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Eagles select LB Nolan Smith with the 30th overall pick

LB Nolan Smith

Another pick, another bulldog! With the No. 30 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Eagles have selected linebacker Nolan Smith.

Here's what you need to know about this 6-foot-2, 238-pound edge rusher before he lands in Philadelphia.

1. 2021 was his year

Smith missed half of the 2022 season due to injury; he suffered a torn pectoral muscle. But in 2021, he was a force for the Bulldogs, compiling a career-high 56 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles for the National Champions.

Here's a look at his career stats:

Games played: 46

Games started: 23

Solo tackles: 66

Total tackles: 114

Tackles-for-loss: 21

Sack: 11.5

Interceptions: 1

PBU: 3

Blocks: 1

Fumble recoveries: 1

Forced Fumbles: 3

2. The two-time CFP National Champion will be joining a list of former teammates in Philly

Like the Eagles' first pick of the night, Jalen Carter, Smith was college teammates with two of the Eagles' 2022 draft picks – Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean.

In 2019, he was named the team's Co-Defensive Newcomer of the Year alongside Dean.

3. He is FAST!

At the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine, Smith ran a historically fast 40-yard dash. He ran it in 4.39 seconds, recording the second-quickest time for a defensive lineman/edge rusher in two decades.

His vertical? Also the best among all defensive linemen at 41.5 inches.

Get your first look at the newest Eagles as well as exclusive photos from the NovaCare Complex all weekend long.

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