tide have enjoyed on the collegiate level.

11 responses to “DeVonta Smith “shocked” Eagles traded up for him

  1. I’m shocked that Howie made a smart pick too. First time I have not been confused by a 1st round Eagles pick since 2016. I agreed with the Wentz pick and now agree with the Smith pick. Hopefully he will join Carson as the only pro bowl picks Howie has drafted in the last 5 years.

  2. So it turns out the Eagles traded.

    Waddle, a 3rd and a 5th
    And got
    Smith, a 1st and a 4th

    Go Birds

  3. Thats a heisman trophy winner humbled by a team trading up for him. Thats a player
    -Dolphins fan

  4. Extremely shrewd move leapfrogging the giants and taking the giants top target. It only cost them a round 3 pick to get Devonta Smith and a future round 1 pick to get the same guy they would have drafted at 6.

  5. Most of us Eagles fans are shocked that Howie did the right thing as well. Thankfully for Howie, Denver took Surtain off the board, which made it possible for Dallas to trade out. If Denver had taken a QB, Dallas would have stayed put and taken Surtain, and Smith would have gone to the Giants, and there would have been a lot of angry Eagles fans calling for Howie’s head this morning. Glad that it worked out. Screwing the Giants over in the process was icing on the cake.

  6. Smith is shocked for the same reason we all are: Howie doing the right thing is shocking.

  7. eaglesfan22 says:
    April 30, 2021 at 1:05 am
    We’re shocked that Howie made a great move for once.


    He made up for it with picks two and three.

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