ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released a new Here's a look at Version 1.0, where he had the Eagles taking a cornerback, and Version 2.0, where he had the Eagles taking a safety. This time around McShay has the Eagles taking a safety again. It's actually just the same player as last time, which isn't very exciting. Via ESPN In$ider:on Thursday. This is Version 3.0 of McShay's mocks.
"Landon Collins | COLLEGE: Alabama | Class: Jr | HT: 6-0 | WT: 228 | POS: S
Analysis: I know from talking to Chip Kelly previously how highly he thinks of Mariota, his former quarterback at Oregon, but I don't know whether he'd be willing to pay a really high price in terms of draft picks and other assets to move up to draft him. Regardless, we don't project trades in these mock drafts anyway, and Collins would fill a need at safety, with strong safety Nate Allen a free agent this offseason. Collins has weakside linebacker size (6-0, 228 pounds) and impressive straight-line speed (4.53 40), and while he has some limitations in man-to-man coverage, he's got good range in deep zone coverage and he fills hard in run support. Washington cornerback Marcus Peters is another possibility here, since the Eagles need help at corner."
As you can see, McShay thinks Kelly actually wouldn't be willing to pay a high price to get Mariota. The Oregon Ducks quarterback drops to the New York Jets at pick No. 6 overall in this mock.
But back to Collins. Here's his spider graph based on his performance at the 2015 NFL Combine.
Sheil Kapadia of Birds 24/7 recently explained why Collins isn't necessarily a realistic option for the Eagles at pick No. 20.
"Landon Collins has been mentioned as a possibility for the Eagles at No. 20, but based on what Mayock said, he does not appear to be a scheme fit. Mayock projected Landon Collins as a strong safety in base and a dime linebacker in sub packages.
The Eagles don't play with a traditional free and strong safety. They want interchangeable guys who can play both in the box and back in center field. Given Ed Marynowitz's Alabama ties, the Eagles should be able to form an educated projection with Landon Collins, but his role in Philadelphia would be different than his role under Nick Saban."
So what do you think of the pick?