Devontae Booker, RB, Utah – 2016

Broncos, Round 4. Junior college transfer in 2014.

Postseason Events: NFL Combine.

Positives: He has adequate height and bulk for the position. Above-average vision for the cutback behind the line. He is a 1 cut and go runner who is patient and decisive behind the line and doesn’t waste much motion. Moves well laterally and is able to bounce runs outside when they are blocked inside. Above-average speed, quickness and burst. Above-average power and is difficult to bring down, and will break multiple arm tackles on a run. Shows good agility and can leapfrog defenders that are in his way. Shows nice burst after stopping his momentum and is able to explode through defenders. Gets low through the line to power through. Doesn’t give up easily on a run. Churns legs well and maintains balance very well through contact. Very good balance and effort after contact. Good hands and can extend to snag passes off balance. Above-average body control and can adjust to catch off target passes. Adequate upper-body strength. Though he injured his knee in November 2015, his knee reportedly checked out fine at the Combine.

Negatives: Below-average concentration at times and will turn upfield before securing the ball. Needs to run with higher knees at times through traffic at the line. Needs to be more aware of clock management and getting out of bounds. Below-average hand size. Will already be 24 by the start of the 2016 NFL season. Sat out 2013 due to an academic issue. Tore left meniscus in November 2015, had surgery, and missed the rest of the season. Still wasn’t working by his March pro day.

Pre-Draft Projection: Round 3. He has pretty much everything I look for a running back – athleticism, power, and hands – and should be a starter for some team pretty quickly.

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