Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, it was reported that now-former coach Tra Thomas told Comcast SportsNet that Marcus Smith wasn’t in NFL shape. Thomas said the first-rounder was “definitely going to have to get a little stronger out there because when you look at even his body type, he has the build of like a high school athlete still — a young college athlete.” And now, Smith has responded, basically saying “Well, yeah.”

Smith talked to Matt Lombardo and Joe Staszak that same afternoon on 97.5 FM The Fanatic and confirmed that, yep, the Eagles drafted a high school quarterback to play linebacker:

“What I’ll say is … Tra was right. My body type has to change. I can’t look like a quarterback forever. That’s what I used to play. I’m still, during the season trying to look like that type. Right now I’m 265 [pounds], I’m really eating well, trying to maintain that weight … I’m running with that weight and I’m feeling really good right now.

Everything that Tra has said, he’s already told me before. When he says that,It’s just the truth. I just have to get bigger and stronger and be productive at that weight so the coaches can be impressed.”

We must all look like tiny baby men Tra Thomas. But really though, how hard is it to not have the body of a high schooler? I’ve gained 50 pounds since high school without even trying, Marcus. Without even trying.