Sub-radar EDGE stars Eagles can target during each round of NFL Draft

Desmond Ridder #9, Cincinnati Bearcats, Logan Hall #92, Houston Cougars (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
Desmond Ridder #9, Cincinnati Bearcats, Logan Hall #92, Houston Cougars (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /
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Cameron Thomas #99, San Diego State Aztecs (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images) /

Cameron Thomas, San Diego State. 3. player. 901. . .

Here are two sub-radar stars we’re certain the Eagles are already familiar with.

Boye Mafe is going to turn heads but wind up being taken in Round 2. David Ojabo may slide into Round 2 or later because of his recent Achilles tear. Successful arguments can be made for former San Diego State Aztecs star Cameron Thomas finding his way into some second-round discussions, but for now, we’ll assume he’s slotted behind Myjai Sanders and among the first EDGE prospects that hear their names called in Round 3.

We’ve been wrong before. We could be wrong now, but we’ll stick with that theory for now. In his final 14 games at the collegiate level in 2021, he stacked 71 total tackles including 20.5 which resulted in a loss of yardage, and he brought the quarterback down 10.5 times. Put a huge asterisk by his name as someone to watch.

It’s easy to go back and forth about whether or not to argue Michael Clemons (Texas A&M Aggies) and Kingsley Engabare (South Carolina Gamecocks) into the latter stages of Round 3’s list of what believe will be available EDGE stars, but as of right now, we’ll assume both are ranked ahead of former Coastal Carolina Chanticleers star Jeffrey Gunter.

This six-foot-four, 259-pound star combined with former Chanticleer/current Eagle Tarron Jackson to produce 15 sacks in 2020 before producing 5.5 more as a senior in 2021. Philly took Jackson with the 191st-overall selection of the 2021 NFL Draft. Might they add another Coastal star on Day 3 of 2022’s selection meeting?

If they did, they wouldn’t be making a bad decision. Gunter is going to be a nice value pick for any team that gives him the nod.