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DeVanota Smith became a Philadelphia Eagle on Thursday night during the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, stunning both a scorned Giants fanbase and the former Alabama receiver himself.
“I was shocked that they had traded up for me,” Smith told reporters after the Eagles leapfrogged the Giants from No. 12 to the tenth spot.
“I was really like, if they traded up for me, then they see something that they like. So I was really excited, and it’s a blessing,” the 22-year-old continued.
The Eagles clearly had their sights set on the highly touted Smith, as they coordinated a trade with NFC East rival Cowboys to jump ahead of the Giants at No. 11 in the opening round of the draft. The Giants later traded back and grabbed Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney at No. 20.
Smith, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, was sitting in the green room in Cleveland when he heard about the trade but didn’t think he would be taken. Philadelphia then came calling.
“Them moving up means that they see something in me that they want, and I’m excited for it,” Smith said, according to ESPN. “They’re getting a guy who’s going to come in everyday and work hard, and I’m ready.”
Smith will reunite with his former Alabam teammate, quarterback Jalen Hurts, who reportedly helped recruit the Louisiana native to the college powerhouse. Hurts was Alabama’s starting quarterback for two seasons before transferring to Oklahoma.
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“Jalen taught everybody the game,” Smith said. “He was just one of those guys that was a student of the game and taught everybody the game. When you got reps with him, he was always telling you about coverages and rotations. The connection is there, and the chemistry is there. Overall, he’s just always helped everybody else be better on the field.”
Hurts was one of the first to welcome Smith to the team on social media Thursday, writing on Twitter, “Run It Back Thennnn My Boy! You Deserve It All Brotha, Congrats !! Let’s Get To It.”
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