There are only 17 more days until the 2015 NFL Draft begins on April 30! Just two and a half weeks to go. With that in mind, let's kill some remaining time with our regularly scheduled Mock Draft Monday series. Also, don't forget to check out last week's mock draft roundup.
This week's SB Nation mock draft goes two rounds deep. Dan Kadar has a new (yet familiar) name for the Eagles in the first round:
"20. Philadelphia Eagles: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut - This is a little bit early for Jones, but he’s a perfect fit with Philadelphia. He’s a high character individual and has the required size and length to fit Philadelphia’s defense."
I definitely don't think this will be too high for Chip Kelly's taste. The Eagles coach has shown a lot of interest in Jones and, as Kadar notes, he's a perfect fit for what the Eagles value in a cornerback. Jones wouldn't be necessarily need to be a full time starter in his rookie season but the combination of him and Byron Maxwell (double Byron) moving forward could make for a strong duo.
When it comes to the Eagles' second round pick, Kadar has Philadelphia double dipping in the secondary.
"52. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Rowe, S, Utah - The Eagles have shown a fair amount of interest in Rowe, which makes sense because they need to replace starter Nate Allen."
The Eagles have a huge need at safety. They don't have a sure starter to place next to Malcolm Jenkins at the moment. Rowe has the versatility to play both cornerback and safety. The Eagles will likely value his combination of size, athleticism, and versatility. Like Jones, Rowe met with the Eagles in Philadelphia for pre-draft visit.
Drafting Jones and Rowe could go a long way towards fixing a Philadelphia secondary that has struggled in recent years.
(Obligatory Marcus Mariota mention: the Tennessee Titans take him at No. 2.)
What do you think of this week's picks?