2017 NFL DRAFT

Devontae Booker, RB

School: Utah  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 219 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6232

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

Booker's senior season came to a premature end with a torn meniscus in his knee and undergoing surgery in November but was named All-Pac-12 second team.

Booker hit the Pac-12 like a runaway freight train in 2014, rushing for 1,512 yards and 10 scores a year after signing with the Utes out of American River Junior College. His accomplishments are all the more impressive given that he played sparingly in Utah's first three games before finally wrestling away the starting role, averaging 133.3 yards per game over the Utes' final 10 contests and being recognized by Pac-12 coaches as the conference's top running back.

While Booker's breakout junior campaign was a surprise, he didn't exactly come out of nowhere. Booker signed with Washington State after rushing for an eye-popping 2,844 and 45 touchdowns during his senior year at Grant Union High in Sacramento and rushed for 1,472 yards and 15 scores as a sophomore at American River in 2012.

Booker sat out the 2013 season to focus on his academics, which is why he entered his first season with the Utes flying under the radar.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Booker sports a compact, powerful build and runs even heavier than he looks, frequently breaking tackles due to his low center of gravity, good forward lean and impressive leg drive. He is a decisive runner who makes strong cuts and hits top speed quickly, slipping into the secondary and bulldozing his way through contact rather than wasting time trying to shake defenders.

Booker has light feet and excellent balance to pick his way through traffic and he shows good leaping ability to soar over defenders attempting to cut out his legs.

WEAKNESSES: The concern with Booker is speed. While quick enough to squirt through holes and gain yardage in chunks, he does not have burst to break away and will be caught from behind by NFL defenders.

He's also a work in progress as a pass protector, too often only giving an initial shove to defenders.Shows soft hands and good body control to collect the ball and turn upfield fluidly, but most of this production came via simple passes to the flats and screens.

IN OUR VIEW: Booker has been the workhorse of the Utah offense, averaging over 30 touches per game, but durability has also been a concern due to his high volume of carries and violent run style. Along with questions about ball security and age (will be a 24-year-old rookie), Booker will be dinged by some teams throughout the process due to these factors.

--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang (11/29/15)

 
 
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