Austin Booker admits bears coaches have been ruthless with him

Vince Carbonneau
May 18, 2024  (11:34)

Austin Booker at Kansas
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Austin Booker admits Bears coaches have been ruthless with him

The Chicago Bears made a surprising move last month when they traded back into the 2024 draft to secure a 5th-round pick from Buffalo. With this pick, they selected Kansas edge rusher Austin Booker, adding much-needed depth and potential to their defensive line. Comparisons to Maxx Crosby highlight Booker's potential. Despite only playing one season in college, where he achieved eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss, he demonstrated an impressive natural ability to rush the quarterback.
Many experts projected Booker as a 3rd-round pick. Following his last season, most expected him to return for another year. His decision to declare for the draft was unexpected. If he had stayed, he could have been a top-50 pick in 2025. The Bears might have found a hidden gem or someone who needs more development time. Ensuring his success requires a solid coaching plan. Booker told Jeff Joniak on the Bears Weekly podcast that defensive coordinator Eric Washington and defensive line coach Travis Smith have been relentless in their training, emphasizing his mistakes to help him improve.
Austin Booker couldn't have found a better situation.
Washington has a reputation as one of the best defensive line coaches in the NFL, having worked with top talents like Julius Peppers, Charles Johnson, and Von Miller during his tenure in Carolina and Buffalo. Smith, an understudy of the renowned Rod Marinelli, further strengthens Booker's support system. Smith's success with players like Maxx Crosby and Gervon Dexter while with the Las Vegas Raiders speaks volumes about his coaching prowess.
Everything Austin Booker needs to succeed is in place. He has experienced coaches and veterans like Montez Sweat and DeMarcus Walker to learn from. Booker's size, length, and athleticism are unquestionable. His future success depends on his work ethic and ability to refine his skills. With dedication and guidance, Booker has the potential to become a formidable force that quarterbacks will dread facing.
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Austin Booker admits bears coaches have been ruthless with him

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