How will Ainias Smith fit in Philadelphia after being drafted by Eagles?

A Texas A&M football fan favorite is headed to the City of Brotherly Love. What can we expect to see out of him up in the NFC East?
Nov 11, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Ainias Smith (0)
Nov 11, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Ainias Smith (0) / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Ainias Smith drafted by Philadelphia Eagles; how will he fit with Sirianni's squad?

In a move bound to infuriate about half of the Texas A&M football fanbase, the Philadelphia Eagles made the move to draft Aggie do-it-all skill player Ainias Smith in the fifth round. Ainias was taken with the 152nd overall pick by the sworn rivals of the in-state Cowboys.

While I'm very proud of and happy for Ainias, I am rather disgruntled about the future cognitive dissonance this will no doubt cause me. I love Ainias, but if the Eagles never won another game it would be fine by me.

Despite my animus for the birds, I begrudgingly recognize that they run an innovative offensive scheme that could be well-suited to Ainias's strengths. One thing I, along with all Texas A&M football fans, know about Sub Zero is that he will be the hardest worker on any team he is a part of, and that facet of his personality will no doubt continue into his days in the league. That in mind, I don't think it will be long before he sees the field.

In what capacity he does so, though, is rightly up for debate. I had written several times that he provides some extra value with his special teams acumen, but the Eagles currently boast a great returner in Britton Covey. For as great as Ainias was in college at returning punts, Covey was just as skilled, so I'm not sure he will make as much of an impact there as I had previously believed.

One area where I think he will feature this year, though, is moving in and out of the backfield on offense. Given Philly's scheme, Ainias is a perfect fit to shift around during presnap motion, being able to both take the ball on a handoff as well as running crisp routes downfield.

Even though I'm no fan of the Eagles, I'm anxious to see how Ainias does up in Philly. I have no doubt he will be well-integrated into the team sooner rather than later, finding success as soon as next season.