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NFL Draft 2015: Philadelphia Eagles options at biggest positions of need

Mike Mayock's positional rankings compared to the Eagles biggest positions of need.

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Earlier this week Bleeding Green Nation readers were asked to determine which position on the Philadelphia Eagles roster is in need of the biggest upgrade. The results went like this:

Cornerback: 79%
Quarterback: 11%
Safety: 6%
Inside linebacker/Wide receiver/Offensive line: 1% each

It wasn't surprising to see the secondary draw a lot of attention give how the Eagles struggled down the stretch in 2014. Bradley Fletcher will be a free agent and Cary Williams could be a salary cap casualty. Malcolm Jenkins is still under contract but Nate Allen is scheduled to hit the market for the second straight offseason. That's potentially three of four starting secondary positions that need to be filled.

With that said, quarterback is an obvious area of concern as well. Nick Foles led the NFL in this turnovers before getting hurt last season. Foles has yet to play a full season without suffering an injury that causes him to miss some games. Mark Sanchez is a free agent and Matt Barkley is likely non-factor. The most important position on the Eagles roster lacks a clear answer, though Foles is likely to be the starter by mere default.

The Eagles will be able to take care of some of their needs once free agency begins on March 10. For now, here's a look at some potential draft targets for the Birds. NFL Network's Mike Mayock recently released his list of the top players at each position.


1. Trae Waynes, Michigan State
2. Marcus Peters, Washington
3. Jalen Collins, LSU
4. P.J. Williams, Florida State
5. Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest

A lot of mock drafts have the Eagles going with a cornerback in the first round. Peters and Williams have been popular targets, but they might not make very much sense due to character concerns. Waynes has the size the Eagles like in their cornerbacks at 6-1, 185 pounds, but he could be off the board by the time the Eagles pick at No. 20.


1. Jameis Winston, Florida State
2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
3. Bryce Petty, Baylor
4. Brett Hundley, UCLA
5. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

Interesting to see that Mayock has Winston over Mariota. The Eagles are expected to try to reunite Chip Kelly with his former college quarterback, but it won't be easy. Petty/Hundley/Grayson might be available in the middle rounds if the Eagles are sticking with Foles and hoping to draft a developmental player to keep behind him.


1. Landon Collins, Alabama
2. Shaq Thompson, Washington
3. Derron Smith, Fresno State
4. Jaquiski Tartt, Samford
5. Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern

Collins has been mocked to the Eagles very often. The most intriguing name here has to be Shaq Thompson, though. The Washington play-maker doesn't really have a defined position but he's very talented. He seems like a versatile, high-character player that Kelly would love to add to Philadelphia.


1. Paul Dawson, TCU
2. Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
3. Denzel Perryman, Miami (Fla.)
4. Eric Kendricks, UCLA
5. Stephone Anthony, Clemson

The Eagles could look to go with an inside linebacker early depending on what happens with DeMeco Ryans. Pairing the Kendricks brothers together would be fun, wouldn't it?

Interior offensive linemen

1. Brandon Scherff, Iowa
2. Cameron Erving, Florida State
3. Laken Tomlinson, Duke
4. A.J. Cann, South Carolina
5. Tre' Jackson, Florida State

The Eagles offensive line could use some youth considering how the starters are getting up there in age. The interior seems especially vulnerable with Evan Mathis turning 34 in November and Todd Herremans turning 33 in October. Both players suffered injuries in 2014 that caused them to miss time.

Wide receiver

1. Kevin White, West Virginia
2. Amari Cooper, Alabama
3. DeVante Parker, Louisville
4. Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri
5. Devin Funchess, Michigan

Not sure the Eagles will look to go wide receiver super early. Jeremy Maclin could return, the team is stuck with Riley Cooper, and Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff are coming off their rookie seasons. Perhaps on Day 2 or Day 3.

Running back

1. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
2. Todd Gurley, Georgia
3. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
4. Duke Johnson, Miami (Fla.)
5. Tevin Coleman, Indiana

Not necessarily a position of need here, but just a reminder how talented this class is when it comes to ball carriers. Chip Kelly loves to run the ball so it wouldn't be surprising to see the Eagles take a running back at some point in this draft, especially if there's a talent on the board that's too good to pass up.