Dicaprio Bootle
No. 2 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1997-09-17) September 17, 1997 (age 24)
Miami, Florida
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school:Southridge High School
(Miami, Florida)
College:Nebraska
Undrafted:2021
Career history
Roster status:Reserve/futures
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2021
Total tackles:8
Pass deflections:0
Interceptions:0
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Dicaprio Bootle (born September 17, 1997) is an American football cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (Nebraska).[1]

Early life and education

Bootle was born on September 17, 1997, in Miami, Florida. He attended Killian High School and Southridge High School, both in Miami. He was ranked in the top-60 in the nation at the cornerback position by ESPN.[2] Bootle received numerous scholarship offers, but only visited Nebraska.[2]

Bootle redshirted in his first season and spent the year on Nebraska's scouting team. In his second year, he played in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman, compiling 15 tackles.[2] His sophomore year, Dicaprio started in all 12 games, and totaled a career-high 39 tackles.[2] He also had his first forced fumble. His 15 pass breakups in 2018 led all Big Ten teams.[2] He was named third-team All-Big Ten for his sophomore performance.[2]

Bootle started the first 8 games of his junior year at cornerback, and finished the year starting at safety.[3] Bootle recorded 31 tackles and six pass breakups in 2019. In his final season, he started every game again, bringing his streak to 32 consecutive starts, and recorded 25 tackles.[2] His first and only career interception came against Iowa.

Bootle chose to forgo remaining eligibility and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.[4]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 9 in
(1.75 m)
180 lb
(82 kg)
4.38[5] s 4.03 s 6.77 s 36.5 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 6 in
(3.20 m)
16 reps
Values come from college pro day.[6]

After going unselected in the 2021 NFL Draft, Bootle signed as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.[7] He was waived on August 31, 2021.[8] He was signed to the practice squad the next day.[9] He was elevated from the practice squad via a standard elevation prior to their week four game against the Philadelphia Eagles.[10] Bootle was again elevated from the practice squad in week 16 against the Steelers after the defense lost starters for the game due to COVID-19 protocols. He took advantage of the opportunity by leading the team in tackles for the game with seven.[11] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs on February 2, 2022.[12]

References

  1. ^ Barmore, Abby. "Dicaprio Bootle has 'nothing but faith' in experienced Husker defensive backs". Omaha.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Dicaprio Bootle - 2020 - Football". University of Nebraska.
  3. ^ Sorensen, Erin (May 27, 2020). "Expectations are High for Dicaprio Bootle's Senior Season". Hail Varsity - Nebraska Football, Recruiting, News.
  4. ^ "Senior Nebraska defensive back DiCaprio Bootle announced he won't be back at NU for a sixth season in 2021". nebraska.rivals.com.
  5. ^ Bland, Evan. "With a 4.38 40 at Husker Pro Day, Dicaprio Bootle runs onto NFL radars". Omaha.com.
  6. ^ "Dicaprio Bootle Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  7. ^ Grell, Clark. "Bootle among three Huskers signing free-agent deals with NFL teams". JournalStar.com.
  8. ^ "Chiefs Announce Roster Moves to Meet NFL-Mandated 53 Players". Chiefs.com. August 31, 2021.
  9. ^ "Chiefs sign 14 players to practice squad". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. September 2, 2021.
  10. ^ Dixon, John (October 2, 2021). "Chiefs announce roster changes in advance of Eagles game". Arrowhead Pride. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  11. ^ Goodman, Charles (December 28, 2021). "Chiefs protect lone practice squad player for Week 17". Arrowhead Pride. USA Today. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  12. ^ "Chiefs sign 13 players to reserve/future contracts". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. February 2, 2022.