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Broncos selected Utah RB Devontae Booker with the No. 136 overall pick in the 2016 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 at Utah and is a promising pro prospect.
Apr 30 - 1:59 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."
Apr 26 - 7:11 PM

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

Per the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, the Raiders are "displaying serious interest" in Utah C Siaosi Aiono.

A three-year starter who has played both tackle and center, Aiono has been largely a quiet commodity this draft season. The 6-foot-2, 312-pounder did participate in the East-West Shrine Game. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein views him as a potential undrafted free agent due to his "lack of necessary foot quickness and flexibility."
Apr 24 - 1:21 PM

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.
Apr 20 - 8:49 AM

Per the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, Utah RB Devontae Booker is visiting the Steelers on Tuesday.

The Steel Curtain is already pretty stacked at running back between Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams, but the former is coming off a torn ACL and the latter is getting up there in football years. Hence, due diligence on Booker. The 5-foot-10, 219-pounder has been relatively limited throughout the pre-draft process as he recovers from a November torn meniscus, but managed to take part in a personal Pro Day of sorts early last week. He has indicated that he feels he is up to around 70% health. NFL Draft Scout writer Frank Cooney views him as the third best running back prospect in this class, trailing only Ezekiel Elliott and Derrick Henry.
Apr 19 - 4:58 PM

The running backs coaches from the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks attended Utah RB Devontae Booker's (knee) personal Pro Day workout on Tuesday.

Both clubs are likely to draft a runner at some point. Booker wasn't able to perform for scouts at Utah's Pro Day last month due to ongoing recovery from meniscus surgery on Feb. 9. He's still not totally healthy, estimating he was 70-percent. Booker thus didn't perform testing drills on Tuesday. Instead, he ran a few pass routes at less than top speed. Booker will visit the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots before the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 12 - 4:51 PM

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

Utah RB Devontae Booker had a pre-draft visit with the Broncos on Wednesday.

The Broncos would like to add a running back to their stable, but they have more pressing needs and thus will likely wait until later on to do so. Searching for an RB to fit a one-cut, zone scheme, they could do worse than Booker if he's available on Day 3. It's an added bonus that Booker's receiving chops could help ease the acclimation of whatever new starter Denver will have behind center in 2016.
Apr 7 - 3:25 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

During Utah's Pro Day on Thursday, QB Kendal Thompson took part in wide receiver drills.

Playing behind starter Travis Wilson, Thompson completed 28-of-36 passes for 220 yards and a 1/1 TD/INT ratio in four games this past season. There is no realistic path for him to play quarterback at the NFL level, though, and he's now exploring other options. Namely, wide receiver and punt returner. Said Thompson of transitioning toward the new horizon, "Just the challenge of learning new techniques at receiver and catching punts is new to me. But the competitor I am, I embrace that challenge." The Salt Lake Tribune's Kyle Goon wrote that Thompson "didn't [drop] too many passes" and, at times, showed "soft hands" during position drills. He is a probable undrafted free agent at this point.
Mar 27 - 5:08 PM

Utah DE Jason Fanaika indicated that he has been hearing that he will be drafted in the range of the third round to the fifth round.

Said Fanaika, "From what I've heard is middle [rounds]. That could mean anything: third, fourth, fifth. I'm just trying to work my tail off and get drafted so I can help out a team in any area." By all accounts, he turned in a nice Pro Day on Thursday and finished out with drills as both a linebacker and defensive end. The 6-foot-2, 274-pounder isn't afraid to tout his multi-faceted game, saying flat-out "I'm pretty versatile."
Mar 27 - 4:43 PM

Utah junior WR Kyle Fulks is dropping fewer passes this spring, according to HC Kyle Whittingham.

"[Fulks has] really made a lot of progress as far as his knowledge of the scheme and not dropping the football. Too many drops is what kept him off the field last year," Whittingham said. The 5-foot-9, 178-pounder transferred over to Utah after three seasons at Blinn Community College, but failed to catch a pass in his first year with the Utes in 2015. If he has truly cleared up his catch issues, there should be opportunities in the coming season. Utah is looking to replace leading receiver Britain Covey.
Mar 26 - 4:56 PM

Utah HC Kyle Whittingham indicated that Utah redshirt senior RB Troy McCormick (knee) might be able to play without a brace in the coming season.

McCormick suffered a knee injury last spring, one which ultimately prevented him from playing during the 2015 campaign. He should be on the other side of that, now, as Whittingham said that the 5-foot-9, 175-pounder was under no restrictions during winter workouts. "Even with the brace on, he's been really fast and explosive [this spring]. He may evolve into a little more of an expanded role as a slot receiver, but he's a running back right now," the head coach elaborated. With Devontae Booker heading to the NFL, McCormick should have a legitimate shot at an expanded role in 2016.
Mar 26 - 3:25 PM

Utah QB Travis Wilson said that he had been working on a higher throwing motion heading into Thursday's Pro Day.

We've given Wilson occasional reality checks in this space simply because we don't see him as a legitimate NFL quarterback. To his credit, he is aware of his human imperfection, saying, "I’m trying to get the ball up a little bit higher and just working on my fundamentals. That was something I really wanted to harp on throughout this whole training process and just be more accurate with the football." It (perhaps) worked, as TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that he might have "[done] just enough to get practice-squad consideration" thanks to a nice Pro Day show.
Source: ksl.com
Mar 26 - 1:47 PM


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