Eagles leaped over the Giants for Devonta Smith
Heading into the 2021 NFL Draft it seemed as though the New York Giants were going to be able to get either Devonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle with the 11th overall pick.
Then during the first round of the NFL Draft last Thursday, the Miami Dolphins used the 6th overall pick on Waddle. And as we approached the Giants pick at 11, it was clear that they would be able to take Smith with the Dallas Cowboys on the clock at 10.
Then the unthinkable happened and Dallas traded down to 12 and the Eagles moved up to 10 to take Smith. One SEC coach told ESPN that the Giants were “livid.”
“The Giants wanted DeVonta bad. They were pretty livid when Philly moved in front of them,” said an SEC defensive coordinator.
I’m assuming that this coach has some ties to the Giants and knows people within the organization in order to get this intel. But this isn’t a surprise because I’m sure New York thought it was a slam dunk that they would get Smith.
The Giants did get some payback in the third round when they traded up and drafted cornerback Aaron Robinson, who the Eagles apparently wanted. And they got a playmaking receiver at 20 in Kadarius Toney.
The Eagles getting Smith was kind of a blessing for the Giants because if it didn’t happen they likely wouldn’t have traded down to 20 in exchange for some draft capital from the Chicago Bears.
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