Ian Book, Quarterback
If Trey Sermon was the easiest pick, Ian Book isn’t far behind.
The Eagles are probably going to carry three quarterbacks, like we did last year. One of them will probably be a legit backup for Jalen Hurts, like Gardner Minshew was last year. And one of them will probably be a young prospect, like Ian Book was last year.
Only this year instead of Gardner MInshew, it’s Marcus Mariota backing up Hurts. Mariota obviously checks a lot of the boxes you want to see in terms of challenging defenses with his legs in a way that makes it easy to adapt the gameplan if we’re forced to go into any games without Hurts.
But has Book done enough to earn the ‘Ian Book role’ at QB3?
We obviously haven’t had a chance to see it in live game action, but it’s not a good sign that the Eagles thought it was worth spending a sixth-round pick on Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee.
Sure, it’s just a sixth-round pick, but when you’re trying to maintain your status as a top contender in the NFL, you’re not just wasting draft picks on players you don’t think are going to make your final roster – especially in the sixth round.
I’m resisting the urge to make all the easy puns on closed books or new chapters, but it’s pretty hard to project Book to make the final 53 at this point.