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Devin Singletary: Wildcard NFL Draft Prospect

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Sep 8, 2018; Boca Raton, FL, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls running back Devin Singletary (5) runs past Air Force Falcons for a touchdown during the first half at FAU Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the 48 Report, a full working database including 48 of our favorite 2019 Draft Prospects. The key, however, is that we focus specifically on their ability to translate as fantasy football players. All players in the database have been/will be scored by 3 writers, and this is their article; explaining their aggregate score, as well as the score of their writer.

All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average scores a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.

Devin Singletary (5’9”, 200), Running Back, Florida Atlantic:

Devin Singletary has a lot of buzz amongst the dynasty fantasy football community. He has tremendous college production and his tape leaves you drooling for his upside. He has flaws, and played questionable competition in his three years with the Owls but is currently projected to be a Day 2 NFL draft pick. Landing spot aside, Singletary has the opportunity to contribute to both the rushing and passing attack of an NFL offense.

15.6 Aggregate Score (3 Star Prospect)

Singletary left a legendary legacy in Boca Raton. He ran for 4,287 yards on 714 attempts (6 yards/carry) for 66 touchdowns in just three seasons with Florida Atlantic. He also caught 51 receptions for 397 yards and a touchdown in his career. Singletary led the Central USA in rushing in both 2017 & 2018; he finished 7th in rushing yards in his freshmen year. In just 3 seasons, he has the 8th most career rushing touchdowns in NCAA history.

Singletary’s stats are impressive but the immediate reactions when talking about Central USA prospects in to question the level of competition he’s faced. While Singletary hasn’t faced the competition that prospects like Jacobs or Sanders have, he performed well in big games. He ran for 69 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries while traveling to play Oklahoma in 2018. He also threw up 131 rushing yards on 25 attempts and 3 touchdowns against UCF. Against Old Dominion, who upset Virginia Tech in 2018, he ran for 168 yards on 19 carries (8.8 yards/carry) and 2 touchdowns. Singletary showed up and played big when asked, which helps make him an intriguing sleeper prospect.

Speed & Agility: Aggregate Score 3.6 (Personal Score 4)

Singletary is quicker than he is fast. He moves very well laterally and keeps his feet moving at a high rate. He can accelerate but doesn’t have the highest breakaway speed in this class. Still, he’s elusive and bounces through holes with sharp cut moves. I understand why my fellow raters had him lower than me, but his quickness makes up for top end breakaway speed.

Receiving Ability: Aggregate Score 3.3 (Personal Score 3)

Singletary saw a sharp drop off in his passing game involvement his junior year (2018). He caught 39 receptions for 361 yards and a touchdown in his first two seasons with Florida Atlantic. In 2018 he caught just 6 balls for 36 yards. Although the drop off can be contributed to scheme change and improved quarterback play, it is still frustrating to not be able to see more of his receiving capability on tape. From what I did see, he has soft hands and has the ability to contribute to an NFL passing attack.

Vision: Aggregate Score 2.6 (Personal Score 3)

Singletary’s vision is what holds him back from being a top 5 running back prospect for me. He is a home run hitter; he either finds the whole and bursts through it or runs right into the back of his offensive linemen. He is a patient runner, but that patience often led to him being wrapped up for a loss. I think this can be credited, in part, to the pressure he faced to create in Lane Kiffin’s offense. Still, vision is a harder thing to teach, and it makes Singletary very landing spot dependent.

Blocking: Aggregate Score 2.6 (Personal Score 3)

I’m surprised to see Singletary not rated higher by my fellow raters here. He impressed me with his strength and ability to pick up on blitzers; especially for someone who is 5’9”. I think NFL teams will appreciate that Singletary also can act as an effective lead blocker; it makes him versatile and expands the packages he can fit into,

Strength: Aggregate Score 3.6 (Personal Score 4)

This is what makes Singletary for me. He leverages his size well to stay under defenders and truck them when he’s accelerating downfield. He consistently swipes defenders off him and forces multiple guys to get to him before the play ends. He’s not afraid to put his head down and fight for extra yards, and his balance often allows him to pile up yards after contact.

Conclusion: Second Round Wildcard

I’ve seen Singletary go off the board just about everywhere in the dozen-plus mock drafts I have done so far this offseason. I think his ceiling is mid first-round, and if your league mates aren’t as keyed in he may fall to the 3rd round. Personally, I’m comfortable taking him in the second but if he lands behind a good offensive line then I’m willing to spend a late first rounder on him.

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