The 2015 NFL Draft is fast approaching! Less than three weeks to go. Mock draft season is in full gear and there's no shortage of opinion as to who the Eagles will be picking in the first round. So with that said, let's take a look at what the experts are saying.
2015 NFL Mock Drafts
FanSpeak (Custom) - La'el Collins, OT, LSU
The Eagles recently brought Collins in for a pre-draft visit. Philadelphia could play him at guard to be a mauler as a run-blocker on the inside before eventually kicking him out to right tackle in the future.
SB Nation (Dan Kadar) - D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
Oregon’s Jake Fisher is starting to become a popular mock draft choice the Eagles and, well, that seems a bit lazy. On the field, Humphries is just as athletic and appears to have greater potential.
ESPN In$ider (Mel Kiper Jr.) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Collins is a safety who does his best work when he's near the line of scrimmage. He has great instincts and tackling ability as an extra defender against the run, and he's the kind of player who can fit seamlessly into this scheme and should be on the field right away. I do think the Eagles will be looking to add another pass-catching threat, but the draft offers plenty of depth in that area, just as it did last year when they added an instant-impact receiver in Round 2."
NJ.com (Eliot Shorr-Parks) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
The sound you hear is cheers of joy coming from the NovaCare Complex. Forget what you have heard about Collins not fitting the Eagles' scheme. As the best safety in the draft, Collins fills the biggest hole on the Eagles.
Birds 24/7 (Tim McManus) - Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
I was between Collins and UCONN's Byron Jones. Either way, I'm thinking the Eagles go defensive back here. Collins has the measurables (6-1, 203, 4.48-40) they're looking for and the tools necessary to excel on this level. The main concern with him is that he only started 10 games in college. There's not a very large sample size to go off. But as we know, Kelly is not afraid of a little risk. The upside will be too much to resist. Mike Mayock put Collins second in his cornerback prospect rankings behind Michigan State's Trae Waynes. The Eagles reportedly had him in for a visit this week.
Big Blue View (Kunal Shah) - Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Ron Burke (CSN Philly) - Owamagbe Odigihizuwa, OLB, UCLA
The Eagles reaped no benefits from the Marcus Smith pick in 2014, so they go to the well again to make up for that setback as well as the departure of longtime standout Trent Cole. Odigihizuwa (Oh-DIGGY-zoo-wuh) has jaw-dropping ability and moves extremely well for a man his size. At UCLA, he played in both 3-4 and 4-3 sets. Last season he recorded 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. While I’m not certain he fits as well as some other prospects as a coverage linebacker, I am finding a place for him on my defense because Odighizuwa looks to be a high-impact performer, the type of player that will complement those around him. He plays with smarts and discipline, goes hard on every snap and has the potential to be a disruptive force, especially in the run game. It’s important to note Odighizuwa does carry a medical history. He has had two surgeries on his hip, and missed the 2013 season because of the problem. That is a concern, but he did come back to have a strong final season. Odighizuwa needs to develop more effective pass-rush skills but he is versatile enough to play defensive end or tackle in the event he does not adapt to coverage responsibilities at linebacker.
NFL.com (Brian Baldinger) - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Whether it's here at pick No. 20 or through a trade, Mariota gets reunited with Chip Kelly and the Eagles keep on Ducking.
NFL.com (Lance Zierlein) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
There are several different directions the Eagles could go in here, but Collins makes them tougher and substantially better on the back end.
CBS Sports (Dane Brugler) - Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
Connecting the pro day dots, Chip Kelly has paid close attention to big, athletic defensive back prospects this spring. Eric Rowe is in the conversation, but Jones is the better fit and should surprise no one if he's drafted this high.
CBS Sports (Rob Rang) - Arik Armstead, 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.
SI.com (Don Banks) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
The Eagles have a crying need for a talent upgrade at safety and just happen to find the draft’s best prospect at that position waiting for them. There won’t be a Marcus Smith-like swing and miss in Philly’s first-round work this year.
S Landon Collins - 4
QB Marcus Mariota - 1
OLB Owamagbe Odigihizuwa - 1
CB Trae Waynes - 1
CB Byron Jones - 1
CB Jalen Collins - 1
OT D.J. Humphries - 1
OT La'el Collins - 1
DE Arik Armstead - 1
S - 4
CB - 3
OT - 2
DE - 1
QB - 1
OLB - 1