Philadelphia Eagles 2015 Mock Draft Series Pt. 1


January 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Trae Waynes (15) celebrates after he intercepts a pass against the Stanford Cardinal during the second half at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Its never to early for a Philadelphia Eagles 2015 Mock Draft. As part of a new series, I wanted to start an early season look at some 2015 NFL Draft candidates for the Philadelphia Eagles. We are now nearing the half way point of the NFL season and if you’re anything like me, I am already starting my NFL Draft prep.

Sep 27, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Trae Waynes (15) stands on field between plays during the 1st half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles are having a interesting year. The Eagles have had to battle injuries and their high powered offense has been hit or miss, but the biggest weakness the Philadelphia Eagles have is the cornerback position. The Eagles defense has been below average for the past couple of seasons and their  lack of a true #1 cornerback is becoming more evident. The lack of cornerback talent has led me to my first choice for part 1 of my Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft series.

For part 1 of my 2015 Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft series, I wanted to focus on Michigan State cornerback, Trae Waynes.

Waynes has the size that Head Coach Chip Kelly loves in a defensive player. Through 7 weeks of College football Waynes current stats look like this:

★ 2 interceptions
★ 6 pass deflections
★ 1 fumble recovery
★ 23 total tackles (2 tackles for loss)
★ 1 sack

Those numbers show some serious versatility from the cornerback position. Waynes is the leader of the Michigan State Spartans defense that ranks 34th in points allowed in all of college football, giving up about 21 points per game. Waynes has size, speed and plays very good man coverage. Eagles fans might be thinking that his tackle numbers are low, but Waynes doesn’t get tested much. Most opposing quarterbacks shy away from throwing to his side of the field.

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I never like to talk bad about players, especially Eagles players, but I think its safe to say that Cary Williams/Bradley Fletcher just aren’t getting the job done. The defense as a whole is playing better, and the week 6 game against the NY Giants proved that if our pass rush is playing at a high level, our secondary is respectable. The problem is that currently our pass rush is hit or miss and when it isn’t working, our corners get exposed.

Philadelphia needs a true shut down corner. A cornerback that eliminates half of the playing field just by being on the field. Trae Waynes could be that player. I for one would love to see Philadelphia spend a 1st round pick on a top caliber cornerback. If you haven’t seen Trae Waynes play, do yourself a favor and watch some tape on this guy, you won’t be disappointed. Better yet, watch a couple Michigan State games this season to get a feel for how this guy plays.

If you decide to watch some film on Trae Waynes, be sure to imagine him and Brandon Boykin as the starting cornerbacks for the Philadelphia Eagles! Be on the lookout for more from the 2015 Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft series.