Written by Ray Butler – @RayButlerII

The second installment of a three-part series previewing the 2015 Eagles’ Draft.

Notable Players at Positions of Need in the 2015 Draft

Note: All players listed are players I believe could be on the Eagles’ radar if available throughout the draft. Notes consist of scout consensus along with personable observations from watching games or film. 129 total players are listed below.

1) Safety

Total listed: 19

Byron Jones- 6’1 196 lbs.

Notes: My favorite prospect of the 2015 Draft. High-character player who checks all the boxes of a player that Chip Kelly values. Tape supports freakishly good measureables. While I would support the Eagles drafting him as a cornerback, I wholeheartedly believe he projects to be an upper-echelon NFL safety. Fits better in Eagles’ man coverage scheme as a safety than cornerback. Missed games last season due to injury. If the Eagles are targeting a safety with their first round pick, I believe Jones is the player.

Projection: Late first round

Eric Rowe- 6’1 205 lbs.

Notes: Long player who is physical enough to match up with tight ends in man coverage. Like Byron Jones, Rowe could play cornerback or safety in the NFL. Plus speed and can also be an asset in run support. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Second round

Landon Collins- 6’0 228 lbs.

Notes: Largely considered to be the best safety in the draft. Elite run support skills. Decent speed for large frame. Unfortunately, skillset does not translate into a good fit for the Eagles. Below average man coverage skills and struggles to locate the ball. Dropped multiple interceptions while at Alabama but made up for it with his consistent tackling.

Projection: First round

Damarious Randall- 5’11 196 lbs.

Notes: Overall size is the biggest issue here. Aggressive player with plus speed. Good hands for a safetyβ€”played wide receiver in JUCO. Missed tackles while at Arizona State when he was overly aggressive. Below average player at the line of scrimmage. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Second round

Jaquiski Tartt- 6’1 221 lbs.

Notes: Big player. Like Collins, Tartt is limited as a man coverage safety and therefore may not be a great fit in the Eagles’ defense. Physical player who is a plus tackler and an asset in run support.

Projection: Third round

Adrian Amos- 6’0 218 lbs.

Notes: Plus athleticism for the safety position. Above average at recognizing routes. Plus ability in coverage. Below average in run support. Takes poor pursuit angles at times. I am bullish on Amos, and if the Eagles choose to wait on drafting a safety or miss out on a target in the first few rounds of the draft, Amos is likely the team’s best remaining option.

Projection: Fourth round

Derron Smith- 5’10 200 lbs.

Notes: Plus skills in coverage. Not particularly fast for size. Undersized for an NFL safety and will struggle greatly to cover tight ends. Elite ball skills. Pursuit angles are below average. Tackling technique could use work

Projection: Late second round

Cody Prewitt- 6’2 208 lbs.

Notes: Plus instincts. Above average ability to cover crossing routes from the Robber position. Poor athleticism for his position. Below average ability in man coverage. Best suited in a defense with good cornerbacks.

Projected: Fourth round

Gerod Holliman- 6’0 218 lbs.

Notes: Fourteen interceptions in 2014 and won the Thorpe Award. Undisciplined player who is slow for his size. Twenty missed tackles last season. Will make great plays in the NFL but will also make horrific plays with little room left in between.

Projection: Late fourth round

Kurtis Drummond- 6’1 208 lbs.

Notes: Plus size for a safety. Plays faster than measureables suggest. Above average ability to recover when beaten. Poor tackler. Takes below average angles in pursuit. Allowed 9.1 yards per target in the 2014 season.

Projection: Early fifth round

Anthony Harris- 6’1 183 lbs.

Notes: Average ability as a cover safety. Good hands and ball skills for his position. Plus tackler. Will have to put on weight in the NFL. Can be blocked by receivers when defending the run.

Projection: Fifth round

Jordan Richards- 5’11 211 lbs.

Notes: Good frame for player with below average height. Elite hands. High points ball. Plus ability in pursuit. Biggest concern is lack of coverage skills. Recovery speed is below average. Slow to diagnose receiver routes at times. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Sixth round

Durrell Eskridge- 6’3 208 lbs.

Notes: Huge safety. Plus ability in run support. Average athleticism for size and position. Below average speed for an NFL safety. Ducks head too often when attempting to make tackles.

Projection: Sixth round

James Sample- 6’2 209 lbs.

Notes: Plus size for an NFL safety. Plays well from sideline to sideline. Takes good pursuit angles. Is susceptible to play action. Absorbs ball carriers at times. Needs more on field experience to polish coverage skills.

Projection: Sixth round

Erick Dargan- 5’11 210 lbs.

Notes: Intelligent player. Plus quickness and route recognition. Above average ability as a tackler. Below average speed and athleticism. Oregon and Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Seventh round

Chris Hackett- 6’0 195 lbs.

Notes: Plays under control and has plus ability in run support. Intelligent football player. Extremely slow for an NFL safety. Struggles to play sideline-to-sideline as a cover safety.

Projection: Seventh round

Ibraheim Campbell- 5’11 208 lbs.

Notes: Aggressive when near the football. Plus ability at forcing fumbles. Adequate in run support. High character player. Takes too long to read an offensive play. Poor ball skills. Does struggle with missed tackles at times.

Projection: Seventh round

Clayton Geathers- 6’2 218 lbs.

Notes: Plays quicker than measureables would suggest. Plus ability to close on ball. Welcomes contact. Too aggressive at times. Tends to be easily fooled by play action.

Projection: Seventh round

Anthony Jefferson- 6’1 198 lbs.

Notes: Rotated between cornerback and safety while at UCLA. Plus ability to cover tight ends and slot receivers. Takes good angles to the ball. Below average athleticism and speed. Struggles against slot receives with speed. Missed games throughout his career at UCLA with injuries. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Seventh round

2) Wide Receiver

Total listed: 34

Kevin White- 6’3 215 lbs.

Notes: Highest ceiling of any receivers in the 2015 Draft. Tremendous frame. Elite speed but can also out-physical cornerbacks and safeties. Disappeared at times during games while at West Virginia. Plus run blocker. Unrealistic option for the Eagles at pick 20.

Projection: Top 10 of first round

Amari Cooper- 6’1 211 lbs.

Notes: Highest floor of any receivers in the 2015 Draft. Targeted a ton last season at Alabama. Poor ability as a run blocker will allow defenses to favor the other side of the field in perimeter run support. Gets knocked for drops but catch-to-target ratio is well above average. Unrealistic option for the Eagles at pick 20.

Projection: Top 10 of first round

DeVante Parker- 6’3 209 lbs.

Notes: The most talented receiver who could possibly be available at pick 20. Great hands and runs well for his size. Absolutely dominant at times while at Louisville. Uses body to position himself while ball is in the air. Horrific run blocker who also needs to improve against hard coverage.

Projection: Middle first round

Nelson Agholor- 6’0 198 lbs.

Notes: High-motor player that is a plus route runner. Nice balance of speed and possession skills. Plus skill at separating from a defender. Disappeared at times during games during the 2014 season. Elite scramble-drill receiver. Gives effort as a run blocker. Exceptional punt returner in college. If the Eagles are targeting a receiver with their first round pick, Agholor will likely be the Eagles’ best realistic option. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Late first round

Jaelen Strong- 6’2 217 lbs.

Notes: Considered by many to have the best hands of any receiver in the draft. Used in slot and perimeter while at Arizona State. Uses body well and catches ball at high point. Drops occur when he catches ball with body rather than hands. Separation is a huge weakness. Not a great straight-line receiver. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: First round

Dorial Green-Beckham- 6’5 237 lbs.

Notes: Off-field red flags make him a risky draft pick. Tremendous frame for a receiver but can also challenge defenders vertically. Plus speed. Has best catch radius of any receiver in the draft. Surprisingly, does not often welcome contact and struggles against hard coverage. Plus hands.

Projection: Early second round

Phillip Dorsett- 5’10 185 lbs.

Notes: Elite speed and explosiveness. Primarily projects as a slot receiver in the NFL. Tends to rely on speed too much at times and will be susceptible to injuries with small frame. Misplays the ball at times. Superstar potential that the Eagles could draft in the second round if they draft a non-receiver in the first.

Projection: Second round

Breshad Perriman- 6’2 212 lbs.

Notes: Perhaps the most athletic pound-for-pound receiver in the draft. Elite speed. Plus separation skills. Plus run blocker. Biggest knock is unreliable hands. Struggles working back to the ball. Drops may limit his NFL potential. If he can put it all together, he can be a superstar.

Projection: Early second round

Devin Smith- 6’0 196 lbs.

Notes: Quick at the snap of the ball. Tremendous straight line speed and is one of the best downfield threats in the draft. Has tendency to catch ball with body. Struggles against hard coverage. Was primarily a downfield threat while at Ohio State. Like Dorsett, he could be a target in the second round for the Eagles if another position is drafted in the first.

Projection: Middle second round

Tyler Lockett- 5’9 182 lbs.

Notes: I am more bullish on Lockett than most. Plus potential as an NFL slot receiver. Smart, high character player. Above average at separating for his size. Plus run blocker. Struggles at times to catch the ball in traffic. If the Eagles choose to hold off until the third or fourth round to draft a wide receiver, it is likely because they view Lockett as a day-one starter in the slot.

Projection: Early fourth round

Chris Conley- 6’2 213 lbs.

Notes: Another receiver I am bullish on. Plus route runner who consistently catches the ball with his hands. Struggles against hard coverage. Drops too many passes. Played in run-heavy Georgia offense in college so potential is unclear. While Conley should not be one of the top-tier receiving options for the Eagles in the draft, if he lasts until the fourth round, I could see Chip Kelly pulling the trigger.

Projection: Fourth round

Sammie Coates- 6’1 212 lbs.

Notes: Freakishly strong and athletic for relatively small frame. High points the ball. Plus vertical route runner. Drops way too many passes and at times runs the wrong routes. Stiff at times. Raw receiver who can improve in the NFL.

Projection: Third round

Dezmin Lewis- 6’4 214 lbs.

Notes- Small school receiver I am bullish on. Uses length when making catches. Ran well at Pro-Day. Strong for his position. Concern over level of competition while he was at Central Arkansas. Needs to improve toughness.

Projection: Fourth round

Rashad Greene- 5’11 182 lbs.

Notes: Good at almost all wide receiver skills but great at almost nothing. Prospect with relatively high floor but low ceiling. Slow in comparison to most receivers in the draft. Can play outside or from the slot. Plus hands. Thin frame. Poor run blocker.

Projection: Third round

Devin Funchess- 6’4 232 lbs.

Notes: One of the bigger receivers in the draft. Plus speed for size. Tremendous red zone threat. Catches too many balls with his body. Loses too many β€œin between” battles for the ball. Horrific quarterback play while he was at Michigan.

Projection: Third round

Darren Waller- 6’6 238 lbs.

Notes: Late round prospect who I am bullish on. Plays to his plus height. Perhaps the best back-shoulder receiver in the draft. Could improve as run blocker for size. Elite speed for size. Raw route runner who will improve when away from the triple-option Georgia Tech offense. Waller could be an intriguing receiving option for the Eagles in the middle rounds of the draft.

Projection: Fourth round

Kenny Bell- 6’1 197 lbs.

Notes: Plus speed. Above average acceleration. Can take the top off of defenses. High points balls. Said to be an uber-competitor. Little value as a slot threat. Release could use some work.

Projection: Fifth round

Justin Hardy- 5’10 192 lbs.

Notes: Long player for relatively small frame. Plus run blocker. Played in air-raid system while at East Carolina and his route running is unpolished. Limited athleticism. Plus hands and an overall aggressive player. Slower end of the spectrum in comparison with other receivers in the draft.

Projection: Late fourth round

Ty Montgomery- 6’0 221 lbs.

Notes: While not tall, Montgomery is a big receiver. Great frame. Can play from outside or in the slot. Plus run blocker. Drops are a huge issue and he often attempts to catch the ball with his body. History of fumbles also a problem. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Fourth round

Tre McBride- 6’0 210 lbs.

Notes: Small school receiver with an excellent frame. Dominated opponents while the ball was in the air. Good speed. Plus ability as an in-traffic pass catcher. Tremendous hands and not afraid to take hits. Biggest concern is inability to separate. Level of competition while he was at William & Mary also a concern. Needs to improve route running. Poor man’s Jaelen Strong.

Projection: Fifth round

Tony Lippett- 6’2 192 lbs.

Notes: Started at both wide receiver and cornerback in college. Catches ball with hands. At his best when he catches the ball underneath and works up field. Upside as a red-zone threat. Struggles hauling in passes while in traffic. Slow route breaks will allow NFL corners to jump routes.

Projection: Fifth round

Vince Mayle- 6’2 224 lbs.

Notes: Big play receiver with plus size. Below average speed. Plus ability against tough coverage and can overpower small corners. Raw athlete who has little football playing experience. Will be a project in the NFL. Mayle may project to be a value pick for the Eagles on the third day of the draft. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Fifth round

Josh Harper- 6’1 191 lbs.

Notes: Elite acceleration. Plus hands. Smart player who understands zone coverage. Not afraid to take hits. Is not particularly fast. Needs improvement in route running and run blocking.

Projection: Sixth round

Austin Hill- 6’3 212 lbs.

Notes: Physical receiver with large frame. Poor speed for a wide receiver. Strong with the ball after the catch and welcomes contact. Elite run blocker. Can play on the outside or from the slot. Has injury concerns from his time at Arizona. Below average ability as a vertical receiver. Hill checks a lot of boxes when it comes to what Chip Kelly seems to value in a receiver, and I could see the Eagles using a sixth or seventh round pick on him. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Seventh round

Stefon Diggs- 6’0 195 lbs.

Notes: Excellent athlete. Plus route runner. High points the ball. Plus ability as an in-traffic pass catcher. Struggles against tough coverage. Afraid of contact. Below average run blocker. Was once a blue chip high-school recruit but never lived up to hype in college.

Projection: Fifth round

Devante Davis- 6’3 220 lbs.

Notes: Plus size for a receiver. Plus catch radius. Plus hands. Plus ability to track a deep ball. Below average athlete. Below average speed for a receiver. Struggles to separate at line of scrimmage. Could improve on ability to catch passes in traffic. Missed games during 2014 season due to wrist injury.

Projection: Sixth round

Antwan Goodley- 5’10 209 lbs.

Notes: Elite vertical receiver who can take the top of a defense. Elite explosiveness. Played outside, from the slot and even a little running back during the 2014 college football season. High points passes. Has too many drops and tries to catch the ball with his body too often. Underdeveloped route runner. Considered by most to be a project once in the NFL.

Projection: Sixth round

Titus Davis- 6’1 196 lbs.

Notes: Elite route runner. Excels when corners are in off coverage. High points passes. High intelligence player that can beat zone coverage. Plus ability to gain yards after the catch. Below average acceleration. Struggles against tough coverage.

Projection: Sixth round

Mario Alford- 5’8 180 lbs.

Notes: Elite speed. Struggles against tough coverage, but can tear apart cornerbacks who play off coverage. Catches ball with hands. Plus ability as a pass-catcher in traffic, especially with small frame. Below average acceleration. Struggled with drops at times.

Projection: Sixth round

Jamison Crowder- 5’8 185 lbs.

Notes: Small wide receiver that lacks elite speed. Fast at the snap of the ball. Plus route runner. Plus run blocker for size. Struggles against tough coverage. Drops can be an issue. Willing to take hits over the middle of the field.

Projection: Sixth round

Dres Anderson- 6’1 187 lbs.

Notes: Plus ability to separate. High points the ball. Struggles against tough coverage. Below average hands. 2014 season was ended by a knee injury. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Sixth round

Deontay Greenberry- 6’3 200 lbs.

Notes: Plus size. Can play on outside or from the slot. Plays too upright. Drops are a gigantic concern. Below average speed for a receiver.

Projection: Seventh round

Chris Harper- 5’11 175 lbs.

Notes: Quick feet. Above average route runner. Above average acceleration. Plus run blocker for small frame. Could stand to add weight to wiry frame. Struggles against tough coverage. Catches too many passes with his body. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Seventh round

Jaxon Shipley- 6’0 190 lbs.

Notes: Plus hands. Plus run blocker. Was effective receiver at Texas despite poor quarterback play. Missed time during the 2014 due to injury. Below average speed for a wide receiver. Probably best suited as a slot receiver against zone coverage.

Projection: Seventh round

3) Offensive Line

Total listed: 22

 

Brandon Scherff- 6’5 319 lbs.

Notes: Elite strength and power. Prototypical power run blocker that uses hips and legs. Fluid lateral mover for size. Relies on strength instead of technique a little too much. Can improve on finishing blocks. Unrealistic option for the Eagles at pick 20.

Projection: Early first round

La’el Collins- 6’4 305 lbs.

Notes: Strong hands. Plus pass protector. Technically proficient. Can likely play guard or tackle. Struggles to bring hips during blocks at times. Below average speed and agility for an offensive linemen. Plays high too often. Likely an unrealistic option for the Eagles at pick 20.

Projection: First round

Jake Fisher- 6’6 306 lbs.

Notes: Elite quickness for an offensive linemen. Exceptional as a zone blocker. Wide base. Plus ability to advance to second level defenders. Penalized far too often. Outside hand is often too wide in pass protection. Has a tendency of catching pass rushers instead of punching. Missed games in 2014 due to a leg injury. If the Eagles are targeting an offensive lineman with their first round pick, it will almost certainly be Fisher. The former Oregon player would likely initially projects as a guard in Chip Kelly’s system. The long-term hope would be to transition Fisher to left tackle once Jason Peters retires. Oregon and Pac-12 connection is obviously notable.

Projection: Late first round

Ereck Flowers- 6’6 329 lbs.

Notes: Carries weight with ease. Run game mauler. Quick feet. Plays low and with leverage. Will improve as zone blocker in the NFL. Below average pass blocker. Footwork is sloppy at times. Hand placement needs work. Can be beaten by fast pass rushers.

Projection: First round

Andrus Peat- 6’7 313 lbs.

Notes: Moves well for frame. Good kick step. Reacts well to defensive line stunts. Has a tendency to get shocked against a fast edge rusher. Technique breaks down if he gets beat off the snap. Needs to progress to second level quicker in NFL.

Projection: First round

D.J. Humphries- 6’5 307 lbs.

Notes: Always plays through whistle. Plus flexibility for frame. Quick feet. Struggles at times against moving targets as a run blocker. Plays too high at times as a pass blocker.

Projection: First round

T.J. Clemmings- 6’5 309 lbs.

Notes: Plus athleticism for position. Plus foot quickness. Strong hands that can stun edge rushers. Strong finisher of blocks. Still raw. Needs improvement in advancing to the second level. Can get down on himself if he gets beat.

Projection: Late first round

Cedric Ogbuehi- 6’5 306 lbs.

Notes: Elite athleticism for an offensive linemen. Good foot quickness. Elite ability as a second level run blocker. Well-conditioned. Below average strength for an offensive linemen. Often plays too high. Pass protecting against bigger pass rushers is a major concern.

Projection: Early second round

A.J. Cann- 6’3 313 lbs.

Notes: Plays with low pad level. Wide base. Moves well to block on screen plays. Recognizes stunts well. Poor at times when attempting to block at the second level. Needs to improve initial punch. Needs to be more disciplined with outside hand.

Projection: Early second round

Laken Tomlinson- 6’3 323 lbs.

Notes: Plays low at all times. Intelligent player who can adjust to defensive line stunts. Zero sacks allowed in the past two seasons. Likely more suited for a power running game. Below average athlete for an offensive linemen.

Projection: Late second round

Sean Hickey- 6’5 309 lbs.

Notes: I am perhaps more bullish on Hickey than any other player in the Eagles’ positions of need. Strong prospect that played tackle while at Syracuse but likely projects as a guard in the NFL. Plays with good leverage. Below average as a second-level run blocker. Hands are too wide often in pass protection. Can add some weight and strength to his upper body when he enters the NFL. If the Eagles choose to wait until the middle of the draft to select an offensive linemen, Hickey could be their guy. Unlike Jake Fisher, I believe Hickey is best suited to remain at guard throughout his career.

Projection: Fifth round

Ali Marpet- 6’4 307 lbs.

Notes: Good foot quickness. Elite ability to play low. Perhaps best hand placement of any offensive linemen in the draft in both run and pass blocking. Concerns include level of competition in college while at Hobart as well as having short legs. Will likely be asked to gain wait in the NFL.

Projection: Third round

Donovan Smith- 6’6 338 lbs.

Notes: Plus strength. Above average footwork for frame. Plus ability as a play-side zone blocker. Below average athlete for an offensive tackle. Slow playing instincts. Below average at finishing blocks. Could improve as a second-level run blocker. Smith is an intriguing prospect who could convert to guard in the NFL.

Projection: Third round

Tre Jackson- 6’4 330 lbs.

Notes: Plus strength for an offensive linemen. Uses leverage well. Recovers well when beaten in run game. Will likely need to lose weight in the NFL. Below average in space. Inconsistent 2014 season.

Projection: Third round

Ty Sambrailo- 6’6 311 lbs.

Notes: Plus athleticism for an offensive linemen. Plus hand placement in pass blocking. Above average at finishing blocks. Will likely be asked to gain weight in the NFL. Needs work as a run blocker. Below average strength for an offensive linemen.

Projection: Fourth round

Arie Kouandjio- 6’5 310 lbs.

Notes: Plus hand power. Long arms and knows how to use them to redirect defenders. Very stiff in upper body. Poor athleticism. Below average at using leverage as a run blocker.

Projection: Fourth round

John Miller- 6’2 303 lbs.

Notes: Plus upper body strength. Powerful hands. Plus ability to mirror in pass protection. Rotated between both guard positions during games while at Louisville. Plays with poor leverage. Below average pass protector.

Projection: Fourth round

Rob Haventstein- 6’7 321 lbs.

Notes: Plays to his size. Takes good angles on blocks. Feet are quicker than expected. Aggressive as a block finisher. Lateral quickness is below average. Too stiff.

Projection: Fourth round

Josue Matias- 6’5 309 lbs.

Notes: Long arms. Excellent cut blocker. Plus ability to block at the second level. Intelligent player who recognizes defensive line stunts. Lacks desirable power. Does not move particularly well in space. Slow to recover when beaten in pass protection.

Projection: Fifth round

Daryl Williams- 6’5 327 lbs.

Notes: Plus physicality for an offensive linemen. Powerful hands. Exceptional down blocker. Elite work ethic. Below average athleticism. Needs to improve lateral movement. Body control and agility need improvement.

Projection: Fifth round

Tyrus Thompson- 6’5 324 lbs.

Notes: Plus athleticism for an offensive linemen. Moves well in pass protection. Quick feet for frame. Biggest concern is laziness. Below average finisher of blocks. Too often plays with poor technique.

Projection: Fifth round

Austin Shepherd- 6’4 315 lbs.

Notes: Plus ability as a lateral mover. Effective mirroring in pass protection. Strong hands that can redirect pass rushers. Narrow base at times. Above average strength for an offensive linemen. Lower body is stiff.

Projection: Sixth round

4) Cornerback

Total listed: 19

Trae Waynes- 6’0 186 lbs.

Notes: The best cornerback in the 2015 draft. Elite speed. Plus length for average frame. Elite man coverage ability. Allowed two touchdowns in the past two seasons combined. Elite pressing ability. Above average at defending the deep ball. Tends to use hands too much in coverage. Penalized nine times over the last two seasons. Anticipation is below average. Unrealistic option for the Eagles at pick 20.

Projection: Middle first round

Byron Jones- 6’1 196 lbs.

Notes: He has already been mentioned with the safeties in the upcoming draft. Whether the Eagles view him as a safety or a cornerback, Jones will likely be the best available defensive player at pick 20.

Projection: Late first round

Kevin Johnson- 6’0 188 lbs.

Notes- Elite in man coverage. Plus press coverage skills. Strong for thin frame. Above average in run support. Can be fooled by head fakes. Missed tackles can be an issue.

Projection: First round

Jalen Collins- 6’1 203 lbs.

Notes: Plus speed for a corner with his size. Changes direction easily. Plus instincts and athleticism for a player with little starting experience. Relies on talent over technique at times. Not aggressive enough at times.

Projection: Early second round

Marcus Peters- 6’0 197 lbs.

Notes: Character concerns may make him a risky draft pick. Elite ability as a press corner. Great in space. Plays confidently. Technique is inconsistent. Thought to be relatively uncoachable. Loose footwork at times. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Second round

Eric Rowe- 6’1 205 lbs.

Notes: Already mentioned with the safeties in the upcoming draft. I think Rowe could very well be a target for the Eagles in the second round, even if they have to trade up to get him. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Second round

 

Ronald Darby- 5’11 193 lbs.

Notes: Possesses plus speed that is needed for somewhat of an undersized corner. Above average body control and plays with high instincts and awareness. Above average in run support for a cornerback under six feet tall. Struggles against inside releases. Possessed questionable toughness. Bigger receivers will give him issues.

Projection: Second round

Steven Nelson- 5’10 197 lbs.

Notes: I am bullish on Nelson. Elite physicality and competitiveness for a cornerback, especially when considering his size. Plus ability in press coverage. Plus ability as a tackler for his position. Below average speed for the position. Struggles at times in man coverage. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Late third round

Quinten Rollins- 5’11 195 lbs.

Notes: Plays stronger than his measureables would suggest. Competitive. Plus ability in press coverage. Physical for his size and has plus ability as a tackler. Recovers well when beaten. Technique could improve. Susceptible to double moves. Love of football has been questioned.

Projection: Third round

P.J. Williams- 6’0 194 lbs.

Notes: Off the field concerns could make him a risky draft pick. Plus ability as a press corner. Plus strength for position. Plus tackler. Too physical at times. Does not possess a high-motor at all times.

Projection: Third round

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu- 5’9 192 lbs.

Notes: Moves well. Plus tackler for small size. Plus ball skills. Played on the outside and in the slot while at Oregon. Relies on technique very little. Suffered severe knee injury at end of 2014 college football season. Has issues with big receivers. If Brandon Boykin is traded, the Eagles could be interested in drafting Ekpre-Olomu in the middle rounds and moving Walter Thurmond III to the outside. Oregon and Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Fourth round

Josh Shaw- 6’0 201 lbs.

Notes: Played cornerback and safety at USC. Plus size for a cornerback. Attacks ball. Technique needs improvement. Gets caught sleeping too often. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Fourth round

Doran Grant- 5’10 200 lbs.

Notes: Intelligent player. Elite tackler for size and position. Accelerates to the ball when in coverage. May be limited to playing as a nickel back in the NFL. Allows too much separation in crossing routes.

Projection: Fourth round

D’Joun Smith- 5’10 187 lbs.

Notes: Plus athleticism for the position. Accelerates to top speed quickly. Plus ability to locate the ball downfield. Above average tackler for size. Struggles to limit separation. Lack of competition while he was at Florida Atlantic is a concern. Susceptible to double moves.

Projection: Third round

Alex Carter- 6’0 196 lbs.

Notes: Plus ability in press coverage. Physical tackler. Plus instincts and awareness after the snap. Struggles at times in man coverage. Below average in downfield coverage. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Fourth round

Senquez Golson- 5’9 176 lbs.

Notes: Plus ball skills. Elite instincts. Above average tackling skills. Extremely undersized as an NFL cornerback. Struggles against large receivers. Little experience in press coverage. Durability could be a concern.

Projection: Fifth round

Jacoby Glenn- 6’0 179 lbs.

Notes: Intense player. Elite hands and ball skills. Plus tackler for small frame. Improved in off coverage during the 2014 season. Limited athleticism for a player with his size. Opens his hips too early in press coverage. Below average speed to play man coverage downfield.

Projection: Sixth round

Kevin White- 5’9 183 lbs.

Notes: Plays surprisingly well against wide receivers with size. Plus ball skills. Below average speed for size. Struggles against fast receivers. Short arms make it hard to disengage from blockers.

Projection: Sixth round

Charles Gaines- 5’10 180 lbs.

Notes: Plus ability in man coverage. Maintains body control while in coverage. Fast acceleration. Instinctive. Could stand to add some weight to frame. Ball tracking needs improvement. Horrific in run support. Poor hands.

Projection: Seventh round

5) Edge Rusher

Total listed: 26 (Notice- Players at defensive end and outside linebacker who are not considered pass rushers will not be included on this list)

Dante Fowler Jr.- 6’3 261 lbs.

Notes: Athletic frame. Very long arms. Can rush the passer from a two or three point stance. Great range for size. Still raw as a pass rusher. Average low-body strength. Below average in recovery when knocked from position. Unrealistic option for the Eagles at pick 20.

Projection: Top 10 of first round

Vic Beasley- 6’3 246 lbs.

Notes: Elite explosiveness. Quick feet and fluid hips. At best in a three point stance. Plus closing ability. Likely needs to add more weight in the NFL. Technique could be improved. Needs to improve block shedding against the run. Unrealistic option for the Eagles at pick 20.

Projection: First round

Shane Ray- 6’3 245 lbs.

Notes: Elite explosiveness. Elite power for his size. Arguably the best pass rusher in the draft. Elite agility for his position. Drops back into space easily. Lacks ideal length of an edge rusher. Needs to add more variety as a pass rusher. Likely an unrealistic option for the Eagles at pick 20.

Projection: First round

Bud Dupree- 6’4 269 lbs.

Notes: One of the most freakish athletes in the 2015 draft. Elite power for his position. Plus explosiveness. Above average at dropping back and playing zone coverage. Does not always play to his height. Technique could be improved. Lacks in-game urgency.

Projection: First round

Randy Gregory- 6’5 235 lbs.

Notes: Failed the combine drug test, so some teams may be hesitant to draft him. Plays stronger than his measureables suggest. Will likely add weight in the NFL. Plus explosiveness. Can play from two or three point stance. Stays low against pulling guards. Plays too narrow at times. Often wastes movement after the snap. Slow to process plays at times.

Projection: First round

Shaq Thompson- 6’0 228 lbs.

Notes: Likely the most versatile player in this year’s draft. Played outside linebacker, insider linebacker, safety and running back during the 2014 season at Washington. Elite athleticism. Below average speed for size. Strong work ethic. Might not have a true fit in the NFL. Too easily redirected as a pass rusher. Does not always play with a high motor. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Second round

Eli Harold- 6’3 247 lbs.

Notes: Elite strength for position. Effective with hand on the ground or standing up. Elite closing burst. Plus agility for position. Lower body needs to get stronger in the NFL. Needs work in coverage and as a finisher when tackling.

Projection: Early second round

Danielle Hunter- 6’5 252 lbs.

Notes: Elite athlete for his position. Long arms. Powerful hands. Can overpower tackles at point of attack. Moves well in space. Possesses above average spin move. Active player at all times. Relies too much on athleticism at times. Needs to produce more as a pass rusher.

Projection: Third round

Kwon Alexander- 6’1 227 lbs.

Notes: Above average athleticism and lateral movement ability. Plus speed for position. Will disrupt tight ends and running backs at the beginning of a route. Plays too high. Poor awareness at times. Takes false steps too often. Gets washed down too easily when run blocked.

Projection: Third round

Preston Smith- 6’5 271 lbs.

Notes: Long arms. Plus talent as a run stopper. Holds his ground at almost all times. Must improve inside pass rushing moves. Slow off the ball at times. Lacks necessary power to bull rush.

Projection: Third round

Nate Orchard- 6’3 250 lbs.

Notes: Quick feet. Above average inside move as pass rusher. Offers scheme versatility. Flexible upper body. Poor against the run. Too stiff at times. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Third round

Hau’oli Kikaha- 6’2 253 lbs.

Notes: Gives relentless effort at all time. Versatile player. Excellent hands. Plus agility. Recovery ability is above average. Not much value as a run-stopper. Past injuries while at Washington are a concern. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Third round

Lorenzo Mauldin- 6’4 259 lbs.

Notes: High character player. High-motor player. Plus in-play awareness. Above average agility. Plays too upright. Needs to add more mass to lower body. Lack of size is an issue as a run stopper.

Projection: Third round

Henry Anderson- 6’6 294 lbs.

Notes: Comes off the ball well for his size. High-motor player. Intelligent player. Has played in odd and even fronts. Small legs and uninspiring feet. Tends to stop feet at contact. Lacks necessary power to play inside in the NFL. Must improve hand placement as a pass rusher.

Projection: Third round

Jordan Hicks- 6’1 236 lbs.

Notes: I am bullish on Hicks. Intelligent player. High character player in all facets of the game. Plus talent as a tackler. Above average burst. Average anticipation and instincts. Must improve on shedding run blockers. Past injuries while at Texas are a concern.

Projection: Fifth round

Frank Clark- 6’3 271 lbs.

Notes: Arrested in 2014 for domestic violence so some teams may view him as a risky draft pick. Excels as a downhill player. Good bust up field when pass rushing. Plays low and coverts speed to power well. Relies on motor over talent. Below average agility.

Projection: Fourth round pick

Davis Tull- 6’2 246 lbs.

Notes: High-motor player at all times. Plays stronger than his measureables suggest. Elite hands. Plus power for size. Lightning quick spin move. Overall competition while at UT-Chattanooga is a concern. Lacks desired burst. Will struggle against athletic tackles in the NFL.

Projection: Fourth round

Trey Flowers- 6’2 266 lbs.

Notes: High motor player. Consistent with hand placement. Good technician. Can hold his own against the run. Below average burst at the snap of the ball.

Projection: Fourth round

Alani Fua- 6’5 238 lbs.

Notes: Extremely versatile player. Excellent in space. Plus ability in coverage. Above average acceleration for the position. Has habit of losing contain at times on the edge.

Projection: Fifth round

Jake Ryan- 6’2 240 lbs.

Notes: Played inside linebacker at Michigan during the 2014 season but projects as an outside linebacker in the NFL. Plus talent as a tackler. Moves well from sideline to sideline. Versatile player who has a place in any scheme. Struggles at times to shed blocks. Missed games during the 2013 season with a torn ACL.

Projection: Fifth round

Mike Hull- 6’0 237 lbs.

Notes: Great lateral ability. Reliable tackler. Shows awareness in zone coverage. Lacks bulk and has extremely short arms. Below average athleticism. Liability in man coverage against running backs.

Projection: Sixth round

Xzavier Dickson- 6’3 260 lbs.

Notes: Plays low and is fast at the snap of the ball. Uses leverage and strength to shed blocks. Does not dominate tight ends the way he should. Below average athlete and is stiff in the lower body. Hardly ever used in pass coverage.

Projection: Sixth round

Markus Golden- 6’2 260 lbs.

Notes: Never takes a play off. Plus talent as a run stopper for his position. Plays with good awareness and has strong hands. Slow off the ball at times. Lacks closing burst. Technique needs to be improved.

Projection: Sixth round

Lynden Trail- 6’7 269 lbs.

Notes: Long frame. Primarily used as an OLB in a 3-4 defense, but can also play with hand in dirt. Continue to improve as a pass rusher. Raw player. Played wide receiver in high school and is still learning how to be an edge rusher. Takes wide angles at quarterback too often. Below average at using hands.

Projection: Seventh round

Anthony Chickillo- 6’3 267 lbs.

Notes: Consistent player. Strong hands. Effective with arms at the snap of the ball. Plus ability against the run for his position. Former five star recruit that underachieved while at Miami. Not an explosive player. Does not have a definite position in the NFL. Needs to add bulk and thickness to lower body.

Projection: Sixth round pick

Tony Washington- 6’4 247 lbs.

Notes: Has experience playing as an outside linebacker and defensive end in a 3-4 defense. Still growing into large frame. Flashes edge-setting potential at times. Reliable tackler. Not good in man coverage. Takes wide angles when rushing the quarterback too often. The Oregon and Pac-12 connection is notable. While Washington is projected as a priority free agent by most draft experts, he is one to keep an eye on in the late rounds of the draft. If Chip Kelly chooses not to draft Washington, I still expect Washington to be signed as an undrafted free agent by the Eagles following the draft.

Projection: Undrafted free agent

6) Quarterback

Total listed: 9

Jameis Winston- 6’4 231 lbs.

Notes: The number one overall pick of the upcoming draft. Winston is an expert at reading defenses and thinking on his feet after the snap of the ball. Possesses a big arm, even for NFL standards. Plus pocket awareness. Will take chances with the ball. Needs to learn to check the ball down more often. Can be baited into turning the ball over. Footwork is inconsistent at times. Winston has some question marks off the field but all signs point toward him being the first player off the board on April 30th. Unrealistic option for the Eagles at pick 20.

Projection: First overall pick

Marcus Mariota- 6’4 222 lbs.

Notes: The most intriguing player and biggest domino of the 2015 draft. High character player on and off the field. Elite athleticism for his position. Defenses must always account for his rushing abilities. Serviceable accuracy from the pocket. At his best when throwing on the run. Gets happy feet in the pocket at times. Holds ball too low when moving in the pocket which caused multiple fumbles during the 2014 season. At times, he takes sacks he should not. Needs to improve as a pre-snap observer of the defense. Oregon and Pac-12 connection has never been more notable. As it was mentioned early in this overview, Chip Kelly once compared Mariota to Peyton Manning. The Eagles will have to give up a small fortune to acquire the draft pick needed to draft the Oregon Duck, but if Kelly thinks that Mariota is the piece the Eagles need to win Super Bowls, I have absolutely no doubt he will do everything in his power to make the move.

Projection: First round

Brett Hundley- 6’3 226 lbs.

Notes: Another intriguing prospect who fits the mold of the athletic quarterback that Chip Kelly seemingly desires. Sturdy frame. Plus ability at maneuvering inside the pocket to buy time. Plus quickness to escape from pocket when necessary. Played behind a below-average offensive line while at UCLA. Has not shown ability to win from the pocket yet. Too slow moving through progressions at times. Takes off as a runner too often. Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Second round

Bryce Petty- 6’3 230 lbs.

Notes: Surprising athleticism for his size. Understands when to alter velocity of pass. Accurate deep ball passer. Above average at buying time in the pocket. Biggest concern is that he may be a product of Baylor’s air-raid offense. Makes mistakes when first read is not open. Must learn to read defenses once he is in the NFL.

Projection: Late second round

Garrett Grayson- 6’2 213 lbs.

Notes: Elite deep ball touch and accuracy. Above average at setting feet before delivering a pass. Above average pocket presence and poise. Slow release at times. Has tendency of locking in on primary target. Accuracy on short throws needs to be improved. Will leave his receivers out to dry at times.

Projection: Fourth round

Sean Mannion- 6’6 229 lbs.

Notes: Tall quarterback who has a high release point. Above average footwork. Plays too slow quite often. Poise and mobility in pocket are below average. Takes too long to make throws to certain routes.

Projection: Fifth round

Bryan Bennett- 6’2 211 lbs.

Notes: Former Oregon player before transferring to Southeastern Louisiana. Elite athleticism for position. Above average arm strength. Below average accuracy and ball placement. Footwork is sloppy at times. Throws into traffic too often. Oregon and Pac-12 connection is notable.

Projection: Seventh round

Brandon Bridge- 6’4 229 lbs.

Notes: Frame will allow him to add weight once in the NFL. Elite arm strength. Elite release quickness. Plus athleticism. Makes plays with his feet but does not tuck the ball every time the pocket breaks down. Poor accuracy. Footwork is inconsistent. Lacks touch on throws. Rushes throws at times.

Projection: Seventh round

Cody Fajardo- 6’1 223 lbs.

Notes: Elite athleticism for position. Plus ability as a scrambler. Accurate on the move. Late delivering passes at times. Panics at times in the pocket. Intermediate passing issues. Below average at reading read-defender on zone read plays.

Projection: Seventh round

 

 

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