Thomas Booker is listed as a defensive tackle in most mock drafts but he’s also played defensive end. He may be more of an ideal 3-4 defensive end, but Booker could also play very well in a re-made Browns front four. He’s a more slim tackle, but still tops 300 pounds, he just simply doesn’t look like it. At least against the more conventional tackles of yesteryear.
What makes him so interesting is that he’s extremely athletic as a tackle. He’s 6’3, 300lbs, and runs a sub-5.00-40-yard dash. He also went to Stanford, so you know he’s smart. He’s also versatile beyond his positional switching, as he played special teams in college and the Browns are always looking for good special teams players. While the economics major and honor society selection looks like a picture-perfect player to consider, he does have his issues.
Namely, while he’s a sure tackler, he isn’t known for getting great depth on the line of scrimmage, nor is he much of a big-time playmaker. He could probably compete with the Browns’ current staff of guys, sure, but in order to really make noise, he’s going to have to out-perform them.
Seeing the names on the list, however, it shouldn’t be that hard, one would think. He could be an instant contender for a starting position, or at the very least, a rotational guy.