Jan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) scrambles against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2015 CFP National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Here is the second 2015 NFL Mock Draft of the season for us here at Inside the Iggles. One year later and the Philadelphia Eagles needs haven’t changed too much. They still need two new starting cornerbacks, a pass rusher, an inside linebacker and depth along the offensive line. Oh yeah, those guys they call quarterbacks might help as well.
All joking aside, the Eagles have their fair share of needs even though they’re coming off back to back seasons with double digit wins. It’s unlikely that they’ll be able to trade up for either top quarterback in the draft, Florida State’s Jameis Winston and the golden boy, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.
But as far as the other needs go, the birds will likely be able to find some help in the first round. There are some off the field questions surrounding the top cornerback prospects with Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes being the best of the bunch and clean off the field. Sadly, Waynes may not make it to the Eagles and their 20th overall pick so they may have to go in a different direction in the first round. Now let’s get to the mock draft!
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It appears as many have settled on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston as the first overall pick and Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith certainly seemed okay with Winston’s off the field issues. But that is also what makes me lean towards former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota with this pick. He’s the “safer” pick and can step in immediately and be the face of a franchise. His running ability also would add another layer to the Bucs anemic offense.
2. Tennessee Titans
Quarterback, Florida State
Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt
certainly didn’t give quarterback Zach Mettenberger
a ringing endorsement at the combine, so drafting a quarterback is not out of the question here. Jameis Winston has questions off the field but he has the potential to be the franchise quarterback that the Titans have been searching for. Winston is considered the most “pro ready” quarterback in the draft and Whisenhunt seems to prefer a more traditional pocket quarterback which Winston would obviously fit.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Defensive End, Nebraska
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley could certainly use a pass rushing weapon on his defense. Nebraska’s Randy Gregory would be exactly that since he could line up at a multitude of positions both standing up or with his hand in the dirt. Either way, Gregory has the size at 6-6, 240 lbs. and talent to step in and be a dominant defensive player from the start.
4. Oakland Raiders
Defensive Tackle, Southern California
Everyone and their mother has the Raiders taking a wide receiver with this pick. But if a player like USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams
falls to them, it may be tough to pass on him. Williams has actually said he would love to play for the Raiders
, which is shocking. Since when do people actually want to play in Oakland? Either way, Williams would be a versatile difference maker up front that would form a dominant defensive duo with last year’s first round pick, linebacker Khalil Mack
5. Washington Redskins
Dante Fowler Jr.
Outside Linebacker, Florida
is set to hit free agency and the Redskins can really use a pass rusher to replace him. Former Gator Dante Fowler Jr. is a player on the rise that has proven he can rush the passer at a very high level. Praised for his high motor, Fowler is also relentless against the run as well, which would be a more than welcome addition to the Washington defense.
6. New York Jets
Wide Receiver, Alabama
Sadly for the Jets, neither of the top two quarterbacks fall to them in this mock draft. But they do get who many believe is the top wide receiver in the draft, Alabama’s Amari Cooper. The Jets signed Eric Decker
to a big deal in free agency and made a trade for Percy Harvin
but neither is truly a #1 wide receiver. Cooper would change all that and give the Jets a cornerstone at wide receiver for years to come.
7. Chicago Bears
Defensive Tackle, Washington
Newly hired head coach John Fox announced the team will be switching to a 3-4 defense
under his watch. That means the team has to sure up the front of their defense and their isn’t a better nose tackle in the draft than Washington’s Danny Shelton. Drawing comparisons to Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe
, Shelton is a freak athlete for his size at 6-2, 339 lbs.
8. Atlanta Falcons
Defensive End, Missouri
If there’s one thing the Falcons absolutely have to address this off-season, it’s their pass rush. New head coach Dan Quinn has a defensive background and will likely focus on that side of the ball with their first round pick. Missouri defensive end Shane Ray is one of the best pass rushers in the draft and would immediately give the Falcons a boost in the aspect of the game.
9. New York Giants
Offensive Tackle, Iowa
The Giants need help along both lines, but with the premier pass rushers gone, it only makes sense for them to take the best offensive lineman in the draft, Iowa’s Brandon Scherff. Many believe Scherff is best off as a guard at the next level but either way, the Giants can use help at almost every position along their offensive line.
10. St. Louis Rams
Wide Receiver, West Virginia
Although the Rams may need help along the offensive line more, passing up on West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White will be tough. Some are starting to believe that White is the best receiver in the draft and he has the size and skillset to make the case. At 6-3, 210 lbs., White has the mold of a #1 wide receiver and fill a need that the Rams have had at the position for quite a while.