The 2015 NFL Draft is almost here! Less than two 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. With that said, let's take a look at what the experts are saying.
2015 NFL Mock Drafts
BGN Mock Draft (sports00fan00) - Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
If Jordan Matthews remains in the slot most of the time, Strong will give the Eagles a big target down the field and in the redzone that can go up and make a play on the ball.
FanSpeak (Custom) - T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
You know the deal by know. The Eagles get an athletic offensive lineman in the first who can play guard before shifting to tackle in the future.
SB Nation (Dan Kadar) - 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.
PhillyVoice (Jimmy Kempski) - La'el Collins, OT, LSU
With power runners like Murray and Mathews in the backfield, it makes sense to add a more physical presence to the interior of the line. That's not to say the Eagles have to change what they do. They still have more than their share of players who can get up to the second level or out in front of backs and receivers in the screen game. But they don't have anyone they can really feel great about running behind in those important drive-extending short yardage situations. Collins can be that for the Eagles, and oh by the way, it's not as if he can't hold his own in the athleticism department. Athletically, at a minimum, he'd be an upgrade over the recently departed Todd Herremans.
ESPN In$ider (Mel Kiper Jr.) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
You're going to get mixed reviews on Collins, but there won't be much debate about whether he's the top safety in the draft. The concern will be that he's not as good when he's in coverage away from the line of scrimmage, but if you're looking for a safety who can essentially act as an extra linebacker when you need one, Collins is a great get at this point on the board. He'll be able to line up on tight ends and in the slot, tackles extremely well for the position and is ready to help a defense right now. You just can't expect him to chase burners around 30 yards downfield, and he has only so-so hands for the position. Still, I'm taking him thinking my defense just got better.
ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) - Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
NJ.com (Matt Lombardo) - Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
After the Eagles' free agent spending spree largely ignored the position (Miles Austin signing notwithstanding), Strong fills a void and does so in a big way. At 6-foot-2, 217 pounds, Strong has the size Chip Kelly covets from the position along with the versatility to play in the slot or outside.
NJ.com (Mark Eckel) - Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Strong, 6-2, 217, draws favorable comparisons to current Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews, and we all know how much Kelly likes him. Strong caught 82 passes for 1,165 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Sun Devils last year. He's also one of the most ready to play receivers in the draft.
NJ.com (Eliot Shorr-Parks) - Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
I have been pretty persistent in saying that if the Eagles are sitting on the clock at No. 20, and safety Landon Collins if off the board, the pick will be USC WR Nelson Agholor. Agholor has "Chip Kelly guy" written all over him, and won't be on the board with the team's second round pick. Agholor can play the inside and outside, and will add a playmaker to an Eagles' receiving unit that is one short after losing Maclin. Agholor's off-the-field personality makes him the pick over Strong.
CSN Philly (Chris Steuber) - Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF
The early run on wide receivers will cause the Eagles to take a hard look at who’s available on the board. Perriman (6-2, 212) is the choice, as his stock is on a meteoric rise. His size, speed and game-breaking ability translate well to what Chip Kelly desires in his offense.
Draft Breakdown (Luke Easterling) - Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
Big, athletic and versatile, Jones seems like a perfect fit for the Eagles at this pick. Jones could easily start at either safety or corner for the Eagles, upgrading either spot considerably.
Scout (Jamie Newberg) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
What the heck has gotten into Chip Kelly? He guided his team to a 10-win season but they missed the playoffs. Last month he traded his starting quarterback away (Nick Foles) to St. Louis for Sam Bradford. He also shipped running back Shady McCoy to Buffalo for inside linebacker Kiko Alonso. The Eagles let Jeremy Maclin go [to KC] via free agency. Philadelphia did get secondary help with the signing of Byron Maxwell . Then Philly made a huge splash with the signing NFL offensive MVP in running back DeMarco Murray. They also agreed to terms with another running back in Ryan Matthews. The Eagles need another wide receiver but also have to get better in the secondary. Here they draft the top safety in former Alabama standout Landon Collins.
CBS Sports (Rob Rang) - Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
Coach Chip Kelly has continued to travel across the country to watch cornerbacks even after his Eagles signed free agent Byron Maxwell to a massive free agent deal. Jones' stock continues to rise after terrific workouts at the Scouting Combine and his pro day.
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 (Chris Trapasso) - Jake Fisher, OL, Oregon
The Philadelphia Ducks add another member. With Todd Herremans gone, Jason Peters in his mid-30's and a ton of offseason trade rumors about guard Evan Mathis, Chip Kelly adds a powerful and agile offensive lineman to the fold … oh, and he knows the system.
CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) - Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
Keeping Collins here since the Eagles need secondary help. He is a bigger corner who could pair with Byron Maxwell.
NFL.com (Charley Casserly) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Cornerback is a possibility here, but Collins fills a major need on defense.
NFL.com (Charles Davis) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
We are all still waiting to see just how the Eagles manipulate their way into getting Marcus Mariota, but short of that occurring, Collins fits very well as a big-time thumper with range.
SI.com (Don Banks) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Sure, I can see how much Philly needs someone to fill the No. 1 receiver role vacated by the departed Jeremy Maclin. I just can’t see any real candidates at No. 20, the way this scenario breaks down. That makes it easy to opt for Collins, given the thin state of the Eagles’ safety depth chart. It’ll be easier to find a quality receiver than a quality safety in rounds 2 and beyond.
Yahoo! Sports (Eric Edholm) - Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
Chip Kelly is all about long, explosive athletes and the 6-foot-1, 199-pound (and 32-inch-armed) Jones is a perfect example of what he’s looking for, and at a need position to boot. Jones is instinctive — one scout we talked to compared him to Devin McCourty coming out of Rutgers — with positional flexibility at safety, which he played earlier in his career, and corner. If you watch Jones play in 2013 before a season-ending shoulder injury in 2014, it’s clear he has big-time ability.
S Landon Collins (5)
CB Byron Jones (4)
WR Jaelen Strong (3)
WR Breshad Perriman (1)
WR Nelson Agholor (1)
OLB Randy Gregory (1)
CB Jalen Collins (1)
OT T.J. Clemmings (1)
OT Jake Fisher (1)
WR - 7
S - 5
CB - 5
OT - 2
OLB - 1