ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released a new 2015 NFL mock draft on Thursday. This is McShay's second mock for the upcoming draft. Here's a look at Version 1.0, where he had the Eagles taking a cornerback. This time around McShay has the Eagles taking a safety (surprise!). But McShay also wonders if the Eagles will stay put at pick No. 20, via ESPN In$ider:
Update: Read our NFL Draft scouting reports 2015 for the top prospects.
"Landon Collins | COLLEGE: Alabama | Class: Jr | HT: 6-0 | WT: 212 | POS: S
Analysis: The question everyone will ask is whether Chip Kelly will be willing to trade up to draft his former QB at Oregon, Marcus Mariota, particularly if Mariota starts to slide down the board a little bit. I know from talking with Kelly previously that he thinks the world of Mariota, but I have no idea how much he's willing to give up in order to go get him. If the Eagles stay put, Collins would be a good value pick here. He's the No. 15 overall prospect on our board, has good range in coverage and is a playmaker when the ball is in the air. But where he excels most is in run support, which is a good fit in the NFC East, especially versus the Cowboys. Moreover, SS Nate Allen is a free agent. Other options include Washington CB Marcus Peters and OLB Vic Beasley."
It's only early February but the Eagles have already been a popular landing spot for Collins in various mock drafts. Given Philadelphia's need to upgrade the secondary, this doesn't come as a surprise.
As for Mariota, McShay has him falling to No. 6 at the New York Jets' pick. However, McShay notes that "Mariota could slide even further than this on draft day." McShay isn't the only "expert" to suggest this. Reports have indicated that the Eagles are "going to try" to trade up for the Oregon quarterback, even if it requires Kelly "mortgaging the future."
Of course, no one really knows what's going to happen at this point. But in the meantime these rumors will pass the time until it all unfolds.
Here's McShay's full 2.0 mock. You have to sign up for In$ider to read the explanations for all picks.
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State|
|2||Tennessee Titans||Leonard Williams, DE, USC|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska|
|4||Oakland Raiders||Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama|
|5||Washington Redskins||Shane Ray, DE, Missouri|
|6||New York Jets||Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon|
|7||Chicago Bears||Danny Shelton, DT, Washington|
|8||Atlanta Falcons||Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon|
|9||New York Giants||Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa|
|10||St. Louis Rams||Kevin White, WR, West Virginia|
|11||Minnesota Vikings||Devante Parker, WR, Louisville|
|12||Cleveland Browns||T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh|
|13||New Orleans Saints||Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida|
|14||Miami Dolphins||Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State|
|16||Houston Texans||Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford|
|17||San Diego Chargers||Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma|
|19||Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo)||Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan|
|20||Philadelphia Eagles||Landon Collins, S, Alabama|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson|
|22||Pittsburgh Steelers||Marcus Peters, CB, Washington|
|23||Detroit Lions||Malcom Brown, DT, Texas|
|24||Arizona Cardinals||Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (FL)|
|25||Carolina Panthers||Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL)|
|26||Baltimore Ravens||Jalen Collin, CB, LSU|
|27||Dallas Cowboys||Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin|
|28||Denver Broncos||La'El Collins, OT, LSU|
|29||Indianapolis Colts||Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia|
|30||Green Bay Packers||Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota|
|31||Seattle Seahawks||Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia|
|32||New England Patriots||Carl Davis, DT, Iowa|