The Eagles made a draft-day trade with – of all teams – the Dallas Cowboys moving up from No. 12 overall to No. 10 overall to select wide receiver DeVonta Smith, the Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama. In exchange, the Eagles also gave the Cowboys a third-round pick, No. 84 overall.
The Eagles moved back from their original draft spot of No. 6 to No. 10, just four spots, and added a 2022 first-round pick in the pursuit of Smith. The Eagles also jumped up from the fifth round to the fourth round this year.
"I was shocked that they had traded up for me," Smith said during a virtual conference call from the site of the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland. "I was really excited and it's a blessing."
Smith had a season for the ages in 2020, recording 117 receptions for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns helping Alabama capture the National Championship while becoming just the fourth wide receiver to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
A three-year starter, the 22-year-old Smith led the Crimson Tide in receptions in back-to-back seasons despite sharing targets with three eventual first-round selections (Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, and Jaylen Waddle). The 6-0, 170-pound Smith started his brilliant college career in spectacular fashion by catching the National Championship-winning touchdown in overtime against Georgia.
The Amite, Louisiana native was a second-team All-American and second-team All-SEC selection in 2019 with 68 catches for 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns. He caught a school-record five touchdowns in a single game against Mississippi that season.
For his career, Smith posted 235 receptions for 3,965 yards (16.9 yards per catch) and 46 receiving touchdowns.
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Scouting Report: "We saw a player that was a smooth mover. He can open up and run and he was a player that can win at all three levels from different alignments," Vice Present of Player Personnel Andy Weidl said. "I think his ability to high-point the ball, to play above the rim, to adjust to the football, to make contested catches, really stood out. I think another thing about Smith that we really liked about the guy is his selflessness. Not only was he a productive receiver, he was a punt returner. He returned a punt for a touchdown this year against Arkansas. He's been a gunner in the past on the punt team. When you talk about a teammate that would go above and beyond to help his team win, he embodied that. We're excited to bring him in, excited to have that caliber of receiver that DeVonta brings to us."
"What I saw in DeVonta was just a guy who can consistently win one-on-one," said Head Coach Nick Sirianni. "It's a little different with how he does it. He does it with speed, quickness. He does it at the top of the route, beginning of the route, off the line of scrimmage."
News and Notes
• Became the first WR since Desmond Howard (1991) to win the prestigious Heisman Trophy in 2020 ... One of three Heisman Trophy winners in Alabama history, joining Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015).
• In 54 career games, hauled in 235 receptions for 3,965 receiving yards (16.9 avg.) and 46 TDs, setting an SEC and Alabama career receiving TD record previously held by Amari Cooper (2012-14) and Chris Doering of Florida (1992-95) with 31 ... Also the SEC and Alabama career receiving yards leader.
• A two-time National Champion (2020 and 2017) who earned Offensive MVP honors of the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship Game after registering 12 catches for 215 receiving yards and three TDs in the first half, shattering seven school, conference, and College Football Playoff records.
• His career four and five-touchdown game performances make him the only receiver in SEC history with multiple career games totaling four-or-more receiving touchdowns.
• Posted five 200-plus yard receiving performances (most in school history) and 14 100-plus yard receiving games (T-1st in program history).
• Attended Amite (LA) High School where he was the Most Outstanding Player in the 2016 LHSAA Class 3A state football championship game ... Named a 3A All-State honoree by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and was the MVP of the Nike New Orleans Regional.
Get your first look at the Eagles 2021 first-round pick, Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith.