Thomas Booker

Thomas Booker

Measurements
  • Height
    6035
  • Hand
    10 5/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
    302lbs
  • Arm
    33 1/4
  • Speed
    4.94
DT Combine Averages
  • Height
    6022
  • Hand
    10
  • VJ
    -
  • Weight
    312lbs
  • Arm
    33
  • Speed
    5.15
Tolbert Nance - Scout
Thomas Booker
  • Overall Rank
    83
  • Position Rank
    8
  • Position
    DT
  • Age
    22.6 Years
  • Team
    STANFORD

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Sacks Misc. Stats
2018 11 29 4 5.6% 3.5 1 INT, 2 PD, 1 FR
2019 12 50 9 7.0% 4 3 PD, 1 FF
2020 6 21 3 8.1% 1 2 PD, 1 FR
2021 12 59 5 6.9% 1 1 PD

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Thomas Booker has adequate overall size for 3-5 Tech in a multiple defense with adequate height and average weight. Due to playing all over the DL while at Thomas Booker, he would occasionally get driven into the ground with loss of leverage and balance but also showed tremendous power and hand strength in flashes (best bench, 31, among all DTs). Stores a substantial amount of his weight in his round hips and large rear. Possesses adequate overall length with adequate arm length, limited shoulder width, and elite hand size. Booker does miss on length tackles at times. Booker has shown to have an outstanding frame considering that he has played in every possible game he could play in since 2018 (his true FR season, 43 games), has a very impressive family background of athletic/academic success, along with having leadership qualities that translate to even better belief that he can continue to improve himself on and off the field (see Summary for leadership, awards, etc.).

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    6
  • Frame/Durability
    8
Grade 6.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Thomas Booker has average toughness, having shown the willingness to play from a 0-5 Tech with the strength and versatility in college to work in all of those capacities. Even so, he did get knocked off the ball and would love his leverage in the 2nd part of the snap and struggled specifically vs. reach/wrap blocks. Possesses adequate instincts, consistently anticipating the snap (did have some offsides) while having active eyes vs. Run (could manage a 2-Gap assignment and work his head around to the ball) and Pass (when he couldn’t finish on a rush, he did show ability to get his hands up and executed some batted passes). Adequate effort/motor, as he runs his feet on contact consistently and will run and chase in space. Although he is disruptive with his motor, he needs to extend that effort to finish off plays as he often too poor angles to the ball or would avoid the ball carrier if he saw someone else charging toward the ball carrier.

  • Toughness
    5
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 5.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Thomas Booker is a very athletic player overall for his size and possesses above the line explosiveness evident both in his anticipatory get off and his flashes of very explosive initial punch. The problem isn’t necessarily his initials moreso as it is his ability to finish on plays and continue to push pockets (just maintains). Also, he is explosive out of his cuts with somewhat lazy redirect, but ultimately above the line COD that is evident by Booker’s play in flashes playing square down the LOS toward run opposite. Shows adequate speed running and chasing in space along with rushing the corner from a 5 (where he doesn’t quite get to the QB but can be disruptive). Limited body control and is very inconsistent here, struggling to play on doubles while having plays in multiple games where he is on the ground. Limited flexibility/bend as he is ankle flexible but tight in his hips, which limits his ability to redirect when his body is fully turned especially. Possesses adequate play strength with room for improvement with flashes of great power, but often gets knocked off his place after initial contact or if he doesn’t win early.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    4
  • Flexibility/Bend
    4
  • Change of Direction
    7
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 5.7

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Thomas Booker possesses above the line get off/initial burst as he is 1 of the 1st off the LOS with anticipation and is especially good working laterally off the LOS. Not to mention has adequate 1st 2 step quickness. Limited pass rusher due to having ability to bend in his ankles and bend a corner effectively but ultimately struggling as an interior rusher consistently with his stiffness in his hips limiting his ability to work around OL in close quarters. Plays around too much in rush often, getting himself nowhere early. More of a disruptive player that is a step slow to consistently be consistently a 5-Tech. Flashes heavy handedness but is ultimately average due to having to win early with his initially strike while not being able to create knock back and create pocket-pushing pressure as the snap goes on. Limited at the POA due to his inconsistencies with body control and struggles with doubles (played out of position when at a 0 while at Stanford, which probably hurts this grade more than it should). Poor disengage and doesn't have a plan there especially in the 2nd half of the snap. Average closing speed as he gets to the ball carrier's generally vicinity but ultimately doesn't finish on ball carriers enough (mental thing or bad angles?). Limited twitch/suddeness as he showed ability to bend in his ankles but his hip stiffness due to his large hips limits him. Adequate play temperament and brings it each snap but needs to continue to improve the 2nd half of the snap.

  • Get Off/Initial Burst
    7
  • Pass Rush
    4
  • Heavy Handedness
    5
  • Point of Attack
    4
  • Disengage
    3
  • Closing Speed
    5
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    4
  • Play Temperament
    6
Grade 4.8

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
SR who has started 27 of 43 games, including 12 of 12 in 2021. 4-star HS prospect who moved across the country (Gilman HS in Baltimore, MD) to go to Stanford. 1st-Team All-State pick, Track Team Captain (won a state title in Shot Put), and Senior class President while in HS. Comes from a very intelligent and athletic family background (father played football at Wisconsin and started at OLB as a FR, sister graduated from law school at Duke, other sister played JV Tennis at Princeton, cousing played Lacrosse at Brown, and uncle played football at St. Francis). Contributed as a True FR in 2018 (starting 3 of 13 games played), making the 247 Sports True FR All-America Team, making the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, and also gaining the Jimmy Rogers Jr. Most Valuable Lineman of the Sun Bowl (Stanford’s Bowl game that year). Also was 4th on the team in sacks in 2018 (3.5). Entered SOPH year (2019) more established and played in all 12 games, starting 6, leading to an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention. Increased his role even more in a shortened season in 2020 as a JR, starting in all 6 games played, earning All-Pac 12 1st Team All Purpose/Special Teams (Coaches, All-Pac 12 2nd Team DL (Coaches, Phil Steele), and multiple other awards (2020 was also the 1st year he was a Team Captain). Continued his success in 2021 as a Team Captain for the 2nd year in a row while earning All-Pac-12 2nd Team DL (Coaches, Phil Steele) while starting in all 12 games. Other miscellaneous awards throughout his career include: 2022 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, William V. Campbell Trophy finalist (2021, otherwise known as the academic Heisman), Senior CLASS Award 1st Team (2021), 2-time CoSIDA Academic All-America 1st Team (2020, 2021), 2-time Co-SIDA Academic All-District (2020, 2021), 3-time Pac-12 All-Academic Honor Roll (2019-2021), Outstanding Senior Award (2021), Phil Moffatt Award (2020), and Frank Rehm Award (2020). In 2020, Booker helped found CardinalBLCK (Brilliance, Leadership, Community, and Knowledge) as a safe space for Black student-athletes. East/West Shrine Bowl participant. Played under HC David Shaw (11th season), DC Lance Anderson (15th season), and DL Coach Diron Reynolds (6th season). On the field and in the NFL, Although he played some out of position at Stanford, Thomas Booker projects as a 3-5 Tech in a multiple defense who would fit initially as a Role Player/Backup with ability to develop into a Functional Starter that you can win with. Booker has a bit to go because he has flashed ability to strike and extend as a 2-Gapping player, but does misplace his hands high and can lose leverage and ultimately his feet at times. He has shown versatility to play from a 0-5 Tech but should be restrained to 3-5 due to those inconsistencies with power. Regardless, he does have ability within both his uppers (highest bench press in the combine among DTs) and lowers (very strong hip build and above the line COD with adequate speed). Booker could potentially be 1 of the higher upside DTs in the draft if he is able to improve consistency in all phases and develop secondary moves and counters (doesn't have those right now and loses often in the 2nd phase of the snap with disengages, etc.). Lack of TFL/sack stats is concerning for sure.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Vanderbilt
  • Sep - 18 - 2021
  • Instinctive / Winning early / Disruptive (needs to finish more) / Got into his best positions this game
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Notre Dame
  • Nov - 27 - 2021
  • Non-factor for most of the game / Offsides (anticipating) / Body getting turned
Best Trait
Pedigree (Upside) / General AA for Position
Pro Comparison
N/A