The 2015 NFL Draft is still far away. But that doesn't matter, because 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) - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
I was going to pick West Virginia wide receiver in my first try, but I decided to do a second attempt. And that's when Marcus Mariota fell to pick No. 20. You're welcome, everybody.
SB Nation (Dan Kadar) - 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.
Note: Kadar also has the Eagles taking Miami (OH) cornerback Quinten Collins in the second round.
PhillyVoice (Jimmy Kempski) - Shaq Thompson, ILB/RB/S, Washington
At the pro level, because of his smaller size, there will be debate about whether Shaq Thompson is a 4-3 WILL, or if he's a safety, or if he can play ILB in a 3-4. What is not up for debate is that he's a ridiculous athlete who makes plays. He's fast, he's agile, he's a sure wrap-up tackler, and is thought of as a high character player with good instincts. He was even a very intriguing running back at Washington. Some teams value "tweeners" like Thompson. Other will struggle to figure out where he fits in their scheme. But just look at what this guy can do. Could the Eagles find a way to use Thompson creatively if he were to be available at 20? On the one hand, this will be the Eagles' third year in Billy Davis' scheme, so they'll be much further along than they were two years ago. On the other hand, we're talking about a defense here that didn't even have a dime package until last offseason. Still, the way I see it, Thompson is simply too athletic to pass on even if he may not have perfect measurables for any specific position in the Eagles' scheme. Just go get him and watch him make plays.
Note: Kempski's mock goes seven rounds deep. Check out the whole thing.
ESPN In$ider (Todd McShay) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
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.
NFL.com (Lance Zierlein) - Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
The Eagles know Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham are going to be issues within the division, and finding a cornerback with size and speed matters.
Rotoworld (Josh Norris) - Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
I wanted to mock CB Marcus Peters here. I also wanted to mock WR Dorial Green-Beckham here. However, it seems Chip Kelly takes a liking to a certain kind of personality, and who knows if those two meet that.
CBS Sports (Rob Rang) - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
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) - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
One of the more intriguing prospects in this draft class, Peters has top 10 talent, but after being dismissed from the Huskies program where will he land? Despite the red flags, it wouldn't be a surprise to see a team roll the dice in the first round because of his immense potential at an important position.
Sporting News (Eric Galko) - P.J. Williams, CB, FSU
Chip Kelly loves corners who are physical initially and down the field, and Williams certainly fits that bill. With Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher needing to be upgraded, PJ Williams could quickly become the team’s feature cornerback.
It's no surprise to see the secondary is a major focus in almost all of these mocks. Jimmy's pick of Shaq Thompson is really intriguing, however, and the Eagles could use a linebacker. Not to mention that Peters and Williams aren't likely options due to character concerns.
Here's a summary of the picks:
CB Marcus Peters (2)
S Landon Collins (2)
CB Trae Waynes (1)
CB P.J. Williams (1)
CB Jalen Collins (1)
QB Marcus Mariota (1)
Shaq Thompson (1)
Whatever Shaq Thompson is: 1