With four former members of the Cardinal on the roster, one thing is certain. The Eagles’ brass and coaches certainly watch a ton of Stanford football on Saturdays.
In 2019, the Eagles took JJ Arcega-Whiteside in the second round of that year’s draft. Just this past April, they landed Casey Toohill in the seventh round, 233rd overall. They wouldn’t take another defensive end from Stanford in the draft that follows their most recent, would they? Don’t be so certain.
If that defensive end is Thomas Booker, that may not be a bad idea.
You also have to consider this. Philly’s gotten nothing out of Shareef Miller. The jury is still out on Josh Sweat and Derek Barnett, even though the Eagles just picked up the latter’s fifth-year option, and even though the “Birds” can kick Malik Jackson out to play at defensive end, this could be Brandon Graham’s final season in Eagles green.
Booker is a nice option, especially seeing as how Gregory Rousseau, Quincy Roche, Joe Tryon, Carlos Basham, and Jonathan Garvin all figure to be off of the board by the time Philly gets a chance to pick in Round 3. Defensive ends have a tendency to get snatched up fairly quickly, and a guy that’s racked up 79 total tackles and 7.5 sacks in his first 23 games is a nice option.
He’s even snagged an interception in his young collegiate career.