Nebraska cornerback Dicaprio Bootle knew he needed to perform well at his pro day if he wanted to boost his draft stock, and that’s exactly what he did.
Last week, Bootle impressed several NFL teams by running the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. He also registered a 36.5-inch vertical and had 16 reps in the bench press drill.
As for his production on the field, Bootle provided stability at the cornerback position for Nebraska, finishing his college career with 110 tackles, 26 passes defended, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Bootle showed that he’s a scrappy defensive back with solid recovery speed. Additionally, the Nebraska product put his versatility on display, lining up both on the outside and in the slot.
We sat down with Dicaprio Bootle to discuss his time with the Cornhuskers, how he would grade his pro day, which defensive backs he likes to watch on film, and much more.
The Spun: How has this draft process been for you?
Dicaprio Bootle: It’s been really exciting and really fun. I got out west to train at EXOS. I’ve never been that far out west, but I’ve met some great people and it’s been a really cool process. You only get to do this one time. It’s been a blessing. A lot of people don’t get to make it this far, so just being here is a blessing.
The Spun: How would you grade your performance at your pro day?
DB: I performed extremely well at my pro day. I hit all the marks that I set for myself. It was just a great day. I was able to showcase my talent in front of the scouts and show that I can compete at an elite level. The pro day was a huge success for me.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) March 23, 2021
The Spun: What do you think you’ve shown scouts on tape?
DB: On tape, they’ll see a competitor. I’m someone who’s not afraid to do the hard work and put my body on the line. Also, you’ll see my elite speed and agility in and out of my cuts. You can also see my straight-line speed and all of that. Scouts will see that I’m a really polished player.
The Spun: Which defensive backs do you watch on tape?
DB: When I study film, I like to watch old film of Charles Woodson. I also watch ball-hawking safeties like Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu and Sean Taylor. I also like to watch tape from Champ Bailey and Darrelle Revis. When it comes to tape, I try to watch it all.
Not if Dicaprio Bootle (@_flightsdelayed) has anything to say about it. pic.twitter.com/gLMnOYqiJA
— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) October 5, 2019
The Spun: What was it like playing for Nebraska, and do you have a favorite moment?
DB: Playing for Nebraska was such a great time for me. I met a lot of great people there and created thousands of memories during my time there. I don’t really have a favorite moment because there were just so many that will stay close to me. One thing that holds near and dear to me is my first time walking out to Memorial Stadium to play a game, though. Just feeling that rush for the first time and understanding I’m a college football athlete and 90,000 people will watch me play was just great.
The Spun: How do you think Scott Frost will fare in the future?
DB: I have no doubt that he’ll get the program to where he wants it to be and where the fans want it to be. Like with everything, nothing great happens overnight. If it happens overnight, it’s going to be too good to be true. With that being said, just continue to chip away and build a foundation. It’s not easy being great. You can wake up tomorrow and say you have a certain task you want to complete, but if you’ve never done it before, you probably won’t do it the best way. Just thinking about the state of the program and where it’s heading with Coach Frost at the helm, I have nothing but faith that it’ll get to where it needs to be.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) January 7, 2021
The Spun: What is an area of your game that you’re working on?
DB: I love improving on all aspects of the game. If there’s work I can get in, I want to take it. I don’t feel like I’m bad at anything, I just think some areas need more work than others. When training, I like to work on my strengths and weaknesses.
The Spun: What is an NFL team getting in Dicaprio Bootle?
DB: You’re getting a competitor on the field and someone that’s reliable off it. I’m going to put my best foot forward in everything I do. I’m going to be mature, and above all else, I’ll never give up on anything.
"I like to say I ran my way into Nebraska and tomorrow, I say I run my way into the league."
— Andrew Ward (@AndrewWardKLKN) March 22, 2021
Bootle could hear his name called on Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft. At the very least, there will be multiple teams interested in his skillset.
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