2015 NFL DRAFT
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Kevin Boothe

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 316 | College: Cornell
 
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Overview

Regarded as one of the premier performers in the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks, this four-year starter is a blue chip prospect with a blue-collar work ethic. He filled in capably at three different positions during his time with the Big Red, starting his career as a right guard before shifting to right tackle as a junior, then moving to left tackle early in his senior year.

At Pine Crest High School, Boothe played on both the offensive and defensive lines. A team co-captain as a senior, he was a first-team All-County selection as well as a second-team All-State pick. Boothe had 40 tackles and caused two fumbles in 2000.

Boothe redshirted in 2001 at Cornell. He took over right guard duties in 2002, starting every game. Despite breaking bones in both hands, he missed only one game in 2003, starting nine contests at right guard, earning All-Ivy League honors.

Boothe was again named All-Ivy League after shifting to right tackle as a junior. He earned All-American honors in 2005, in addition to becoming just the fourth player in school history to earn All-Ivy League honors three times in a career. He began the season at right tackle, but shifted to the demanding left side for the final eight contests of his senior year.

Analysis

Positives: Big-bodied type who can add more bulk with no effect on his quickness … Good space mover who keeps his feet and shows sudden movement and balance coming off the ball … Generates good explosion and pop with his hands and has the upper body strength to maul defenders working in-line … Works hard to finish and has the leg drive to push the pile and create movement for the ground game … Effective on pulls and traps, showing the athletic agility playing in space to be a more effective guard prospect than tackle … Has the hand punch to jolt and control the defender … Shows good kick slide to stay in front of the defender in inside pass protection … Has the long arms to keep defenders off his body and make reach blocks … Takes good angles in the second level and has the lower body strength to anchor vs. the bull rush.

Negatives: Has had weight issues in the past, but lost a considerable amount earlier in his career (from 368 to 316) that has left his body lacking ideal muscle tone and makes his body appear loose (has a lot of excess flesh) … Has small calves and legs, which makes him look top-heavy … Lacks muscle definition and needs to put in the extra hours in the weight room to add definition … Gets out of control and lunges trying to neutralize linebackers in the second level, as he gets narrow with his base and crosses his feet, making him sluggish in his stride outside the short area … Has had problems dealing with speed rushers coming off the edge (see 2005 Yale, Harvard and Georgetown games) … For some reason, he does not square up properly, dropping his head when making contact -- especially in pass protection.

Boothe has been a versatile performer for the Big Red, playing his first two years at guard before moving to tackle. After watching film of the 2005 season, where he had problems dealing with edge rushers, I am pretty convinced that his future lies at guard and not outside at tackle. He plays with good aggression and has a strong hand punch to shock and jolt the defender, but is top heavy and struggles to redirect when having to seal off the edge.

Despite his sluggishness running in the second level, he comes off the snap with adequate explosion and good pop on contact. He needs some pass set refinement, as he tends to duck his head before making contact and needs to keep his shoulders squared better. Boothe shows the leg drive to push the pile and create movement for the ground game. He is effective on the short pull, but will struggle to get in front of linebackers in the second level.

Boothe has a good blue-collar work ethic and will play with pain (missed only one game and played in nine others with broken bones in each hand in 2003). It is sometimes hard to gauge his pro potential because he dominates vs. inferior competition. His massive weight loss early in his career has left him looking top-heavy and he lacks even adequate muscle definition. How he is able to anchor on his skinny legs is anyone's guess.

While his versatility is going to be beneficial as he adjusts to NFL life, his inability to seal off the edge makes him a better guard prospect at this time. He has good strength for the level of competition he faced, but will need to improve his overall body structure in order to compete for a starting job at the next level. I rate him much higher as a guard prospect (mid-to-late rounds) than I do as a tackle (free agent).

Career Notes

Only the fourth Cornell player to earn All-Ivy League honors three times in a career, joining

Ed Marinaro (RB, 1969-70-71), Bob Lally (LB, 1971-72-73) and Chad Levitt (RB, 1994-95-96). In 2005, Boothe became the first first-team All-America selection at Cornell since 1998 (John Hansen).

2005 Season

Recipient of the Pop Warner Most Valuable Player Award at the annual Cornell football banquet … Named to All-American first-team by The NFL Draft Report and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), earning second-team honors from The Sports Network and Associated Press … Three-time first-team All-Ivy League pick … Started the first two games at right offensive tackle before shifting to the left side for the final eight games … Served as tri-captain, as the Cornell running game averaged 248.9 yards per game (eighth nationally) … The Big Red offense ran for 26 touchdowns and averaged 4.4 yards per carry … Registered 83 key blocks/knockdowns, with ten resulting in touchdowns while allowing three quarterback sacks and three pressures … Was chosen to receive the Jaime McManamon Award, which is given to the senior who through diligence and hard work in the strength and conditioning program was able to significantly improve his performance on the field of play.

2005 Game Analysis

Bucknell … Started the season off by taking down linebacker James Lachman to spring QB Ryan Kuhn for a 16-yard scoring scamper, the team's first touchdown for the season, and posted seven key blocks as the team generated 293 yards on the ground.

Yale … Made up for allowing defensive end Brandon Dyches to sack Ryan Kuhn for a 9-yard loss by opening a hole used by Luke Siwula for a fourth quarter 12-yard touchdown run as the Big Red amassed 400 yards.

Harvard … The offense struggled, managing only 254 yards, as defensive end Brad Bagdis came over Boothe's area to sack Ryan Kuhn for a 10-yard loss.

Georgetown … Saw Ryan Kuhn get sacked for a 12-yard loss by defensive end Michael Ononibaku, but made three touchdown-resulting blocks, leading the way on Kuhn's scoring runs of 10, 1 & 5 yards as the ground game generated 323 of the team's 411 yards.

Dartmouth … Posted seven knockdowns, shoving linebacker Andrew Dete to the ground on Luke Siwula's 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and did the same to defensive end Chase Bower on Ryan Kuhn's second quarter 1-yard score, producing eight knockdowns as the offense collected 282 yards rushing.

Pennsylvania … Did not allow a tackle in his final game for the Big Red, leveling defensive end Al Nawaszczyk on Ryan Kuhn's 11-yard scoring strike to Anthony Jackson in the third quarter that capped an 8-play, 67-yard drive and later took down defensive tackle Naheem Harris to open a rush lane used by Kuhn for a fourth quarter 5-yard touchdown run.

2004 Season

All-American honorable mention by The NFL Draft Report … Earned All-Ivy League first-team honors for the second consecutive year … Shifted to right offensive tackle, starting ten games … Posted 64 knockdowns, with eight blocks resulting in touchdowns for an offense that averaged 310.9 yards per game, including 217.2 yards passing.

2004 Game Analysis

Yale … Delivered seven knockdowns and upended defensive end Brandon Dychen on a 1-yard touchdown run by Andre Hardaway as the team totaled 299 yards.

Princeton … Smashed defensive end Jake Marshall to the ground as QB Ryan Kuhn rolled out to hit Brian Romney with a 54-yard scoring strike in the first quarter and the team went on to total 320 aerial yards.

Dartmouth … Held off defensive end Chase Bower long enough for Ryan Kuhn to find Chad Nice with a game-winning 50-yard touchdown pass in a 14-7 decision.

2003 Season

All-Ivy League first-team selection … Started nine games at right offensive guard, missing the Georgetown contest after breaking bones in both of his hands … Helped the offense average 318.7 yards per game while the offensive line allowed 29 quarterback sacks.

2002 Season

Moved into the starting lineup at right guard, earning All-Ivy League second-team accolades … Part of an offense that averaged 296.9 yards per game and a member of a front wall that allowed 23 quarterback sacks.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2001: Underwent right ankle arthroscopic surgery in December.

2003: Suffered a broken bone in his right hand in September and a broken bone in his left hand in October.

Agility Tests

Combine: 5.41 in the 40-yard dash … 3.07 20-yard dash … 1.83 10-yard dash … Bench presses 225 pounds 23 times … 5.06 20-yard shuttle … 8.36 three-cone drill … 33 -inch arm length …

11 1/8-inch hands … Right-handed.

High School

Attended Pine Crest (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Neil Gruber … Played on both the offensive and defensive lines … A team co-captain as a senior, he was a first-team All-County selection as well as a second-team All-State pick … Made 40 tackles and caused two fumbles in 2000.

Personal

Hotel Administration major … Brother, Charles, played football at East Carolina … Son of Pat and Charles Boothe … Born Kevin Mark Boothe on 7/05/83 … Resides in Plantation, Florida.

 
 

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