The 2015 NFL Draft is now only one (!) day away. Thanks to a BGN poll from Tuesday, we now know which position BGN thinks the Eagles will draft first. Cornerback was the winner at 38%. Wide receiver (24%) and quarterback (18%) were the next closest.
Let's look at some of the top cornerback targets that could be in play for the Eagles in the first round.
Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Many think Waynes will be the top cornerback selected this year. With that in mind, it doesn't seem likely he'll be available for the Eagles unless they trade up.
Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
Byron Jones seems like the strong favorite to be selected by the Eagles if they stay at No. 20. The Eagles have shown a ton of interest in the UConn captain leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft. Kelly (along with defensive coordinator Bill Davis and two high-ranking Eagles personnel executives) personally attended his pro day. The Birds also brought him to Philadephia on a pre-draft visit. Most recently, the Eagles sent a group of coaches to UConn to privately work him out. Jones makes a lot of sense for the Eagles from a talent, scheme, and culture perspective.
Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
The Eagles hosted Johnson on a pre-draft visit. The 22-year-old senior seems big enough at 6-0, 188 pounds to fit what Philadelphia likes in their outside cornerbacks. Mike Mayock ranks Johnson as his No. 2 cornerback only behind Waynes.
Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
ESPN's Mel Kiper recently mocked Peters to the Eagles. Peters might fit from a size and skill perspective (not to mention Chip Kelly's Pac-12 bias), but he certainly doesn't seem to fit from a culture standpoint. There are some serious character concerns with Peters.
Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
Collins is raw but some draft analysts seem to be intrigued by his combination of size and athleticism. The Eagles had Collins in for a pre-draft visit. Recent reports indicate Collins has failed multiple drug tests, so that could be a red flag. Mayock has Collins as his No. 4 best corner.
Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
The Eagles have shown a lot of interest in this Utah safety. Rowe has the versatility, size, and athleticism the Eagles like in their defensive backs. Rowe played at cornerback his first three seasons before switching to safety as a senior.