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NFL Mock Draft 2015: Philadelphia Eagles Select Landon Collins

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With the 20th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles (represented by Matt Mosley) select...

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Landon Collins, SS, Alabama

When I look at the Philadelphia Eagles roster the main areas of need that stand out to me are strong safety, No.2 cornerback and WR.

They will also surely address the offensive line at some point in the draft too, as there is talk of Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis being traded and both he and left tackle Jason Peters are getting close to their mid 30's now.

However, I think they can add a piece or two in the mid-late rds this year and look at a high round pick next year for the o-line.At wide receiver it looks like their round 2 pick from last season, Jordan Matthews, will take on a bigger role this year and be pushed into the no.1 WR spot, following the departure of Jeremy Maclin to Kansas. They also have Riley Cooper, a 3rd round pick from last year in Josh Huff and veteran Miles Austin was recently signed, though how much he has left at this stage of his career is certainly questionable. I think they will look at a WR from round 2 on down, and USC's Nelson Agholor is one name who has been linked to them.

Cornerback is a position that still needs attention, even after the addition of Byron Maxwell and his big contract and the signing of quality slot corner Walter Thurmond (Maxwell's old Seattle teammate) from the New York Giants.
The closest they have to a No. 2 corner is Brandon Boykin, a 4th round pick from 2012, who can play a role for the Eagles but they can surely upgrade the position.

As with WR though, I think they can find their guy at CB in the 2nd or 3rd rounds and later.

One of the main reasons I have chosen Landon Collins in this mock draft is because he really is the only elite safety in the draft. The next players at that position to come off the board will probably be picked no earlier than the late 2nd-early 3rd round.Strong safety is also a massive need for this team. At the moment their depth consists of Earl Wolff, Chris Prosinski and Jerome Couplin.

Think what adding a hard hitter with great range like Collins would do for their defense, especially when you consider him along with their off season additions of Maxwell and Thurmond in the secondary with ILB Kiko Alonso and mainstays like DE Fletcher Cox, OLB Connor Barwin, OLB Brandon Graham and ILB Mychal Kendricks in the front seven.

Philly, who ranked mid table against the run last season, could be up there with the more stout run defenses in the league with Alonso, Kendricks and Collins roaming the middle. They would also be one of the faster defenses in the NFL, covering sideline to sideline quicker than most.

As much as some question Collins ability in coverage I saw him make plays against the pass at Alabama and I certainly don't see it as being a problem. Some say it was how Alabama used him, as an in the box safety that meant he didn't have the opportunity to make plays in coverage as much as he might. I did see him make a few fine interceptions in his time there though.

So to sum up, I think Landon Collins both fills a huge need at the position, is one of the best players on the board at this stage and is by far the premier safety in the draft.

In this mock draft Marcos Mariota went at no.12 to Cleveland. I suppose if that was the case in reality, there is a good chance Chip Kelly would look to move up for him.

I don't think they would be willing to give up a ridiculous amount to get up to No. 1 or 2 though.

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Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
Hans Petersen 82%
2 Tennessee Titans DE Leonard Williams - USC Tee Word 85%
3 Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler - Florida Khannar 80%
4 Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper - Alabama arcuate 73%
5 Washington Redskins DE Randy Gregory - Nebraska Lostastic 29%
6 NY Jets OLB Vic Beasley - Clemson BlackandGold4ever 52%
7 Chicago Bears LB Shane Ray - Missouri saintmanumit 28%
8 Atlanta Falcons DE Bud Dupree - Kentucky Dave Choate 46%
9 NY Giants NT Danny Shelton - Washington GoFastTurnLeftMaybeRight 60%
10 St. Louis Rams OT Andrus Peat - Stanford Kevin Sean Held 46%
11 Minnesota Vikings WR Kevin White - West Virginia gulf shores 60%
12 Cleveland Browns QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon ryan_la_sports07 68%
13 New Orleans Saints CB Trae Waynes - Michigan State Dave Cariello 57%
14 Miami Dolphins RB Todd Gurley - Georgia Ralph Malbrough 30%
15 San Francisco 49ers DE Arik Armstead - Oregon The Irish Assassin 31%
16 Houston Texans WR DeVante Parker - Louisville
quickdrawdoc 77%
17 San Diego Chargers OT La'el Collins - LSU LeedsSaint 66%
18 Kansas City Chiefs WR Dorial Green-Beckham - Missouri jmcmillan_93
19 Cleveland Browns TE Maxx Williams - Minnesota ryan_la_sports07
20 Philadelphia Eagles S Landon Collins - Alabama Matt Mosley
21 Cincinnati Bengals
coldpizza
22 Pittsburgh Steelers
whodatgermany
23 Detroit Lions
Khannar
24 Arizona Cardinals
saintmanumit
25 Carolina Panthers
Jake White
26 Baltimore Ravens
quickdrawdoc
27 Dallas Cowboys
arcuate
28 Denver Broncos
Ryne Hancock
29 Indianapolis Colts
Alex Lyles
30 Green Bay Packers
Matt Mosley
31 New Orleans Saints
Dave Cariello
32 New England Patriots
Whit Prottsman