Running Back #23
Senior 5’11” 212
- junior college transfer who turned into a two-year starter at Utah
- decisive runner with elite vision
- shows tremendous balance when eluding defenders in the open field and continues to stay on his feet when breaking through contact.
- keeps consistent speed when changing direction
- a great cut-back runner but the questions rise when having that same top-notch ability when returning from knee injury
- concludes runs always leaning forward with great pad level during the running process
- not a burner and doesn’t have great acceleration when his second gear
- though also being an elusive runner, he is a bruiser between the tackles and brings on and encourages contact
- sound blocker with good hand placement and extension and will stick his nose into any oncoming defender. More of a stand up blocker than a cut blocker.
- had nine fumbles in his career losing five.
- suffered a torn meniscus in October of 2015
Booker didn’t light the woods on fire at first in his first appearances in a Ute uniform, but after being used seldom in the first three games of the 2014 season, Booker ripped five consecutive games of 100 yards averaging 133 yards per contest in the final 10 games of the 2014 season. He continued to roll the next season rushing for at least 100 yards in seven of his 10 games played in 2015 before suffering a torn meniscus ending his season early in October.
A healthy Booker is undoubtedly one of the most effective runners in college football. Being a game changer for the Utes’ offense, Booker was used in multiple ways out of the backfield being an obvious threat as a runner but is equally impressive as a receiver and an extra blocker in pass protection. With the ball in his hand, Booker creates separation being able to make defenders miss with solid maneuverability skills to elude tacklers while also shrugging off defenders boasting great power and downfield running to break through arm tackles and extra contact. Before hitting the second level of his run, Booker displays excellent vision and patience to make the right decision to explode through the line with the ability to get skinny and create something out of nothing at the line of scrimmage.
Overall, Booker is a clean prospect with the skillset to be an every down back at the next level with his decisive and powerful running attitude and ability to catch passes and step into a defender and hit them in the mouth when blocking. The concerns come when not showing great speed to hit the homerun ball and whether or not he will come back as explosive as he was before injuring his knee.
Round Value: Second Round
NFL Comparison: Arian Foster
Being a Swiss Army Knife out of the backfield, the two have solid movement skills to make something happen no matter the situation. Both have solid build to bowl over and power through defenders but display light feet and great body control to quickly change direction and be effective.