With the 239th selection of the 2022 NFL Draft
In the seventh round, the LA Rams select
And with the pick, the Rams invest in the defensive line once more. One of the incredible features of having a defensive line coach who is so atop his game like Coach Henderson is the fact that he allows the LA Rams front office to invest in raw but talented defensive linemen, knowing that Henny will coach them up.
Booker is of great value in this spot. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 301-pounds, he has the foundation to slide all over the Rams’ defensive front, almost a necessity when lining up next to Aaron Donald. He is an interior defensive lineman at heart, with a true passion for sniffing out and stuffing the runner. He also just happens to be a very athletic defensive player.
He has the flash of somebody who can play solid football in the NFL but is just too inconsistent to do so. In four seasons at Stanford, he put up 159 tackles, 20.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 quarterback sacks, eight pass deflections, and one interception. While you will see his potential, Booker is incredibly shrewd. He already ‘gets’ the pattern reads of opponents and is working to avoid habits that broadcast what he intends to do.
He would make an ideal backfill type of player to fill the loss of Sebastian Joseph Day. He is better than his draft profile reads for now. His biggest shortcomings right now are NFL experience and power. Those can be found simply by being with the Rams through training camp and the offseason programs. He may not be the plug-and-play variety, but he will be worth the investment.