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2015 NFL Draft: Philadelphia Eagles 7-Round Mock Draft

Round 1 Pick 20: Jaelen Strong, WR ASU

Future Eagle?There are plenty of viable options for the Eagles at 20. The consensus among fans seems to be that the pick will likely come down to CB or WR. OL is certainly a need as well, but for the sake of excitement I kept it between the two skill positions. In my opinion, wide receiver is the more likely choice for this team. Talented CB Marcus Peters may not be on Chip's draft board, and I expect fan favorites Byron Jones and Nelson Agholor to be off the board by 20 as well. Thankfully it's another deep wideout class, and there will certainly be plenty of top talent left mid-to-late first round, like ASU's Jaelen Strong, for example. Strong provides the size Chip values on the outside (6-foot-3) and the speed as well (4.4 40-time). He's about as physical as any of the wideouts in his class, and it shows in his 2014 tape against Washington where he beat up on aforementioned projected first-rounder Marcus Peters multiple times. He has absolute insane ball skills and great vision running routes. He may be just a bit of a reach at 20 (especially with reported wrist surgery on the horizon), but Strong has the intangibles to be a star on Chip Kelly's offense.

Round 2 Pick 52: Eric Rowe, CB Utah

The Eagles need to add quality DB depth in this draft, both cornerback and safety. Despite safety being the bigger issue, the NFL draft once again lacks a certain star-talent at the position. Utah's Eric Rowe may not have that star-caliber the Eagles are searching for, but he provides a unique kind of versatility. Rowe was a safety for three years during his time at Utah before making the switch to cornerback. In 2014 as a CB he made 13 pass breakups, 59 tackles (3 for loss) and a lone interception which he returned for a touchdown. In three total years as a safety Rowe logged an average of 67 tackles (2 for loss), and 7 passes broken up per year. Not exceptional stats, but it shows he can play efficiently at both positions. There's plenty of unknowns to Rowe's ability considering his short yet successful stint at CB after finding steady success at safety. Most scouts peg him as better suited for a CB in the NFL, but his athleticism no doubt has to be intriguing to the coaches. Chip Kelly attended Utah's Pro Day and even had a private workout with Rowe (per Tony Pauline). Plus, considering the hybrid CB/S Jaylen Watkins has yet to pan out for Chip and the Eagles, don't be surprised when the team gets a steal at 52 by selecting DB Eric Rowe.

Round 3 Pick 84: Daryl Williams, OL Oklahoma

This years crop of offensive linemen is filled with absolutely massive prospects, and standing at 6'5" and weighing in at 327 pounds, Oklahoma's Daryl Williams is no exception. We already know Chip loves Sooners, as his first ever draft selection at the professional level was Oklahoma stud Lane Johnson. Williams may not be as athletic as Johnson, but he comes from the same up-tempo system and should be able to blend in perfectly on the Eagles offensive line. Plus his ability to theoretically play both tackle and guard has to catch Coach Kelly's eye.

Round 4 Pick 113: Bryce Petty, QB Baylor

I've been probably the No.1 supporter of 'Brett Hundley to the Eagles' since the season ended, but I also think he'll be taken a little earlier in the second than he should. There aren't many athletic QB's left after Hundley, but there's an interesting prospect the team could take a chance on midway through the draft. Bryce Petty's stock has fluctuated over the past few weeks, and as of right now he's pegged by most as a 3rd-round pick. However, according to some teams view him as a 6th or 7th round pick while at least two teams view him as an undrafted free agent. I certainly wouldn't go that far, in fact if he's sitting at pick 113, I fully expect Chip to pull the trigger on Petty (especially if the draft pans out the way I predict it will). The 6-foot-3 23 year old had a stellar combine running a 4.8 40-time, and impressing with his above-average arm strength. In his two years starting at Baylor, Petty threw for 8,055 yards and 61 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. Oh, he also had 20 rushing touchdowns. Chip Kelly has (potentially) found his quarterback of the future.

Round 5 Pick 145: Chris Conley, WR Georgia

I don't think many expect the Georgia wideout to fall this far. In fact, after selecting three out of their first four picks to address the offense, the Eagles brass may simply assume the defense will be addressed with the first fifth-round pick. However, we all know the draft seems to pan out in surprising ways each year, with prospects falling further than they should. That will be the case for Chris Conley. Standing at 6-foot-2 and managing to run a sub-4.4, Chip almost has his hands tied with this pick. If he's on the board at 145, the Eagles wide receiver depth just got a whole lot faster.

Round 5 Pick 156: Ibrahiem Campbell, S Northwestern

Despite grabbing Eric Rowe in the second-round, the Philadelphia front-office will want to think twice about their crop of DB's. If Brandon Boykin is traded, Rowe is virtually guaranteed a starting job at cornerback. Safety help is still needed regardless of Rowe's position, and Ibrahiem Campbell could turn out to be an absolute steal late in the fifth-round. The coaches are already familiar with the Northwestern standout as they supposedly held a private workout with him last month. Despite only playing 8 games in 2014, Campbell impressed racking up four forced fumbles and three interceptions. The Eagles are desperate for a playmaker at safety, and they could certainly get some luck with Campbell should he be available.

Round 6 Pick 195: Jeremy Langford, RB Michigan State

Make room for one more offensive player. While the Eagles have made big moves on defense this offseason, Chip Kelly is still the offensive guru we all know and love. This late in the draft with most the holes plugged, the Eagles will most likely go BPA. With the Eagles moving on from bruiser Chris Polk, the team could even have their eyes fixated on a running back. Why not grab a younger, faster (and cheaper) Polk? At pick 195, Michigan State's Jeremy Langford would be an intriguing option. He ran an impressive 4.42 40-time and is a strong one-cut back, the type Chip seems to be in love with. Of the dozens of talented running back prospects this year, Langford in my opinion is the last who has the potential to be a future starter.

Round 7 Pick 237: Kaleb Eulls, DT Mississippi State

Yet another versatile player, DT/DE Kaleb Eulls could bring talented and young depth to an already talented and young defensive line. The Eagles selected 6-foot-2 333 pounder Beau Allen last year in the 7th-round, and it worked out Beautifully for them. With Allen in mind, the team could certainly grab another rotational player like Eulls (6-foot-4, 291 lbs) with their final pick. Obviously Eulls is a bit lighter, but he has the size to grow into an absolute monster, and with plenty of smoothies and Sports Science happening at NovaCare, Eulls could achieve monster status in no time.


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