The Philadelphia Eagles got off to an impressive 9-3 start before watching their 2014 season crash and burn with three straight December losses that knocked them out of playoff contention. Chip Kelly has been hard at work this offseason re-tooling a roster that still looks talented enough to make a playoff run in 2015. Kelly is one of the most unpredictable individuals in the NFL, so there is guaranteed to be a surprise or two in this draft. However, Kelly still needs to be smart about gambling on his roster. Here are 3 Players The Eagles Need To Avoid In The 2015 NFL Draft.
WR Sammie Coates, Auburn
With the loss of Jeremy Maclin, the shape of the wide receiver corp is considerably weaker now than it was a month ago. Yet to find Maclin's replacement in free agency, the thought is the Eagles will be in the market for a receiver in the draft. Sammie Coates fits the DeSean Jackson-role on paper, but there is skepticism on how well he can translate to the NFL as a mostly one-dimensional player with questionable hands and ball tracking ability. The Eagles offense was still successful without that deep threat last year, and there are plenty of options at receiver later in the draft that won't cost the Eagles a first or second round pick like Coates will.
CB Marcus Peters, Washington
The Eagles need to infuse some talent and depth into their secondary, and while Marcus Peters is one of the top corners available skill-wise, he comes with some red flags. Suspended and subsequently dismissed from Washington, Peters lets his emotions get in the way of his play and could ultimately prove to be a headache for the coaching staff. As a result, he is a huge gamble in the first two rounds, and guys like Kevin Johnson (Wake Forest) and Trae Waynes (Michigan State) come with less risk and just as much talent.
QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
The worst kept secret in the NFL is the desire for the Eagles to trade up and get former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Philadelphia should avoid making this move - and it has less to do with Mariota's talent or fit in Chip Kelly's offense, and more to do with the cost it will incur in order to pull it off. It could cost the Eagles multiple picks - possibly even a future first rounder - to land a top five selection this year. Recent trades like this (e.g. RGIII to the Redskins) have usually backfired for the team giving up multiple assets. The Eagles are better served using those extra picks to upgrade at receiver and defensive back rather than putting everything in the Mariota-basket, no matter the great temptation.
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