The 2015 NFL Draft is fast approaching. The Eagles haven't been very active ever since a busy first week of free agency. The team might make a few more addition(s) in the second wave of free agency (see: bargain shopping) but for now it seems their main focus is on the draft.
Mock draft season is in full gear and there's no shortage of opinion as to who the Eagles will be taking in this year's class. So with that said, let's take a look at what the experts are saying.
FanSpeak (Custom) - Jake Fisher, OL, Oregon
Fisher makes sense here because DUCK BIAS. Plus he's talented and athletic and obviously fits what the Eagles want in an offensive lineman. The Eagles could draft Fisher to immediately fill in at guard before moving him out to tackle in the future if/when Jason Peters retires and Lane Johnson takes Peters' place at left tackle.
PhillyVoice (Jimmy Kempski) - Jake Fisher, OL, Oregon
Fisher would be a perfect fit in the Eagles' zone blocking scheme, and would give them sorely needed youth on an aging offensive line with no depth.
SB Nation (Dan Kadar) - Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
"After losing Jeremy Maclin to the Chiefs, the top wide receiver in Philadelphia is second-year player Jordan Matthews. He’s solid, but the Eagles need to add talent at the position. Strong is a big, physical receiver who can get vertical and make plays in the red zone. He works over the middle nicely and is hard to bring down after the catch."
NJ.com (Eliot Shorr-Parks) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
The Eagles' need at safety is so glaring they have no choice but to take the only safety in the draft who should be ready to play in Week 1. If Collins is a hit, he could completely change the Eagles' defense.
NFL.com (Daniel Jeremiah) - Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
It's impossible to predict what Chip Kelly will do, but the Eagles do have a need for another edge rusher.
NFL.com (Charley Casserly) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
The Eagles gave up too many big plays last year. Collins should cut that down.
CBS Sports (Rob Rang) - Arik Armstread, DE, Oregon
Chip Kelly loves his Ducks. If unable to swing a big move for Mariota or unwilling to gamble on the similar athletic Brett Hundley, Kelly and the Eagles may see Armstead as an ideal complement to Fletcher Cox and a developing Philadelphia defensive line.
CBS Sports (Dane Brugler) - Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
Even with the addition of Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond, 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 (Pete Prisco) - No pick (trade down with Jacksonville Jaguars)
The Jaguars would be moving up from No. 36 to pick here at No. 20.
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.
SI.com (Doug Farrar) - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
The Eagles put some water on their dumpster-fire situation at cornerback when they signed former Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell to a big deal, but odds are that the addition of Walter Thurmond won't have the same impact given Thurmond's injury history. Peters, who would probably be a top-15 pick if not for the issues that got him booted off the Washington squad in the middle of the 2014 season, is the best cornerback in this class, and he made enough amends with Huskies head coach Chris Peterson to be invited to work out at Washington's pro day in April. The Eagles would do well to take a flier on Peters if he's still there at this spot.
OL Jake Fisher: 3
S Landon Collins: 2
WR Jaelen Strong: 1
DE Arik Armstead: 1
OLB Eli Harold: 1
CB Kevin Johnson: 1
CB Marcus Peters: 1