Marcus Smith: "It's just a dream come true"

Marcus Smith #91 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates sacking Jeff Driskel #6 of the Florida Gators on January 2, 2013
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Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Marcus Smith admits that he was overwhelmed with joy to be selected by the club in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Marcus Smith has revealed that it was a "dream come true" to be selected by the club in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Eagles selected the 22-year-old with the 26th pick out of the Louisville Cardinals, which was a surprise to many pundits who predicted that Smith would a second- or third-round selection.

Smith told the club's official website: "It's just a dream come true. Everything that I wanted to happen fell in place. Yesterday, when my name got called, I was very happy and my family was happy and I'm just happy to be an Eagle.

"Going into [the Draft], I had an idea when I was going to get drafted. It was a surprise to me when [the Eagles] called me, but I was very happy when they called me and told me that they were going to be drafting me.

"I just want to be a part of something special, and I know they have something special in this organisation. I just want to be a part of it."

Smith recorded 42 tackles and 14.5 sacks for the Cardinals in the 2013 season.

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