Denver Broncos rookie running back Devontae Booker is looking to make the 31 teams in the NFL that passed on him pay for doing so…
Players like Devontae Booker don’t just fall in the NFL Draft. If teams want to prioritize scoring the football, not many have done better over the last two seasons in major college football than Booker. He is a two-time All-Pac 12 selection who rushed for an average of 120 yards per game and racked up 21 touchdowns on the ground over the last two years.
And after 135 other names had been called in the 2016 NFL Draft, he finally heard his name called by the Denver Broncos.
It’s a perfect situation for Booker, who goes to the revamped Super Bowl champs and gets to work in tandem with 2014 Pro Bowl running back C.J. Anderson.
Booker said that dropping in the draft didn’t bother him in the slightest…
“This isn’t anything new to me. Me dropping in the draft, I really didn’t care about it. As you said, I’ve been overlooked pretty much my whole career playing ball. Just for me to fall down or whatever or however the situation was, I’m just blessed to be here and be in this position today to go out and contribute to the organization.”
But even though he says it didn’t bother him, it’s not going to stop him from making the rest of the teams in the NFL that passed on him pay for what they’ve done.
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“The chip gets even bigger. It’s probably the biggest it’s even been now. Just going out there and proving all of the haters and everyone wrong. Just make all of the other 31 teams that passed me up pay.”
Whether it was because he turns 24 later this month, or perhaps teams were worried about his knee injury, the fact remains that Booker dropped in the draft and the Broncos wound up with one of the absolute best values in the entire class. They don’t have to make him the ‘bell cow’ back and can move forward with a deep, talented rotation at the position that offers versatility on third downs.
Booker can be really special in Denver and he has a big chip on his shoulder to help him make it happen.