The 2015 NFL Draft is fast approaching! Just a few more weeks to go. 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.
2015 NFL Mock Drafts
SB Nation NFL Writer's Mock Draft (Brandon Lee Gowton) - Jake Fisher, OL, Oregon
Marcus Mariota may be off the board, but luckily for Chip Kelly he can still draft an Oregon player at No. 20. Duck Bias aside, Fisher is a pick that makes a lot of sense for Philadelphia. The Eagles could potentially enter 2015 with both of their starting guards from 2014 out of the picture. Todd Herremans was already released, and Evan Mathis is rumored to be traded or cut. Fisher could immediately step in as a starter on Philadelphia’s offensive line. The 6'6", 306-pound senior is a great athlete who is a proven fit for Kelly’s system. The Eagles like their offensive linemen to be versatile, and Fisher fits the bill.
More than just filling a short-term need, this pick also makes sense in the long term. The Eagles could draft Fisher to immediately fill in at guard before moving him out to right tackle in the future, if/when Jason Peters retires and Lane Johnson takes Peters' place at left tackle.
FanSpeak (Custom) - T.J Clemmings, OL, Pittsburgh
The Eagles can draft Clemmings to play guard before eventually moving him out to tackle after Jason Peters retires. Clemmings could help Philadelphia's run game get back on track.
SB Nation (Dan Kadar) - D.J. Humphries, OL, Florida
If Eagles head coach Chip Kelly wants an athletic offensive tackle, he won’t find a better one that Humphries. Sure, some players had better pro day and combine numbers, but they don’t have the on-field footwork Humphries does. He could be the team’s future at left tackle."
ESPN In$ider (Todd McShay) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama
The Eagles have been very active in free agency and via trades so far this offseason, adding QB Sam Bradford, RB DeMarco Murray, LB Kiko Alonso and CBs Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond, among others. Receiver and outside linebacker are need areas, but I'll have them address the safety position with Collins, who is an athletic strong safety prospect built like a weakside linebacker who can hold up in coverage and be a force for Philly in run support.
The MMQB (Peter King) - Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Chip Kelly then fills in the receiver slots with some Riley Coopers and Miles Austin.
NFL.com (Bucky Brooks) - Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
The Eagles want to upgrade the secondary to better handle the explosive offenses that reside in the NFC. Collins is a long, rangy press corner with the potential to blossom into a premier player at the position.
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.
CBS Sports (Dane Brugler) - Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
Few saw the Eagles drafting Marcus Smith in the first round last year and coach Chip Kelly could surprise again this year with Rowe. Philadelphia needs help in the secondary and Rowe offers versatility at both corner and safety.
CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) - Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
Last week, Chip Kelly said fixing the defense is the top priority. They have to get better coming off the edge.
CBS Sports (Will Brinson) - Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon - (Trade up to No. 12)
It would be pretty hysterical if Chip Kelly made the bold move to trade up in the first round of the draft to grab one of his former players and that player wasn't Mariota. Philly and Cleveland talked trade earlier in the year with respect to Sam Bradford. This deal wouldn't include any quarterback swapping or a first-round pick.
NJ.com (Matt Lombardo) - Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
Even after signing Walter Thurmond, the Eagles may still need an outside cornerback, especially if Brandon Boykin is traded. Chip Kelly attended LSU's Pro Day and Collins, at 6-foot-1, 203 pounds, is the ideal size to play outside in the Eagles' defense.
Josh Huff is shredded and a lot more explosive
After some rookie struggles, the Eagles' sophomore receiver could be geared for a breakout season.
NJ.com (Eliot Shorr-Parks) - Jake Fisher, OL, Oregon
This was a tough spot for the Eagles, and with Collins off the board, they might be better off trading the pick. If they stay at No. 20, Strong is a good option, but they can land a talented receiver later. Dupree was given serious consideration, as was Benardrick McKinney of Texas A&M. But taking a pass rusher for the second straight season didn't make much sense, even if Marcus Smith was a bust. In the end, Jake Fisher is the best option, as he can start right away, fill a big hole, and hopefully take over for Jason Peters in a few years. It isn't an exciting pick, but it feels like a safe one.
NJ.com (Marc Eckel) - Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
First, Andy Reid steals away Alabama safety Landon Collins, at 18. Then somehow West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White falls to 19 where Cleveland takes him. That's all right, the Eagles still get a wide receiver who fits the offense and is almost a clone of last year's top rookie, Jordan Matthews. Strong, a 6-2, 217-pound Philadelphia native, plays as his name suggests. He also has excellent hands, can get yards after the catch and can line up in the slot or outside. Last year for the Sun Devils he caught 82 passes, 10 for touchdowns. All of a sudden wide receiver is not longer a problem.
CSN Philly (Geoff Mosher) - Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
Chip Kelly won’t get Marcus Mariota, but I’m not sold that Sam Bradford is his quarterback beyond 2015. Hundley is a project and won’t be ready to start right away, but he has the ideal skill set for Kelly’s offense and the UCLA scheme features plenty of read-option. Hundley can sit behind Bradford next season and be groomed to take over in 2016. First round is high, but quarterbacks always go higher than they should and there’s no problem with reaching for a quarterback if he’s the ideal scheme fit. I have a hunch Kelly’s first draft as de facto general manager will be rife with unconventional scheme and "culture" fits that won’t go over well with the national analysts.
CSN Philly (Chris Steuber) - Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)
It’s possible that the Eagles will try to trade up in the first round, especially if a player they covet unexpectedly slides. But if they decide to stay put and make their selection at No. 20, Rollins is a perfect fit in their secondary. A four-year starter on the hardwood, Rollins played only one year of college football as a fifth-year senior. However, he proved to be a quick study and dominated the MAC as he earned Defensive Player of the Year. Rollins is still developing his overall game, but his natural ball skills, instincts, awareness and physical approach make him an intriguing prospect at the safety position. He lined up at cornerback for the RedHawks this past season and could play on the perimeter at the next level, although he should be viewed as the top free safety in this year’s draft.
DE Arik Armstead - 2
OL Jake Fisher - 2
CB Jalen Collins - 2
WR Jaelen Strong - 2
OL T.J. Clemmings - 1
OL D.J. Humphries - 1
S Landon Collins - 1
CB Eric Rowe - 1
OLB Eli Harold - 1
CB Quinten Rollins - 1
QB Brett Hundley - 1
OL - 4
CB - 4
WR - 2
DE - 2
OLB - 1
S - 1
QB - 1
Offense - 7
Defense - 8