Photo of Devontae Booker
Drafted By: Broncos

Combine Results

Grade
5.7 ?
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

If Booker stays healthy, we'll look at back at this pick as being one of the best in the 2016 draft. From his versatility to his one-cut downhill style, this is a great fit. Expect Booker to compete for a healthy dose of touches in 2016. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 5/8" Arm Length
  • 219LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands

Overview

The former Washington State signee and junior-college star ran just 31 times in his first three games with the Utes in 2014 -- then he ran for an average of 130 yards a game through the rest of the season. Booker followed up that performance with a second-team All-Pac-12 senior campaign (1,261 yards, 11 TD in 10 games) before a torn meniscus sidelined him early. His power, quickness, elusiveness in the hole, and receiving ability (80 receptions in 2014-2015) give him an excitement factor lacking from most collegiate backs.

Analysis

Strengths

Patient runner but decisive when he sees the crease. Hits it through the crease with determination. Flashes above-average feel for the way running lanes shift and change, and he flows with it making the smart choices to avoid tacklers and extend runs. Features excellent vision. Doesn’t get caught dancing very often and usually ends the run on his terms with low pads and forward lean. Can maintain play speed when changing direction and cutting. Has crisp footwork approaching the line of scrimmage and can dodge and dart around penetration to create yardage opportunities. Elusive second-level runner able to string together a slew of moves in succession. Effective pass catcher with soft hands. Rarely leaves the field. Dependable short yardage back in college. Willing to step up and do his part in pass protection.

Weaknesses

Doesn’t have the top­-end speed to be a “chunk play” runner. Full­-time running back, but on the borderline of size NFL teams look for from a full-­time back. May not be able to add more weight onto his frame without compromising quickness and his average speed. Cut down on his fumbles this season but had six last year which could be a potential concern at the NFL level. His 12­-yard runs could become 4-­yard runs thanks to average get­away speed.

NFL Comparison

Jeremy Langford

Bottom Line

Rhythm runner who has experience in a pro­-style running game and who gets better with the more carries he has. 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.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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