It's that time of the year again! I will be highlighting some of the players I would like the Patriots to pick in this year's draft. We have already highlighted some players and reported some private work outs, so be sure to follow us for updates! On the right hand side of this page, the "2016 NFL Draft" category will keep track of all potential Patriots players.
Are you noticing a trend, yet? The Patriots are in desperate need of a running back, and, after passing up on Matt Forte, it looks as if the Patriots are going to build that position through the draft.
If there is one thing you take from this analysis, know that Utah senior running back Devontae Booker is a smart and decisive runner. While he can be patient behind the line of scrimmage and wait for an opening, Booker tends to find the hole with relative ease and can break it off for a touchdown. Standing at 5-foot-11 and weighing 219 pounds, Booker can finish a run, but also possesses great footwork that helps him maintain his speed throughout his run. Additionally, his versatility to catch the ball with extremely soft hands could make him a lucrative prospect for the New England Patriots.
However, like most larger running backs, Booker does not have top-end speed, and it looks as if his body cannot transform much more. If he adds weight to his frame, his average speed will falter and if he loses weight, he could be susceptible to injuries. Additionally, with six fumbles last season, he may become a liability when it comes to turnovers.
For the Patriots, Booker could blossom into an every-down that is multi-dimensional. He can get the tough, needed yards like LeGarrette Blount, but also break away for a touchdown like Dion Lewis. As a likely mid-3rd round pick, the Patriots will have the ability to draft Booker if they deem him capable.