PISCATAWAY , NJ – L.J. Smith, who emerged as one of the most outstanding receivers to ever play for Rutgers, will now get the chance to take his vast skills to the National Football League after being drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.
Smith, a starter at tight end for the Scarlet Knights since his freshman year, was the 61st pick of the 2003 NFL Draft, and the 29th selection on the second round, taken by the Philadelphia Eagles. Highly regarded by NFL scouts, Smith was only the third tight end taken in the NFL Draft.
Smith ended his Rutgers career as the second-most prolific tight end in RU history, behind Marco Battaglia. Smith was sixth all-time in receptions (122), ninth in all-time yards (1458) and eighth in TD receptions (10). He was a two-time Offensive MVP for the Scarlet Knights, and earned All-BIG EAST honors and All-ECAC honors during his career.
" I think he's got a great combination of size, speed and quickness," Tom Heckert, the Eagles Director of Player Personnel, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "He's a good run blocker, and we think he's going to be an excellent receiver for us as well.”