After what has seemed like an eternity, the first day of the 2015 NFL Draft is finally here! Everyone is anxious to see what the Philadelphia Eagles will do now that head coach Chip Kelly has full control of all personnel decisions. The rumors have been spreading like wild fire that the Eagles are trying to trade up with the Tennessee Titans for the second overall pick to draft Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. While it seemed like a pipe dream months ago, there still appears to be a chance that the Eagles and Kelly pull off the blockbuster deal to land Mariota in midnight green. Everyone is rushing to get out their final draft predictions and whatnot, all that and more in this morning’s serving of Bacon, Eggs and Eagles!
Eagles “doing all they can” to get Mariota – Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com
"In less than 24 hours, we’ll know whether the Eagles trade up to get quarterback Marcus Mariota. For now, we know they want to.Per a league source, the Eagles are “doing all they can” to make the move from No. 20.Presumably, they’re trying to get to No. 2, via a trade with the Titans. The persistent interest the Browns have in Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford coupled with Cleveland’s pair of first-round picks could allow the Eagles to pull this off without giving up too much."
Mariota or No Mariota, Expect the Unexpected for the Philadelphia Eagles – Bryn Swartz of BleacherReport.com
"After months of speculation, the NFL draft, the offseason version of the Super Bowl, is just one day away. The talk in Philadelphia, of course, continues to center around whether Eagles head coach Chip Kelly can find a way to pull off a massive draft day trade for his former Heisman quarterback Marcus Mariota.The Eagles, currently scheduled to pick 20th in the first round, would likely need to move up to the number one overall pick to guarantee that they draft their future franchise quarterback. After all, there’s still speculation that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could select Mariota with their top pick. ESPN’s Ron Jaworski reported recently that his sources are telling him that Mariota will be the top pick. This piece by Joe Murgia does a great job of telling why and how the Buccaneers could shock the world by drafting Mariota."
2015 NFL draft: More Mariota rumors, Mayock’s stunning Eagles pick – Andy Schwartz of CSNPhilly.com
"Sick of it all yet?We know you are.But you clicked didn’t you?Thankfully, it’s almost over.The Marcus Mariota mania finish line is in sight.But in case you’ve missed anything, here’s the latest:According to ProFooballTalk.com, citing a league source Wednesday night, the Eagles are “doing all they can” to get Mariota.Think we’ve heard something like that before — maybe January, February, March, earlier this month, even earlier Wednesday — but not sure."
Building the Eagles’ big board: 65 players of interest, ranked by round – PhillyVoice.com
"By the time the Eagles whittle down their draft board from thousands of college prospects to the players they deem draftable, their board should have about 180 names on it. Below, we’ll take a look at 65 players the Eagles are most likely to target in the 2015 NFL Draft. First a snapshot of my 65-man draft board, which you can enlarge here:"
As Draft Nears, What’s True Or False? – Dave Spadaro of PhiladelphiaEagles.com
"A disclaimer to begin: I don’t know what the Eagles are going to do with this 2015 NFL draft. I don’t know how the board looks in the draft room. I think only Jeffrey Lurie, Chip Kelly and Ed Marynowitz truly know the plan.That said, it is with great anticipation and excitement that I look forward to the proceedings on Thursday through Saturday and, honestly, the post-draft frenzy of signing players who weren’t selected.The Eagles have eight picks in the seven rounds, including the 20th selection in Round 1. There are some needs for this football team that seem fairly obvious — the Eagles could use some ooomph at wide receiver, some depth along the offensive line, answers in the secondary. Another pass rusher or two is something that every team desires.But “obvious” isn’t the conversation at this time of the year, not with the usual pre-draft hysteria combined with an offseason of franchise-rattling personnel moves that have been made. The Eagles are mentioned in just about every extraordinary scenario tossed around by the media in the hours leading up to Tampa Bay kicking things off “on the clock.”"
It appears that a move up for Mariota isn’t the only possibility of an Eagles’ trade on draft day. According to this report by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Eagles are open to trading two of their best young defensive players, cornerback Brandon Boykin and linebacker Mychal Kendricks.