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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles improve the secondary in first two rounds

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The fanbase wants defensive back improvement and they get it in this one...

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The Eagles are set to improve their team this offseason but it's unclear how they will actually attack the NFL Draft with several weeks to go. The NFL Combine is scheduled for this week and we will certainly learn a lot more about this year's field of prospects in the coming days. It's a BGN tradition to post a mock draft before the Combine, so let's keep that legacy going with a two-rounder.

First Round Team Player Rationale
1 Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon The Buccaneers are likely to grab a quarterback with the first pick or trade it to someone who will. Mariota has been rumored to TB.
2 Leonard Williams, DE, USC In my opinion, Williams is the best non-QB in the draft and maybe best overall prospect. He'd be an upgrade over Ropati Pitoitua.
3 Shane Ray, DE, Missouri The Jaguars need a consistent pass rusher off the edge and while Randy Gregory is beloved by everyone, I think Ray is a better fit here.
4 Danny Shelton, DT, Washington Jack Del Rio's defense has featured Terrance Knighton for the last several years, now he gets a younger clone to take his place in OAK.
5 Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama Pierre Garcon was mediocre in Jay Gruden's offense last year and could easily be cut for a huge savings. Cooper would be better and younger.
6 Jameis Winston, QB, FSU Winston's off-the-field issues will lead to a drop here, but I could still see him going No. 1. New regime gets a new quarterback.
7 Landon Collins, S, Alabama The Bears defense has badly struggled against the pass for several years and Kyle Fuller and Landon Collins could be the keys to turning that around.
8 Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska By most accounts, this would be a steal. Gregory is the long and athletic pass rusher the Falcons have needed. Dan Quinn will use him well.
9 Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Florida
10 Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford It is unclear what the future holds for Jake Long and the Rams have few options at guard. Peat could replace Long or serve as a sturdy left guard.
11 Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
12 DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
13 Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami Zach Strief isn't getting any younger and neither is Drew Brees. The team needs to protect their future Hall of Fame passer. Flowers is a terrific tackle.
14 Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington The Dolphins are nearly done with their Jeff Ireland free agent busts at linebacker, so Thompson offers an athletic and youthful upgrade at all three spots.
15 Alvin Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky Ahmad Brooks is likely gone and who can depend on Aldon Smith at this point? Dupree is a pass rusher who could replace either or start opposite Smith.
16 Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
17 Brandon Schreff, OT, Iowa King Dunlap is a free agent and the Chargers need to figure out their tackle bookends. It's a bit too early for a running back here, but Schreff is a steal.
18 Marcus Peters, CB, Washington Sean Smith has offered little during his tenure in Kansas City, so Peters could serve as his potential replacement. Andy Reid has no issue with troubled players.
19 La'el Collins, OT, LSU
20 Philadelphia Eagles Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH) While this may seem like a reach, most players at 20 feel that way. This is the dead zone and while PJ Williams has the bigger name, Rollins is the better player on tape.
21 Cameron Erving, OT, FSU
22 Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU Steve McLendon has served as the starter at NT for the last two years, but clearly could be upgraded. Goldman is an absolutely massive dude in the middle.
23 Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas With Nick Fairley and Ndamakong Suh set to hit free agency, at least one will leave. Brown would be an adequete replacement for either.
24 Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
25 P.J. Williams, CB, FSU A list of no-names make up the Panthers secondary and while I am not Williams' biggest fan by any stretch, he's an upgrade here.
26 Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma The Ravens defensive line is always in a state of flux and Phillips could play 3-tech or nose tackle as a starter.
27 Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
28 Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota This may be a little early but Williams is as complete of a tight end as you'll find in the draft. He may actually serve as an upgrade in several aspects to Julius Thomas.
29 Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia Robert Mathis is coming off a serious injury and Erik Walden just doesn't cut it as a pass rusher. Harold would be able to form a scary duo with Jonathan Newsome in the future.
30 Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami There always seems to be an issue in the middle of the Packers defense. Instead of constantly moving Clay Matthews inside, the team could opt for this impressive former Hurricane.
31 Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma DGB had his troubles in college but I think he fits the Seahawks locker room well. He would be a new weapon for Russell Wilson.
32 Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
2nd Round
33 Tennessee Titans Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA The Titans passed on a potential QB in the first round and get their guy in the second round. I think this is a reach but the lack of talent in the class forces it.
34 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado St. Anthony Collins proved to be a free agent bust, so to replace him, they get a stud tackle from an emerging program.
35 Oakland Raiders Nate Orchard, DE, Utah Orchard is a unique pass rusher with size and his presence could help the entire Oakland defense.
36 Jacksonville Jaguars Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA With Paul Posluszny likely on his way out (eventually), Kendricks can serve as his replacement as a more complete linebacker. Coverage, it's a thing.
37 New York Jets Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
38 Washington Redskins Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan
39 Chicago Bears A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina
40 New York Giants Paul Dawson, OLB, TCU
41 St. Louis Rams Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State While they may bring back Sam Bradford, the Rams need finally invest in competition at the quarterback spot. This is a bit high for Grayson but QBs are coming off the board.
42 Atlanta Falcons Duke Johnson, RB, Miami Steven Jackson is likely done and Kyle Shanahan loves to run. Johnson could be his new Arian Foster in the running game. He's awesome.
43 Cleveland Browns Clive Walford, TE, Miami With Jordan Cameron likely to leave town, Walford could serve as his replacement with a team that badly needs pass catchers.
44 New Orleans Saints Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon The Saints allow a lot of yardage through the air but adding a talented young cornerback could lead to better results. When healthy, I think IEO is an upgrade over Patrick Robinson.
45 Minnesota Vikings Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
46 San Francisco 49ers Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn Michael Crabtree is likely to head elsewhere so the 49ers take an athletic freak that needs to fine tuning. Coates has special athleticism.
47 Miami Dolphins
48 San Diego Chargers Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska Ryan Mathews is headed toward free ageny and Donald Brown hasn't proven he can carry the load. Abdullah can step in and handle the rock with Danny Woodhead.
49 Kansas City Chiefs Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami The Chiefs need scoring production from their WRs and Dorsett is a big play waiting to happen. He gets behind defenders with ease. He'd be DeSean Jackson for Andy Reid.
50 Buffalo Bills Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana One of my top five favorite players in this draft, Coleman would be a game changer for Buffalo with Fred Jackson continuing to age and Bryce Brown still a question mark.
51 Houston Texans Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State Arian Foster has suffered injuries every season and the Texans could use some more weapons on offense.
52 Philadelphia Eagles Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss The Eagles double dip on DBs (at the request of their fanbase) due to the board. Prewitt is a massive safety who played against tough TEs and WRs in the SEC.
53 Cincinnati Bengals Rashad Greene, WR, FSU AJ Green needs a better starting WR across from him and Greene is a unique possession receiver with speed. He could free Green up a little bit.
54 Detroit Lions DJoun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic Rashean Mathis may be playing well but he's not getting any younger. The Lions hedge their bets with a talented CB from FAU.
55 Arizona Cardinals Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State Daryl Washington's status still seems up in the air with his constant off-the-field headaches. Even if DW is on the field, he needs a qualified partner in crime.
56 Pittsburgh Steelers Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State Nelson could start immediately in place of Ike Taylor, who has been burned in coverage the last two seasons.
57 Carolina Panthers David Cobb, RB, Minnesota Another one of my favorite players in this draft, Cobb goes to Carolina to replace DeAngelo Williams.
58 Baltimore Ravens T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama Justin Forsett was a nice surprise and Benard Pierce was a disappointment in 2014. Yeldon is another running back option for both the future and the present.
59 Denver Broncos The Broncos steal Bennett after the likely departure of Terrance Knighton.
60 Dallas Cowboys Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon Armstead could play all along the line for the Cowboys and perhaps provide some insight on the Eagles. Armstead is a stud and this is a steal.
61 Indianapolis Colts Anthony Harris, S, Virginia
62 Green Bay Packers Owamagbe Odighizuwa, OLB, UCLA The Packers continue to improve their defense with another very good pass rusher who slipped through the cracks.
63 Seattle Seahawks Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State The Seahawks continue to rotate linemen and Cooper is a local guy that can play right away.
64 New England Patriots Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina Julian Edelman has turned into a fantastic receiver but with cap issues, most of his fellow receivers may move on via cap casualties. Hardy could be a dynamic option for Tom Brady.