Denver, CO- The Denver Broncos just got a little more verstile. With pick No. 136, the defending Super Bowl champions selected one of the highest rated players on their board, grabbing running back Devontae Booker out of Utah.
The Broncos were able to get Booker at a great value, which is always key to having a successful draft. The 23-year old was rated among many scouts as one of the top three running backs in this draft class. In fact, he was consistently inside the top 100 players overall in this class. So, being able to select him with the 136 pick must have brought a big smile to Broncos general manager John Elway.
"Picked RB Devontae Booker in the fourth round from Utah," Elway tweeted following the pick. "One of the highest rated running backs on our board. He's physical, versatile, and has great ball skills."
Elway and the Broncos had been high on Booker throughout the draft process. They visited with first at the combine, then hosted him again at their Dove Valley training facility earlier this month.
According to sources, Booker was ranked as the second running back on the Broncos' board and he would have been considered with thier first round pick had they not been able to secure Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.
During two seasons as the Utes' starting running book, Booker rushed for 2,773 yards, 21 touchdowns, and a yards per carry average of 5.0. However, Booker was also a weapon out the backfield, recording 80 catches for 622-yards and 2 touchdowns.
He very well could have taken higher had it not been for a torn meniscus he suffered during his last season at Utah. On a conference call with the Denver media, Booker said he is "about 90% recovered" from the injury.
Booker will come into training camp with an opportunity to backup C.J. Anderson immediately and could get repetitions as the Broncos' starting running back in the future.
Jake Marsing is the Broncos Beat Writer for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @JakeDMarsing
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