The 2015 NFL Draft is still far away, but the rumors are heating up now that the NFL Combine is over. The latest scuttlebutt has the . On top of this, mock draft season is in full gear and there's no shortage of opinion as to who the involved in a potential Marcus Mariota tradeEagles will be taking in this year's draft. So with that said, let's take a look at what the experts are saying.
FanSpeak (Custom) - Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Waynes impressed at the 2015 NFL Combine by running a 4.31 40-yard-dash. It was the best time among all defensive backs this year. Waynes could potentially be the first cornerback off the board so he might not fall to the Eagles at No. 20. If here's there, however, he could draw consideration. What Waynes could have going against him is that he's "only" 6-0 and he doesn't really have long arms. The Eagles obviously like their corners to have size and length.
SB Nation (Dan Kadar) - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
It might not be the smartest play, but during Peters’ media session at the combine on Saturday, he seemed remorseful about his dismissal at Washington. It’s telling that Peters and coaches at Washington could put things in the past and let him come back for the team’s pro day. If Philadelphia’s scouting staff comes to the same conclusion about his character, they should feel comfortable taking him at 20.
The MMQB (Peter King) - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (Trade up to No. 5)
Washington gets Philadelphia’s first- and second-round picks this year, and first- and fourth-round picks in 2016. -- Washington could be moving from five to 20 in the first round by doing this deal, with GM Scot McCloughan scoring points with his new boss for not giving away the store in a trade, but rather acquiring the store. This has so many poetic points to it. The Eagles gave Donovan McNabb to Washington a few Easters ago; now Washington would be giving a longer-term quarterback, theoretically, to Chip Kelly. Kelly would be reunited with the quarterback he recruited out of a Hawaii high school and helped make a star in college football. It just feels right, though Howie Roseman will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into giving up so much draft capital for a player with some question marks."
ESPN In$ider (Todd McShay) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
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."
NFL.com (Bucky Brooks) - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Chip Kelly typically avoids character risks on draft day, but Peters' talent and cover skills would upgrade the Eagles' suspect secondary.
NFL.com (Charles Davis) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Collins is strong, physical and well-schooled in pro defenses.
NFL.com (Daniel Jeremiah) - Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
Jones put on a show in Indy, but he's much more than a workout warrior. He was a four-year starter at UConn with toughness and smarts. That fits the Chip Kelly profile.
CBS Sports (Rob Rang) - Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
With Chip Kelly in complete control of the roster, the Eagles are one of the more unpredictable teams this year. Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez have fared reasonably well in Kelly's system but neither possesses the preferred athleticism. Hundley is a project in most schemes but perhaps not so much in Kelly's attack. The 6-3, 226-pounder has terrific speed, a big arm and a career 3-1 touchdown (75) to interception (25) ratio. The drop-off in talent after the top three quarterbacks is significant enough that it could push Hundley into the first round even though many clubs view him as a second-round value.
CBS Sports (Dane Brugler) - Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
The needs at this pick might change if the Eagles land a big name free agent like Byron Maxwell, but Johnson is a player who should be on the radar regardless. He has natural cover instincts and skills that make him worthy of consideration this early.
CBS Sports (Pat Kirwan) - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (Trade up to No. 4)
The Eagles come up for Marcus Mariota and send their first-round pick this year and next year plus RB LeSean McCoy to the Raiders. McCoy has three years left on his contract and the Raiders have plenty of cap space to absorb the contract. If the Eagles have to throw in another player or later round pick to close the deal they should do it. Maybe they recoup some of the compensation by trading Nick Foles. Cleveland and the Jets should be interested in Foles.
FOX Sports (Peter Schrager) - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Peters had multiple confrontations with a new coaching staff in Washington last year, escalating to the point where he was ultimately removed from the team. He was upfront, honest and regretful in interviews with the media. I'm told he was the same — and actually quite impressive — in interviews with teams during the week, as well. He's 6-foot, 198 pounds and looks longer than you'd expect. He didn't run a lights-out 40-yard dash, but he's a top press corner. Philadelphia could go a variety of ways at 20, but I like Peters with Chip Kelly.
SI.com (Don Banks) - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Peters has much about his lost season of 2014 to explain to teams, but his coverage skills are the draft’s finest, and he would instantly upgrade Philly’s struggling pass defense. If Philly opts to not make a move up in pursuit of Marcus Mariota, staying put and landing one of the draft’s two best cornerbacks is a solid fallback. Coach Chip Kelly would rely on his Pac-12 ties to know exactly what he’s getting in Peters.
The Big Lead (Jason McIntyre) - Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Pointless to try and figure out what Chip Kelly will do; he’s the new Bill Belichick! But just like last year, narrowing down the position isn’t difficult. Waynes ran a 4.35 40 at the Combine.
Yahoo! (Eric Edholm) - Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
Short of landing Nick Foles’ replacement, the Eagles have quite a few other concerns for a team that finished 10-6 last season. Chief among them is a glaring need at cornerback, where Bradley Fletcher was a whipping boy and Cary Williams might not be worth his contract despite playing fairly well at times. Collins’ length and speed fit the Eagles’ ideal at the position.
Yahoo! (Shaun King) - Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Bradley Fletcher was a major liability last season in the Eagles' secondary. Waynes is an immediate upgrade. Although he isnt as physical as I would like, he is an excellent cover corner.
Rotoworld (Josh Norris) - Jake Fisher, OL, Oregon
Fisher has played everywhere during his career: right guard, right tackle and left tackle. Offensive line might be the Eagles top need, and they seem to have a type in terms of athletes at the position. Fisher has the athletic fingerprint which fits, and not just because he went to Oregon. Both NFL teams and colleges have types. Ali Marpet could also be a target in as early as round two.
SportsBookReview (Kevin Stott) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
CB Marcus Peters - 4
CB Trae Waynes - 3
S Landon Collins - 3
QB Marcus Mariota - 2
QB Brett Hundley - 1
CB Byron Jones - 1
CB Kevin Johnson - 1
CB Jalen Collins - 1
OL Jake Fisher - 1