The 2014 NFL season is over now that the 2015 playoffs have concluded. The New England Patriots are Super Bowl XLIX champions after beating the Seattle Seahawks and the 2015 NFL Draft order is officially finalized for the first three rounds. The Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to pick at No. 20 in the first round, No. 52 in the second round, and No. 84 in the third round. The rest of the Philadelphia's five picks beyond the third round will be finalized upon the release of compensatory draft picks. The Eagles aren't projected to receive any of those.
Eagles players react to terrible Seattle play call
EVERYONE was confused by Seattle's head-scratching decision to throw from the one-yard line instead of handing the ball off to Marshawn Lynch. Even Eagles players!
Before getting to the Eagles pick, it should be noted that Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota goes No. 1 overall in this mock. Recent reports indicate that the Buccaneers are high on Mariota and the "stars are aligned" for Tampa Bay to pick him. Perhaps these reports are true. Or perhaps Tampa Bay is doing their best to create a trade market for the quarterback considering that a team such as the Eagles might be interested in moving up.
But back to the Eagles pick. Once again, Dan Kadar of Mocking the Draft has the Eagles focusing on their secondary. That makes it his fourth mock in a row where the Eagles take a defensive back. And it's the third time the Eagles have ended up with the same player:
20. Philadelphia Eagles: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Whatever defensive back the Eagles have rated the highest when their pick comes along should be the choice. In this case it's Collins, a disciplined safety who makes few mistakes.
For more on Collins, check out this RotoWorld breakdown.
Perhaps it's worth noting that new Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz has an #AlabamaBias. Will the Eagles lean a little more heavily on SEC players with him gaining more power?
Some other players still on the board after the Eagles pick include: ILB Eric Kendricks, OT Ereck Flowers, RB Melvin Gordon, and MLB Benardrick McKinney, among others.
UPDATE: Kadar added a second round to the draft. He has the Eagles taking a cornerback who really flashed at the Senior Bowl:
52. Philadelphia Eagles: Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)
What do you think of this week's picks?