i'd rather have both. very different players who would have very different roles.
Meh, I would say he met all expectations both on and off the field. Andy Reid moved up to draft him in the 4th round because he wanted a receiver with "great hands, toughness, leadership; intelligence, and good route running". He hit on everyone of those and I can't think of one person in Philly (in the organization or fans) that would say he fell short of anything. He is probably only behind Brian Dawkins as the most beloved player recently with the Eagles.
Avant would be a good addition to any team including the Panthers but I don't think he really fits a need here. His game is the exact same one Steve Smith should be running. Gritty, tough, slot receiver running intermidiate routes and making the tough plays.
i wanted us to draft him. i don't see he and smitty playing the same role as a problem. we all know smith's time here is limited and even under the assumption that he is here this year, we've been incredibly lucky these past few years that he hasn't gotten hurt and missed time. avant would be a great insurance policy ffor smith and someone who could step into his shoes as a player and a leader
he's not the fiery presence or threat smith is, but he still would bring a lot of needed production and vet leadership/experience to the table.