May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the stage and podium before the start of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Its time for Inside the Iggles weekly 2015 NFL Mock Draft. This is our post-combine edition with new players in the mix. Of course Oregon Ducks Marcus Mariota is still a hot topic for any Eagles fan or sports writer as misplaced as that topic may be, it just will not go away.
The Philadelphia Eagles have a glaring need in their secondary. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher is heading out to free agency world and none too soon. Cornerback Cary Williams could still be with the Eagles when all is said and done. No rumors of his departure can be found anywhere.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Even though Jameis Winston went first off the big board a couple of weeks ago, and even though he said everything right and looked great at the 2015 NFL Combine questions still remain about his character. Mariota performed well at the Combine and he has no questions about his character. Easy choice for a team that needs a quarterback now.
2. Tennessee Titans
Defensive Tackle, Southern California
Williams would be a great pick up for the Titans. He’s quick and will cause problems for inside linemen and his strength will be more than a lot of offensive tackles can handle. He isn’t the magic bullet but he’s a good building block.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Dante Fowler Jr.
The Jaguars need help all over the place. But they cannot pass up on Fowler. He was used as a defensive tackle, corner pass rusher and dropped back in to coverage. His versatility is his great asset. Could be a little stronger at the point of attack but that can be remedied.
4. Oakland Raiders
Offensive Tackle, LSU
He’s a big guy. He’s usually difficult to move and can have his way with defenders. A little patience is needed as sometimes he lunges for defenders and gets off balance.
5. Washington Redskins
Running Back, Texas
His quickness will fool you when you look at him. For such a huge guy he gets off the ball quickly, always keeping his eyes up and on the ball. May need to increase strenght to take on those huge offensive lines in the NFL
6. New York Jets
Quarterback, Florida State
Physically and athletically one of the best quarterbacks in the draft since Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck
. In the locker room and on the sideline he leads his team. Doesn’t crack under pressure. But those off-field issues loom big. The Jets are desparate for a quarterback and they are willing to roll the dice with Winston.
7. Chicago Bears
Defensive End, Missouri
Quick off the snap. Very athletic and has been rumored to run a 4.4 40 yard dash. Very quick. But his position awareness is lacking. He needs to become a student of the game this offseason to become elite. He has the physical skills but relies too much on them and not thinking through plays as other teams line.
8. Atlanta Falcons
Defensive End, Nebraska
His long frame serves him will when he can block a pass. But he can be pushed around the field as lineman can get under his pads. Needs to develop speed into power and use his hands more effectively.
9. New York Giants
Wide Receiver, Alabama
He can get off the ball quickly and create separation from cornerbacks. Not as fast as some other receivers in the draft but a very good receiver.
10. St. Louis Rams
Offensive Tackle, Iowa
He’s a beast on the line. Can create holes at will for running backs to shoot through. He may need a little work when adjusting to pass protection but overall a good pick for the Rams