There are four positions the Eagles really need to address in this year’s draft: SS, CB, WR, and OL. The top two players I’m pulling for the Eagles to draft for are Landon Collins or Jaelen Strong. Here are my top five 2015 Eagles draft targets:
(1) Landon Collins
Landon Collins is the no-brainer #1 player on the Eagles board for me. The Eagles biggest need going into next season is at safety and there’s a good chance Landon Collins may sill be around when the Eagles are up on the clock at No. 20. I would even trade up a few spots to make sure you grab this guy. The Eagles can grab a WR in Round 2 if they go defense in Round 1. Guys they can wait for in Round 2 at WR are: Phillip Dorsett, Devin Smith, Breshad Perriman, Nelson Agoholor, and Devin Fuchness. Those are all names that should be around in Round 2 and a few will make it to Round 3. Collins would immediately patch up the biggest hole on the Eagles roster next season and could be the face of the Eagles defense for years to come. Eagles fans have been yearning for a physical safety to call their own since the departure of Brian Dawkins. Collins has some of that Dawkins toughness, but would only be able to fill just one of Dawkins’ shoes. This guy tackles like he’s shot out of a cannon.
(2) Jaelen Strong
If you can’t get your guy on defense, the Eagles needs a WR to pair up with Jordan Matthews. Amari Cooper, Kevin White and DeVante Parker should all be off the board by the time the Eagles are up. After the big three WR names in this draft, I’m high on Jaelen Strong. Jaelen Strong has all the tools to be a true WR1. He has the size, speed, and hands. He’ll translate into a solid NFL receiver. If Chip Kelly likes big receivers, then Jaelen Strong should be right up his ally.
(3) Marcus Peters
I don’t see the Eagles taking Peters because of character issues unless he happens to end up sliding into Round 2. Marcus Peter is true lockdown corner and a ballhawk. He’s arguably the most talented corner in this draft, but has some character concerns after getting kicked off the team at Washington. Those character concerns could make it likely that he falls into Round 2. I think Trae Waynes is a bit overrated and have Marcus Peters as the top CB in this draft in terms of raw talent. If I want somebody to cover Odell Beckham, Jr. for the next 5 years, it will be this guy. I would also be happy to take P.J. Williams. P.J. Williams is a completely different type of corner though and more of the physical CB2 that you want to compliment your lockdown corner. Peters would match up against Odell and DeSean Jackson very well.
(4) P.J. Williams
A physical corner that plays very strong in the run game. I love his physicality as a corner. He looks like he would add to the Eagles physical defense. He’s suited for zone and press coverage, but is nowhere near the lockdown corner that Marcus Peters has the potential to be.
(5) Dorial Beckham-Green
A beast of a wide receiver, but has serious character concerns, which is why I see the Eagles passing on this guy. I like Jaelen Strong more at this point and is the safe pick, but Beckham-Green looks to be the last WR1 in this draft with high upside. The rest of the WR pack after Beckham-Green is WR2 material that you’re really just rolling the dice on. Beckham-Green has that megatron size combined with the speed to make him a potential perennial top 10 receiver.
We are six weeks away from the NFL season and we’re already gearing up for fantasy football — doing our research, ranking our players, and trying to come up with creative team names. Here is a list of fantasy football team names for Eagles fans. We have a team name for Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Babin, Brent Celek, Nnamdi Asomugha, and more.
The Real McCoy
Bustin a McNutt
Maclin On Your Girl
Vick Will McNabb Your Position
The Celek Few
Back That Asomugha Up
My Babin Back Ribs
The Viet-Nnamdi War
If you can think of more Eagles fantasy football team names, hit us up.
I was hoping the Eagles would use a 3rd or 4th rounder on Nebraska RB Roy Helu, but the Washington Redskins nabbed him. No worries though as the Eagles add a nice backup to LeSean McCoy with another Pittsburgh product in Dion Lewis. Lewis is an incredible back and I am pumped at how the Eagles draft is shaping up.
DeSean Jackson loves pulling out his best touchdown celebrations against the Dallas Cowboys. After tossing away the ball from the 1-yard line in Dallas, DeSean Jackson topped his prior stunt in Dallas. With the Eagles pinned back on their 9-yard line, Vick threw a quick pass to DeSean on an out route and DeSean danced his way past the Cowboys D, stopped at the 1-yard line, and this time got in with the football, falling backwards in the endzone. Check out this TD celebration against the Cowboys.
I think naming Michael Vick the starting QB for the Eagles was the right move. Most people think he was named the starting QB just because he had a very strong performance against the Packers and followed that up with another great performance against the Lions. While Vick’s play in both of those games was phenomenal and was definitely a factor in the Eagles decision, I think there’s more to this decision than what meets the eye.
There are three additional factors that I think contributed to this decision.
First, the Eagles offensive line. The Eagles offensive line has been riddled with injuries this season. Not only have the Eagles lost their starting fullback Leonard Weaver and center Jamaal Jackson, but Jason Peters, Nick Cole, and Todd Herremans are all playing banged up. Green Bay was able to bring pressure on virtually every down whether they were bringing just 4 men or 6 men. Andy Reid knows that with all the injuries to his offensive line, he needs a mobile quarterback so his team doesn’t give up 5-6 sacks per game. Michael Vick’s ability to avoid a 10 yards loss and pick up a 10 yard gain is uncanny. He does it multiple times in a game. I think it’s quite clear that the Eagles offensive line was the #1 motivating factor for this move.
Kevin Kolb is/was supposed to be the Eagles franchise quarterback. I don’t think they would just bench him for just one poor half of football unless there were other factors present. Another reason for the move is DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin standing behind Vick and voicing their wishes to Andy Reid that they want Vick as their QB. I don’t know if anyone else picked this up, but both Maclin and Jackson gave their TD balls to Vick after they scored in the Lions game.
Lastly, Andy Reid took a lot of heat for keeping Stewart Bradley in the Packers game after he suffered a concussion. Andy can now say that he’s making this move to protect his players.
What do you think were the motives behind the decision?