Jeremy Maclin surprised everyone by signing with the Chiefs (i.e. sabotaging his career). The Eagles will probably take a receiver in the first three rounds, and Chip Kelly is very familiar with this Pac-12 receiver. I went back and forth between Jaelen Strong and Nelson Agholor. If you didn't see it, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com wrote a great article about why he thinks Agholor will be Philadelphia's selection. I went with Strong because I have him higher on my board, but I could definitely see this pick being Agholor.
Rd. 2, Pk. 20
Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
Eric Rowe, whose stock has risen lately, is the type of impressive, tall athlete Chip Kelly likes having in his defense. The Eagles are obviously looking for a cornerback to help their putrid secondary.
Rd. 3, Pk. 20
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
Chip Kelly would probably suffer a seizure if he went this long without obtaining one of his former players. The Eagles could double up at cornerback considering the need.
Rd. 4, Pk. 14
Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford
Here's another receiver for the Eagles. Perhaps Chip Kelly would take someone else he's familiar with.
Rd. 5, Pk. 9
Jordan Richards, S, Stanford
The Eagles will have to spend multiple picks on defensive backs, including one on a safety. The team needs help next to Malcolm Jenkins.
Rd. 5, Pk. 20
Mark Glowinski, G, West Virginia
It's been rumored that the Eagles want to trade Evan Mathis. That doesn't make sense, given that Mathis is one of the top guards in the NFL, but nothing Chip Kelly has done this offseason has been very logical.
The Eagles let Jeremy Maclin leave in free agency, and Riley Cooper may not be around much longer. Adding another big receiver to pair with Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff makes sense. Strong seems like a Chip Kelly-type target.
Strong (6-2, 217) has quickness to go with his excellent size. He recorded 82 receptions for 1,165 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. In three of his games, Strong totaled more than 140 yards receiving, plus he played well against Stanford while seeing bracket coverage.
Strong is tremendous on back-shoulder receptions, which are a very popular route in NFL offenses these days. He is excellent at using his size/strength advantage to block out the defenders for completions.
Strong was a beast for Arizona State in 2013 - his first season of playing time. He had six 100-yard games in a year that was highlighted by a 12-reception, 168-yard performance against Stanford. In 2013, Strong amassed 75 receptions for 1,122 yards with seven scores while playing injured.
Rd. 2, Pk. 20
Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
The Eagles could use some help at guard, so Chip Kelly could kick Fisher to the inside.
Fisher played well in 2014. With Tyler Johnstone tearing an ACL in the preseason, Fisher moved from right tackle to left tackle. The senior was impressive against Michigan State and edge rusher Shilique Calhoun, who is an effective pass-rusher. Fisher's stock has improved with his display of versatility.
Fisher (6-6, 306) played well for the Ducks in 2013 by opening up a lot of holes on the ground. Against Stanford, UCLA and Texas, he had some rough moments in pass protection. Fisher also missed a few games with injuries as a junior.
Rd. 3, Pk. 20
James Sample, SS, Louisville
The Eagles grab some safety help.
All the attention in 2014 went to teammate Gerod Holliman as he led the nation in interceptions. However, Sample also impressed talent evaluators, and he showed a combination of size (6-2, 209) and athleticism. Sample notched 88 tackles with eight passes broken up and four interceptions in 2014.
Sample took a long road to break out at Louisville. He started out at the University of Washington in 2012 and 2011. Sample then played one season at American River College after his stay at Washington and before transferring to Louisville. Sample is a sleeper prospect, and don't be surprised if a buzz starts building around him.
Rd. 4, Pk. 14
Jacoby Glenn, CB, Central Florida
The Eagles grab some more secondary competition.
Glenn (6-0, 179) has some size to go along with man-coverage and ball skills. The redshirt sophomore recorded 48 tackles with seven interceptions, 11 passes broken up and one forced fumble in 2014. Glenn could end up rising during the draft process. As a freshman, he had 52 tackles with two interceptions and 15 passes broken up.
The Eagles definitely need help in the secondary and if Collins slides past the Bears and Panthers he could be a great value pick for the Birds. Pairing Jenkins and Collins would solidify the safeties in Philly. The natural comparisons for Collins will be Clinton-Dix and Barron but he is better than both former Bama safeties. Barron was a hitter, while HaHa roamed the field better. Collins does both great as well as being a very sure tackler and seeming to always be around the ball. He is a flat out football player who will find success at the next level regardless of scheme.
TRADE: Eagles trade Sam Bradford No. 20 pick and 5th Rd pick etc.
Titans trade No. 2 overall pick and 4th round pick.
Eagles get what they want, Titans get what they want. It's a win win. Makes a lot of sense too. Sam doesn't fit Chip's offense, and Sam could be plagued by another bad team.
The Eagles have serious issues in their secondary that will require fixing this offseason. With top CB Trae Waynes off the board, the Eagles could turn their attention to the talented but troubled Peters. Marcus Peters has seen his stock fall after being kicked off the Washington Football Program earlier this season, but he has a good chance to rebuild his image throughout the draft process. I read an interesting piece the other day, suggesting Chip Kelly is more than willing to take risks, and if it backfires, he would bolt back to college. If thats the case, expect a trade that mortgages the Eagles future to trade up for Mariota, Kelly's college QB. If they stay put, the Eagles won't hesitate to select the troubled corner if they believe he can help them win.
Carroll and Boykin are best suited for a nickel corner role, while Bradley Fletcher will most likely be gone in free agency. The Eagles desperately need a corner outside opposite of Cary Williams. Trae Waynes is arguably the best corner prospect in the draft having been the top cornerback in one of the best defenses in college football. Scouts say that Waynes is better than former Mich. St. standout Darqueze Dennard, who was taken 24th overall by Cincinnati in last years draft. Waynes possesses excellent size and length, and played confidently on an island at Mich. St. He has the athleticism and ball skills necessary to play at a very high level in the NFL. Although he may need to add a little weight, he has the ability to start outside on day 1.
The Eagles sadly are not able to trade up for Mariota, I think all NFL fans want to see that happen, however their secondary was atrocious last season and even with the signings of Maxwell and Thurmond they could still use some help. Collins is a little raw but he has the size teams are looking from press CB's these days and can take time to develop as you don't want to rush CB's into the field because once they start giving up too many catches it's hard to get confidence back. Collins has the highest upside of the remaining CB's with his size (6'1 205) and superb hip movement (6.77 second 3 cone drill) His only drawback is that he's only had 10 career starts at LSU.