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NFL Draft: Player Profile - John David Booty
John Tuvey
April 21, 2008
Quarterback - USC

Combine Height: 6-2
Combine Weight: 218
Combine 40 Time: 4.82

Threw for 5,708 yards and 52 touchdowns in two seasons as the Trojans’ starter, with 19 interceptions and a completion percentage of 62.3.

Skill Set:
Booty has been groomed for the role of NFL quarterback: first by his father and brother, who both played collegiately, and later by Matt Leinart at USC. All that clipboard time has served him well, as Booty is adept at reading defenses. He also brings a strong, accurate arm and quick release to the mix as well and would seem to be an ideal fit for the West Coast offense.

Why, then, is a quarterback with good genes and a USC pedigree not ranked higher? Booty is a bit undersized by NFL quarterback standards and had more than his share of passes batted down in college (anyone remember the loss to Oregon State in 2006?). He also had trouble staying healthy, counting a broken finger, bruised elbow, and back surgery among his maladies. The good news is that Booty projects to be at minimum a solid NFL backup; the bad news is that his upside might not be much higher than that.

Possible Destinations:
Booty isn’t an immediate solution to an NFL team’s quarterback dilemma, but you have to believe teams like the Seahawks and Buccaneers would be interested in someone with his skill set to groom for the future. The Vikings and Packers might also want to add Booty as a little incentive for their respective incumbents to step to or step off. John David won’t go off the board until Day Two, but he shouldn’t have to wait too long on Sunday morning before getting the Booty call. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Fantasy Impact:
Matt Leinart, the guy Booty caddied for at USC, didn’t even crack the starting lineup until midway through his rookie season; to expect Booty to exceed that time table would be foolish. As such, he’s a non-entity in redraft leagues. Dynasty leaguers could stash Booty on their roster and hope he develops into a solid NFL quarterback, but it’s likely to be at least a couple years before autumn Sundays are Booty time.

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