Monday, former Utah running back and Sacramento Grant High School graduate Devontae Booker held a personal pro day at his old high school. Normally such a pro day would not be needed, but Booker was unable to participate in the Utah pro day back on March 24 due to his ongoing recovery from knee surgery he had back on February 9.
With the draft just two weeks away, Booker wanted to show he was well on his way to returning from the injury.
"I felt pretty good," Booker told media in attendance. "Really it's just like my second week running. Only been running for about two weeks now and it just really getting my legs starting to get back into running more and getting back used to cutting and things like that, so it was pretty good."
"I'm getting better. I'm just turning that corner now and starting to get back to my old self and getting out here to run and play ball and play the game that I love."
"It's been a long road and for me to be almost at the top is definitely an exciting feeling and I get to see where I land here in two weeks."
Among those in attendance was Raiders running backs coach Bernie Parmalee, who gave Booker who worked especially close with Booker according to Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee. They captured this shot of Parmalee working with Booker.
There were representatives from 18 different NFL teams present at the pro day according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, who noted that Booker did not perform any runs or jumps that day, but did run some passing routes at 3/4 speed.
Booker was on his way to being one of the first running backs taken in the draft before his knee injury cost him the final three games of his senior season. He still may be among the top backs taken. He ran for over 1500 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior and put up 1261 yards and 11 touchdowns in ten games as a senior. He is expected to be fully ready by the time NFL training camps begin in late July.