Devontae Booker: 2016 Cowboys RB Prospect

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Devontae Booker rushed for 1,261 yards and 11 TDs on 268 carries and caught 37 passes despite missing the final 3 games of the season. He lead the nation averaging over 26 carries per game and finished 8th with 305 touches from scrimmage in just 10 games.

Devontae Booker

Devontae Booker was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection and team captain. He is a complete back who set the school record at Utah averaging 120.6 yards per game rushing and hauled in 80 passes over his two year career for the Utes.

Dallas will bring back the veteran Darren McFadden, but must upgrade their depth at runningback for the 2016 season after releasing Joseph Randle midseason and failing to add a back in the 2015 NFL Draft. Lance Dunbar is coming off a torn ACL and like Robert Turbin, both enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. This scouting report profiles Devontae Booker as a potential starter.

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Devontae Booker, RB
Height | Weight: 5-11 212
College: Utah, American River College
Age: 23
Round: 2-3

Official Utes Team Bio: 2015–All-Pac-12 second team running back … played and started in 10 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury … Maxwell Award semifinalist (national player of the year) … Doak Walker Award semifinalist (nation’s top running back) … SI.com Midseason All-America second team … third in the Pac-12 (11th in the NCAA) with 126.1 rushing yards per game … averaged 130.9 rushing yards per game in Pac-12 games (4.98 ypc) … fourth in the Pac-12 with 1,261 net rushing yards on 268 carries (4.7 ypc) … tied for third in the Pac-12 with seven 100-yard rushing games: California (222), Fresno State (156), Washington (150), Arizona (145), Oregon State (121), Utah State (120) and Arizona State (118) … Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after going for a season-high 222 rushing yards against Cal, the ninth-most in school history, and totaling a season-high 267 all-purpose yards (45 receiving yards on four catches) … 11 rushing touchdowns is fourth in the conference … at the time of the injury, led the nation with 305 touches from scrimmage (30.5 per game) and carries per game (26.8) … 34 carries against Cal, Washington and Arizona, the eighth-most in school history, and tied for the most in the Pac-12 this season … 157.9 all-purpose yards per game ranks ninth in the NCAA and third in the Pac-12 … 37 catches for 318 yards … season-best 57 receiving yards against Michigan (seven catches) … 56 receiving yards at Fresno State (five catches) … threw a 25-yard touchdown pass at Oregon … team captain.

2014–First-team All-Pac-12 running back was also the All-Pac-12 Academic first-team running back … averaged 116.3 yards per game overall … after playing sparingly in the first three games, he averaged 133.3 yards in the final 10 games (130.1 against Pac-12 teams) … 116.3-yard rushing average was second in the Pac-12 and No. 21 nationally … 1,512 yards ranks second all-time in a season at Utah … 292 carries ranked third in a season at Utah, 116.3 yards per game was fifth and 10 rushing touchdowns tied for the sixth most … seven 100-yard games tied for the third-most in a season in school history … 100-yard games came against Oregon State (229), Washington State (178), Colorado State (162), UCLA (156), Arizona State (146), Arizona (142) and USC (102) … ran for 100 yards in Utah’s first five conference games, which tied him for the second-most consecutive 100-yard games in school history … 229 yards at Oregon State was the best single-game rushing total in the Pac-12 in 2014 … had the two busiest rushing games in the Pac-12 with 37 carries against Arizona State and 33 against UCLA … finished second in the Pac-12 and 17th in the nation in all-purpose yards per game (144.2) … 1,875 all-purpose yards ranked third in a season at Utah … tied for the second-most receptions on the team (43) for 306 yards and two touchdowns … season-best 110 receiving yards and a TD against Oregon.

PRIOR TO UTAH: Signed with Washington State out of high school before enrolling at American River College … first-team all-Valley Conference in 2012 when he led the conference in rushing yards per game and touchdowns … rushed for 1,472 yards and 15 touchdowns and also had nine receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns his sophomore season … 22 carries for 282 yards (12.8 average) and five touchdowns vs. Monterey … three kickoff returns for 164 yards (54.7 average) and a touchdown against Santa Rosa … as a freshman, he rushed for 793 yards (7.93 average, 79.3 yards per game) and 12 touchdowns … also caught 10 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown, and ran back 10 kickoffs for 348 yards and a touchdown in 2011 … American River played in the 2012 Northern California Football Association championship game … sat out the 2013 season to finish academic coursework … as a senior at Grant Union High (Calif.) in 2009, he rushed for 2,884 yards and 45 touchdowns … won U.S. Air Force National Player of the Week … 2009 first-team MaxPreps All-State Division I … NorCalPreps.com Division I Player of the Year … second-team CalHiSports.com all-state … Sacramento Bee all-Metro in 2008 and 2009 … led Grant High to the 2008 CIF State Open Division state title, leading the team in rushing yards (1,850) and touchdowns (36). PERSONAL: Son of Ronnie and Francis Booker … sociology major will receive his bachelor’s degree in December … full name is Devontae Dupree Booker … born May 27, 1992.

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Film Study:

  • Devontae Booker has good speed, excellent balance to break tackles and will keep his feet moving after contact. Gives good effort as a pass protector, good set up with his footwork but has room to improve. Very physical runner despite his size. Very good jump cut runner. Excellent vision and has natural feel for the cutback lane and exploding to daylight. He will finish his runs with authority. Effective spin move and excellent burst.
  • Needs to switch hands to keep ball away from defenders when running outside. Ran exclusively out of shotgun spread offense at Utah. Takes a lot of hits due to his physical running style. Needs to stay on his feet and not try to jump over defenders as often as observed on tape.

Davontae Booker tore his meniscus in his left knee causing him to miss the final 3 games of the season. He will try to appear at the Senior Bowl on January 30th, but he will have to pass the medical checks at the combine regardless to confirm the surgery was successful.

Overall Booker is an excellent runningback prospect able to do his job in all phases. He averaged more carries per game (26.5) than Heisman trophy winner Derrick Henry; showcasing his ability to be a workhorse back. He is a physical runner and combined with his speed and vision it creates a dangerous combination for opposing defenders. He provides more than a safety valve in the passing game amassing 80 receptions during his two seasons at Utah and a more than willing pass protector. Assuming his knee checks out at the combine, Devontae Booker is an ideal fit for the Dallas rushing attack with his vision for cutback lanes in zone and running style to help return this unit to the physical force it was in 2014.

 

 

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  • gcarr1213

    I’m assuming a scouting report on Jalen Ramsey and Joey Bosa, are just too easy to do, and not really fun. Knowing how good they are already.

  • gcarr1213

    I’m assuming a scouting report on Jalen Ramsey and Joey Bosa, are just too easy to do, and not really fun. Knowing how good they are already.

  • MikeRay34

    gcarr1213 where’s the fun in that? Finding a middle round gem that can make an impact is the best part of the draft.

  • gcarr1213

    MikeRay34 gcarr1213 Normally is.

  • MikeRay34

    gcarr1213 MikeRay34 Dallas just hasn’t been good at all in the past 6 years.

  • gcarr1213

    MikeRay34 gcarr1213 After round 3 we do almost nothing. And even 3rd rounds picks are rare.

  • gcarr1213 MikeRay34 I agree with mike, but I will be doing Bosa anyway. Ramsey is Cas guy she will do him.

  • MikeRay34

    gcarr1213 MikeRay34 Demarco Murray was a good. Tyrone Crawford hopefully can rebound.

  • MikeRay34 gcarr1213 Crawford was my guy at Boise. he has pretty much been playing one arm and he he needs a solid 1 tech to compliment his skillset.

  • gcarr1213

    albeam17 gcarr1213 MikeRay34 I prefer Ramsey, better playmaker. Bosa is 1 spot higher on my board. I don’t have Goff or Lynch in my top 20, I only see about that many first round caliber players. I have Reed in my top ten at number 10.

  • gcarr1213 albeam17 MikeRay34 you know how I feel about Reed

  • gcarr1213 albeam17 MikeRay34 you know how I feel about Reed

  • gcarr1213

    albeam17 gcarr1213 MikeRay34 I knew about Reed before most of you guys. I just didn’t start feeling he was a top 10 player until recently. I like him a lot, just not at 4. But he is in the top 10 for me.

  • gcarr1213

    Someone should do Austin Johnson DT from Penn State. I haven’t studied him yet, and Broddus seems high on him.

  • gcarr1213 albeam17 MikeRay34 I highly doubt that. Covering the draft is our specialty here.

  • gcarr1213 I already studied him. wasn’t impressed with his technique and pad level. Doesn’t have that burst off the snap that Marinelli looks for. He is more of a run stuffer than a pass rusher against NFL OL. Doesn’t get good arm extension either. He can stack and shed pretty well in the Big 10, but not so sure how he will handle NFL competition. He is, in my mind, a project who will struggle to be an every down player. I project him as a backup or situational player.

  • gcarr1213 A’Shawn Robinson is flying up my board.

  • CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 In a perfect world a team could pull off getting him and Ragland.

  • gcarr1213 albeam17 MikeRay34 CBS has Goff at 4: that’s a joke to me. I wouldn’t draft him period.

  • gcarr1213

    albeam17 CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 I love Ragland. He’s slightly below CJ Mosely in terms of ability, but he’s a more ferocious tackler. He plays in coverage at times, but I see a lot of rushing the passer on third, need to see why that is.

  • gcarr1213

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 Robinson and Bosa are similar, not in talent level or ability, but in the fact both are rabid dogs that like to hurt you.

  • BigDIndiana

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213  touted him on the cowboy board and people were like…ehhh. with 1 tech size he gets disruption we don’t get from Hayden, who turns 30 shortly. He goes before Reed but not a #4 pick. In a trade back he could be in play, along with Ragland, Buckner, NKemdiche, Treadwell, Jack. If Bosa isn’t there, and they don’t want one of the 2 DBs there, could be a good spot to trade back a few with some good talent around the 10 spot.

    If someone wants to jump San Fran for one of the QBs we would probably get a good price in terms of picks. I usually don’t like to trade back but maybe Chicago at 11 could be a partner IF they give up the bank with picks. If they really want the guy I wouldn’t cry too much as it is a position of need and he is talented.

  • BigDIndiana

    gcarr1213 albeam17 CowgirlCas22  I want a starter at 4 and ILB with Ragland could do that. DLine could produce a couple of starters with a few of the guys also. Take Ragland at 4?

  • BigDIndiana

    albeam17 gcarr1213 MikeRay34  someone always reaches for a QB and I thin SF will take him. Anyone else that wants him would jump SF, maybe we could get a kings ransom in picks for a trade up 🙂 Only problem we would likely have to go back at least to 11 or further for who is there in the QB hunt. But there is a fair amount of talent likely to be there 10-15.

  • BigDIndiana

    gcarr1213 albeam17 MikeRay34  I watch a lot of SEC and seen Bama play numerous times. The one that stands out as a pain to deal with is Robinson….from the games I watched

  • BigDIndiana

    gcarr1213 albeam17 MikeRay34  I watch a lot of SEC and seen Bama play numerous times. The one that stands out as a pain to deal with is Robinson….from the games I watched

  • gcarr1213

    BigDIndiana albeam17 gcarr1213 MikeRay34 In a trade down, Reggie Ragland, another OT, or Treadwell come into play if you go beyond pick 11 or 12.

  • BigDIndiana

    gcarr1213 BigDIndiana albeam17 MikeRay34  haven’t really considered another OT pick. Hope Green develops by the time Free is done. Really want D but Treadwell is a beast and would be OK with it.

  • BigDIndiana gcarr1213 albeam17 MikeRay34 every time Jerry trades down he screws it up. My thought is best available at 4. I believe with a high second they can get a 1st round talent. That’s 2 starters and if they can actually hit in the 3rd for a change 3 starters. Adding a piece or two in FA and this team could be in good shape. They are in position to restructure Smith, Crawford and Dez which would free up about $26 million cap space.

  • BigDIndiana gcarr1213 albeam17 MikeRay34 Robinson is the next Suh. Give that kid a year in an NFL program and folks would be happy with taking him at 4. There are a couple really decent 2nd round corners this year. I believe other than Bosa Robinson is the 2nd best DL in this draft. He is the missing link in that pass rush. 
    The Tampa 2 is set up to get pressure by only rushing 4. That means all the pieces need to be there. Crawford needs the 1 to compliment him like sapp had in Tampa Bay. The attention Robinson would get creates some one on one matchups for other guys. Wont be dealing with QBs having a nice pocket to step up in to and eat a sandwich while someone gets open on 3rd and 17. And this D was bottom of the the league on 3rd and 1-3. They couldn’t stop the runs up the gut. Robinson has the ability to move around the line too.Marinelli had success when they used that 3 man front so he could rush from the 5 if they keep Casey to play the zero when they line up like that.

  • gcarr1213 albeam17 CowgirlCas22 Ragland is a great player, but I saw him take some bad angles, or bite on the play action at times. With some  time to develop he could become an all pro. I would rather have the nasty of a Burfict or Perryman though.

  • gcarr1213 albeam17 CowgirlCas22 Ragland is a great player, but I saw him take some bad angles, or bite on the play action at times. With some  time to develop he could become an all pro. I would rather have the nasty of a Burfict or Perryman though.

  • BigDIndiana gcarr1213 albeam17 CowgirlCas22 the only way I take him at 4 is if Bosa Ramsey and Robinson are gone. Hell if the OT from Ole Miss is there, it would be hard to say no. He could be the next williams complimenting Smith.

  • MikeRay34

    gcarr1213 albeam17 CowgirlCas22 Ragland has a burst and they want speed from their outside rushers to push the QB up into Reed and Robinson. I am turned off a bit on Ragland, needs to navigate through traffic better and was not impressed with his ability to take on blockers and still get to the ball. He is still a starter and he can for sure explode into a ballcarrier if given a clear path which makes upgrading the 1-technique a must as well.

  • MikeRay34

    gcarr1213 albeam17 CowgirlCas22 Ragland has a burst and they want speed from their outside rushers to push the QB up into Reed and Robinson. I am turned off a bit on Ragland, needs to navigate through traffic better and was not impressed with his ability to take on blockers and still get to the ball. He is still a starter and he can for sure explode into a ballcarrier if given a clear path which makes upgrading the 1-technique a must as well.