Devontae Booker, RB, Utah, RSr. (5-11, 212, 4.56, #23)
Utah received a preview of life without Booker on Saturday, scoring only nine points against UCLA, the first time the Utes' offense was held to single digits in over two years. Booker, who underwent surgery last week to repair a torn meniscus, is out for the rest of the season and it is unknown whether or not he'll be healthy to participate in the Senior Bowl in late January. 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 (two fumbles his last two games) and age (will be a 24-year-old rookie), Booker will be dinged by some teams throughout the process due to these factors.
Utah senior RB Devontae Booker "continues to show that he's an every-down running back, but he is on the borderline of every-down-running-back size," writes NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.
Booker rushed for a season-low 62 yards on 14 carries in Saturday's 42-24 loss to USC. "Booker showed good vision as well as an understanding of when to shake a defender and when to finish a run," Zierlein wrote. "He runs bigger than his listed size and is an effective receiver out of the backfield. Booker doesn't look like he's a speedy running back, but he does have good quickness and agility. Booker is no-brainer second-day (Rounds 2-3) draft pick, in my opinion." We aren't as high on the Utes star's pro prospects. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Booker as the No. 10 runner in the class.
Source: NFL.com Sun,
Oct 25, 2015 04:35:00 PM
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that "scouts have questions" about Utah senior RB Devontae Booker in pass protection.
"He is fearless in pass protection, but will struggle to square and sustain as a blocker – probably the only area remaining that scouts have questions about the top-rated senior back," Brugler wrote. With that being said, that may be his only weakness at the moment. The dual-threat out of the backfield, offers NFL teams a dynamic play maker, with the ability to be effective in both the passing and running game. The Utah prospect already leads the team in receptions with 23, while averaging 165.2 all-purpose yards per game, according to Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 02:05:00 PM
Utah senior RB Devontae Booker "projects somewhere in the middle portion of round two," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes.
"Booker is a three down player that can pound it on the inside, turn the corner or effectively catch the ball out of the backfield," Pauline writes. The Utes prospect is one of the top running back prospects heading into the draft. Booker impressed evaluators with his 118 yard, two touchdown performance in the Ute's 34-18 win over Arizona State. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Booker should gain heavy interest from teams looking for a dual-threat out of the backfield.
Source: TFY Draft Insider
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 02:30:00 PM
Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Utah senior RB Devontae Booker as the No. 10 runner in the class.
"Booker is maximizing the space given to him by Pac-12 defenses," Norris wrote. "He is also 23, so some could suggest he should be dominating 19 and 20 year olds. Booker will be 24 before he takes a snap in the NFL." This is not a popular opinion. Recently, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler said Booker had "top-50 pick" potential. NFL Media draft analyst Bucky Brooks believes Booker could blossom into a three-down back in the NFL.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015
Bold Opinion: Devontae Booker is the second best running back in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Analysis: Many draft analysts out there believe that the Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry is the clear cut number two running back behind Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott, but after watching comprehensive game film on the running backs in this draft class, I have come to the conclusion that Devontae Booker is the second best running back in the 2016 NFL Draft. I will say that Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon is only a hair behind Booker, but it is the complete package that got me sold on Booker. It seems as if he never goes down on first contact, and if he does get an ounce of daylight, he has the explosiveness to take it to the house. Booker’s most impressive trait to me was his balance and vision as a runner as he found ways to get skinny in the hole and make plays out of nothing. He will be 24 to enter his rookie season, but I don’t see that as much of an issue as others do and I am of the mindset that he can be a workhorse running back for a team in the near future.
Based on metrics or watching tape? I have both Collins and Howard ahead of him and Perkins about the same after watching games. I'm more than willing to change my opinion though. Always excited to go back an reevaluate.Biabreakable said:Thanks for starting a thread on this guy Faust.
I am a bit surprised by the negative comments about him so far. I have heard issues with fumbling before. Hard to imagine him or anyone being a greater risk of fumbling than Ameer was last year, I don't recall people being as negative about this issue in regards to his prospects.
FWIW I think Booker is the best RB after Elliot
"I know if I was a head coach in the draft, I’d take him early. It depends who you have on your team. How long can you wait to get him? Can you take somebody in the second round and wait for him in the third round? You can’t do that. You’re going to have to take him before the third round to get him in my opinion.”
NFL Media Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein compares Utah RB Devontae Booker to Jeremy Langford.
The 5-foot-11, 203-pounder posted 1,579 all-purpose yards last season despite missing the final four games of the campaign with a torn knee meniscus. "Rhythm runner who has experience in a pro-style running game and who gets better with the more carries he has," Zierlein wrote. "Booker is a three-down running back who has the toughness and determination to grind out short yardage while possessing the vision and footwork to create for himself when near the line of scrimmage or the second level. Booker isn't fast, but he plays at a consistent speed and should have enough quickness to be consistently productive as an NFL starting running back." The versatile back collected 80 receptions between 2014-2015.
Feb 22 - 2:54 PM
The first link didn't work for me at first. This is a fumble on a pass play 3rd and 8. Booker catches the ball and makes the initial defender miss, but he is using his left hand to help him keep his balance after the move and the ball hits the ground causing the fumble which Cal recovers. He was trying to make a play on 3rd and 8 to extend the drive, but this is another example like you described. Not sure how to coach instincts like that out of a player or if you would want to though.I have watched tons of video on Booker and here's some of the issues I saw that I mentioned earlier in the Collins thread.
In this one he fumbles after a catch. He swings his arms around trying to maintain balance and gets the ball away from his body.
Fumble vs Cal
Same thing here on a reception.
Utah vs Cal
Fumble vs Oregon
My first time watching everything I could find I noticed numerous plays like this. Most seemed to come on pass plays or when he was in space. 2nd time through I didn't take as much stock in it. I think it was just so prevalent in my mind and watching at half speed that small things stood out on a lot of plays
NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock ranked Utah RB Devontae Booker as the third-best at his position.
No surprise on the first two backs on Mayock's board. Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott and Alabama's Derrick Henry are viewed as consensus 1-2 backs in this draft pool. Booker's largely been a forgotten man in the pre-draft process, though, as he's been unable to participate in post-season activities and workouts due to a torn meniscus suffered in mid-November. The 5-foot-11, 219-pounder managed to accumulate 1,579 all-purpose yards prior to being waylaid by the injury. His hope is to be healthy enough to take part in pro day festivities on March 24, though that isn't a given at this point. We question Booker's overall explosivity, but he has proven to be a tough-as-nails runner and offers a nice set of hands out of the backfield to boot.
Mar 13 - 3:41 PM
NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt indicated that he believes that Utah RB Devontae Booker "should be a second-day (Rounds 2-3) bargain."
Brandt thinks that Booker "does have the speed and quickness to play the position" in the NFL. While he could well be right, it's difficult to judge the Utah product against the rest of the running back class, simply because he hasn't actually been able to participate in much of the pre-selection process due to the torn meniscus he endured in the last month of the 2015 regular season. The 5-foot-10, 219-pounder logged 1,579 all-purpose yards in 10 games last year and received 560 carries in his two years with the Utes. He also offers a nice pair of hands, having caught 80 passes before entering the draft pool. It remains to be seen if he'll be ready to participate in Utah's Pro Day on March 29.
Mar 21 - 7:04 PM
Utah RB Devontae Booker's knee checked out "OK" at the NFL Combine, according to a scout who spoke with NJ.com's Mark Eckel.
Booker suffered a torn meniscus during the final month of the season and missed the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine because of it. Each team comes to their own conclusion regarding medicals, but this positive review is good news. Booker, who stands 5-foot-11 and 219 pounds turns 24 before his rookie season. We would listen to an argument that stated Booker's age, development and maturity played a big part in his massive production against 20 and 21 year olds.
Mar 24 - 12:06 PM
Utah RB Devontae Booker indicated that his personal Pro Day will occur on April 12.
Booker has been largely left out of the pre-draft process to this point due a torn meniscus suffered in November. While he was on-hand for Utah's Pro Day on Thursday, he didn't perform in any drills (his lack of work was expected). He has also missed the Senior Bowl and was extremely limited at the NFL Scouting Combine. We should have a better idea of his draft future after this workout in Sacramento on April 12, but he has drawn some hype as a potential second-round selection. That's probably a bit rich for our blood, though it wouldn't be a surprise if somebody jumped up the ladder for Booker after Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott and Alabama RB Derrick Henry have been flushed off the board.
Mar 27 - 7:31 PM
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney wrote that "[a]lthough [Utah RB Devontae] Booker had impressive streaks at Utah, he comes with plenty of reason for concern."
"He was prolific every season he played thus far," Cooney noted, "but the team that takes Booker must overlook age and injury and realize his brutal style of running usually comes with a short shelf life." The 5-foot-11, 219-pounder did not participate in either the NFL Scouting Combine or the Utah Pro Day due to a torn meniscus suffered in November. In his 2016 draft guide, CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler wrote that Booker "projects as a stronger version of Justin Forsett." Cooney ranks him as the No. 3 running back in this class behind Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott and Alabama's Derrick Henry. On Wednesday, he took a visit to the Denver Broncos.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 6:50 PM
Booker -- 5-foot-11, 219 pounds -- is still recovering from Feb. 9 surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Booker is 70 percent back to normal, but was not able to perform any of the runs or jumps at his personal pro day. He did, however, run some pass routes at about 75 percent of his usual speed. Booker is said to have great hands, and it is believed that he will be ready for full participation once NFL training camps open in July.
Trying hard to be nice.
Perhaps the author is referencing leagues that are only 14 roster spots or something?I have him ranked third among this year’s crop of rookie RBs. In deeper PPR formats he’s worth a stash, but in a standard scoring league with a short bench it’ll be hard to roster him out of the gate.
He's ranking then in redraft and doesn't think booker will play right away. I disagree too with the one caveat that he's coming off an extended injury.Trying hard to be nice.
Perhaps the author is referencing leagues that are only 14 roster spots or something?
Booker is valuable in any format, even more so in PPR leagues.
ESPN's Mike Reiss has suggested a natural fit between the Patriots and Utah RB Devontae Booker.
The Patriots will definitely add a running back in this draft. One is obvious, Navy RB Keenan Reynolds. The other is unknown. Booker was extremely productive this season but suffered a knee injury in November and was sidelined. That meniscus injury has not fully healed, as Booker predicted he is 70-percent healthy. Booker will be 24 when the 2016 season kicks off.
Source: Mike Loyko on Twitter
Apr 20 - 8:49 AM
CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang tabbed Utah RB Devontae Booker as a mid-round sleeper.
At this point, it is difficult to truly view Booker as a sleeper -- some analysts like him as the third-best running back in this class -- but Rang is a fan regardless. "Booker lacks breakaway speed but he has vision, runs low and hard and possesses capable hands out of the backfield," the analyst wrote. During his personal Pro Day event earlier in April, the bulldozing back said that he was about 70% recovered from a torn meniscus that kept him out of action in November and December. He should be considered a likely Day 2 selection. If he slides to Day 3, don't expect him to be on the board for long.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 24 - 1:33 PM
An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Utah RB Devontae Booker would be "a starter you wouldn't really be excited about."
"He's a really good No. 2," the scout said. "Really good vision, quick feet, has a burst, good hands out of the backfield to catch. But he has put the ball on the ground (16 fumbles) and pass protection's not great." Booker's Wonderlic scores of 8 and 15 concern some. "He's got a little character concern and some injury issues," said another scout. "He's got quickness. He's got traits but he's not a complete guy." A third scout concluded: "He kind of does a little bit of everything well. Runs hard. Got hands. Not sudden or a blazer."
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Apr 26 - 7:11 PM
Broncos selected Utah RB Devontae Booker with the No. 136 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
Booker (5'11/219) spent two seasons at Utah after a JUCO transfer, parlaying 560 carries into 2,773 yards (4.95 YPC) and 21 TDs. Also an adept receiver, Booker caught 80 passes in just 23 games. On tape, Booker showed a sensational aptitude for making himself skinny and fitting through cracks, as well as quick feet and run-finishing ability. Concerns include Booker's small hands (8 5/8"), advanced age -- he'll be a 24-year-old rookie -- and a torn meniscus that cut his final college season three games short. Ultimately, Booker teased an NFL-starter-quality skill set as a Ute and is a promising pro prospect.
Apr 30 - 1:55 PM
RB DEVONTAE BOOKER
5-11 - 219
Round 4, No. 136 overall
Devontae Booker is a perfect fit for the Broncos' scheme.
He makes decisive cuts when the hole develops. He is adept as a receiver, having caught 80 passes for 624 yards and two touchdowns the last two years. He is prolific on the ground, racking up 2,773 yards. He has the tenacity to handle pass-protection responsibilities.
In short, he could help the Broncos have the kind of effective sharing of duties that defined some of Gary Kubiak's best offenses when he was the head coach in Houston, when he had Arian Foster and Ben Tate as a 1-2 punch that ground down opposing defenses, kept each other fresh and ensured that the Texans had a premier back available, even if one was injured.
The Broncos had to be thrilled that Booker was available in the fourth round. His talent and production could have made him a good value in the second round or even the third.
Where Booker ends up will depend on how fast he adapts to the speed at the next level. He will have to distinguish himself among a field of running backs that includes a Pro Bowler (C.J. Anderson) who carried the offense down the stretch and in the postseason of a Super Bowl run and last year's leading rusher (Ronnie Hillman).
Booker will also have to complete his recovery from torn meniscus in his knee; he said Saturday that the knee is at "90 percent." But like second-round pick Adam Gotsis, he will soon be up to speed; Booker is expected to practice by June.
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Best thought of perspective I've seen on Booker to the Broncos is someone saying that CJ ANderson couldn't keep Hillman off the field so he has no chance against Booker. This will be Booker's job by late November.Is Devontae Booker the key to Denver’s running game?
At around the 8 minute mark of the podcast is where the fan discussion about Booker, Hillman and Elway saying Booker was a consideration for them if Paxton Lynch had not been available. If that is the case why did they pass on him some more after that? Some talk about Kubiak running game usually being effective.
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