Although he didn’t hear his name called in the 2021 NFL Draft, the former Ohio State wide receiver Chris Booker was invited to attend the Arizona Cardinals’ rookie minicamp, according to Eleven Warriors“Dan Hope.
A walk-on from St. Louis John Burroughs School, where he was a teammate of former running back Buckeye Ezekiel ElliottBooker started his college career at Dayton before transferring to Ohio State with no intention of playing football.
However, after a season with the Buckeyes club football team where he earned National Club Football Association All-American honors, Booker joined the varsity team ahead of the 2019 season.
Booker ultimately played in 19 games for the Buckeyes from 2019-21 and finished his career with two modest catches for 27 yards. It was on special teams that he made his mark, including forcing a fumble in the win over Purdue last November, earning him special teams player honours.
The head coach Ryan Day and wide receivers coach Brian Hartline planned to put Booker on the stock exchange this fall, but the NCAA denied his request to play an additional season. He then entered Pro Day at Ohio State in March hoping to impress the scouts.
Booker will now look to follow the same path as the former walk-in wide receiver JC Saunders, who caught two assists for the Carolina Panthers last season. If he does well in rookie minicamp, he could land a contract with the Cardinals.
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