The 2015 NFL Draft is still so far away, but it's slowly inching closer. Draft talk is heating up with the NFL Combine taking place this weekend. Mock draft season is in full gear and there's no shortage of opinion as to who the Eagles will be taking with the No. 20 overall pick. So with that said, let's take a look at what the experts are saying.
FanSpeak (Custom) - Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
A running back?! In the first round? OK, yeah, so I felt like shaking things up a bit. Gurley is obviously dealing with some injury issues, and that's not insignificant. The Eagles don't have an immediate need at running back but Gurley could be a LeSean McCoy replacement one day after the two pair together to wreak havoc in the short-term. The Eagles run game was really average in terms of efficiency last year. They need to be better than that moving forward.
SB Nation (Dan Kadar) - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (Trade up to No. 2)
Marcus Mariota - The Eagles trading up and the Titans trading down is either the best idea or the worst. There is nothing in between. He could catapult the Eagles to the next level or torpedo the franchise if he fails.
CSN Philly (Jared Sherman) - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
I'm sticking with Peters here. I don't think he's a bad dude — he was dismissed from the team in November but has since offered a mea culpa — and talent-wise, I believe he's the second best corner in the draft behind P.J. Williams. The Birds need athletes like Peters who play with an edge.
Update: Read our NFL Draft 2015 positional rankings.
NFL.com (Daniel Jeremiah) - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Peters has off-the-field issues that need to be addressed, but he is a very gifted player at a position of need for the Eagles.
CBS Sports (Rob Rang) - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
With Chip Kelly left in full control of the roster, he could rely on his familiarity with the Pac-12. Peters, who was kicked off the team at Washington, comes will all kinds of character red-flags but he's also the most talented corner in the draft.
CBS Sports (Dane Brugler) - P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
Whether in press or off-man, Williams has a good size/speed blend for the position with cover skills to be an instant contributor in the NFL, either inside over the slot or outside.
Newsday (Nick Klopsis) - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
The Eagles secondary became the butt of several jokes last season with how often they were burned deep, so their first priority this offseason likely will be to find a top cornerback. Washington’s Marcus Peters is a very talented cover corner with good size (6-foot, 198 pounds) and ball skills. However, he reportedly clashed with coaches while at Washington, which eventually led to his dismissal from the program. If Chip Kelly can rein him in, Peters could flourish here.
Ourlads - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
We are unclear how Mariota makes it to the City of Brotherly Love, but the high tech quarterback exchanges one green uniform for another and rejoins his old coach, Chip Kelly.
Once again, it's no surprise to see the Eagles linked to cornerbacks. It's also worth mentioning again that neither Peters nor Williams seem like realistic targets for Philadelphia due to character concerns.
There are a few surprises in this roundup. Gurley, obviously. Then there's the Mariota picks.
Here's a summary of the picks:
CB Marcus Peters (4)
CB P.J. Williams (1)
QB Marcus Mariota (2)
RB Todd Gurley (1)