Chip Kelly has stated it over and over again. He’s not going to mortgage the future to move up and grab Mariota in the top-5. With this being said, lets take a look at just some of the potential picks that can make an instant impact with the Eagles by staying put at #20.
- Landon Collin, S, Alabama
A stud safety from Alabama would be the perfect addition to this secondary. At 6-0, 228lbs, Collins would add some physicality to the Eagles defensive backfield. Collins plays a downhill, aggressive style of defense and is a sure wrap-up tackler. While not the fastest of defenders Collins plays well in zone defense and is physical enough to match up against tight ends and slot receivers in the NFL. Most mock drafts believe Collins is a mid round prospect, so the Eagles may have to sweat it out for him, much like they tried to do with Clinton-Dix a year ago.
- Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Bill Davis demands size, speed, and the ability to play man coverage in all of his starting cornerbacks, and at 6-0, 186lbs, Trae Waynes offers all of that. There’s a whole lot to love about Waynes. At Michigan State he was asked to play on an island, and did so with success surrendering only two touchdowns in the last two years with the Spartans. Waynes was also the fastest cornerback at the draft, registering a 4.31 second 40-yard dash time. In a division with Desean Jackson and Odell Beckham Jr, speed definitely matters in the secondary. In the long list of potential corners drafted in the first round, I believe Trae Waynes fits what the Eagles want perfectly.
- Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
With the departure of Jeremy Maclin and the extreme decline of Riley Cooper’s production in 2014, Eagles should be in the hunt for a wide receiver in the first few rounds of the draft. Jaelen Strong seems like the perfect fit for the Eagles. At 6-2, 217lbs, Strong fits in well with Chip Kelly’s belief of “big people beat up little people”. Strong has the physicality, length and hands to consistently win 50-50 balls with defenders, something the Eagles haven’t had in a long time at receiver. Strong reminds me a lot of Marques Colston in the way that the combination of size/athleticism makes them a mismatch nightmare. The Arizona State coaching staff has also raved about his work ethic, labeling him the hardest worker on the team. For what it’s worth, Strong is also a Philadelphia native, graduating from West Catholic in 2011. Strong has been projected all over the place, from mid-first round all the way to a second round pick.
- Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
For those of you aren’t sold on Sam Bradford and who desperately wanted to see Marcus Mariota dawn Eagles green, Hundley may be a good consolation prize. At 6-3, 228lbs, Hundley looks the part of a franchise QB, and certainly has the arm for it as well. Hundley has a smooth throwing motion with a strong, accurate arm to reach targets anywhere on the field. What might make him a perfect fit for Chip is his elusiveness and vision. Hundley feels pressure well and has shown the ability to step up in the pocket and make throws. There’s no question in the right offense Hundley could excel as dual-threat in the NFL. Hundley also took mostly every snap in the shotgun at UCLA and was counted on to make pre-snap reads, something this Eagles offense counts on heavily. Originally pegged as a second round pick, Hundley has been climbing up boards ever since the combine and many mock’s now have him sliding into the first round.