Philadelphia Eagles signed first-round pick Nolan Smith to a four-year, $11.9 million contract.
The Eagles selected Smith with the 30th overall selection in the 2023 draft. He was their second first-round pick. They selected his Georgia Bulldogs teammate Jalen Carter with the 10th overall pick.
The 22 year-old Smith said he didn’t want to miss any time with the team and knew the contract was nearly complete.
“I’m a sponge,” he said. “I’m soaking up everything, learning as much as I can. I know I have a long ways to go to get to where I want to be.”
The 6-foot-2, 235 pound Smith ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He’s a hybrid linebacker and defensive end, the Eagles envision Smith playing a role similar to Haason Reddick.
Smith had 110 tackles, 12.5 sacks, an interception, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in four college seasons at Georgia.
Nolan Smith of the Philadelphia Eagles. Photo courtsey of Philadelphia Eagles – Twitter