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Devin Singletary - RB -  Owls

The Athletic's Dane Brugler expects FAU RB Devin Singletary "to go high" in the 2019 NFL Draft.

How high remains to be seen, but Brugler has Singletary ranked No. 41 on his overall big board for reference. Somewhere in Round 2 makes sense to us after he ran for over 1,000 yards after contact and 22 touchdowns in 2018. While very impressive, his sophomore campaign was even better (1,918 yards and 32 TDs on the ground). One of the most productive backs in recent memory, Singletary offers NFL-caliber rushing ability and has shown some ability as a receiver out of the backfield. Brugler sees LeSean McCoy in Singletary's game.

Source: Dane Brugler on Twitter 

Jan 28 - 8:27 PM

 

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FAU junior RB Devin Singletary was named the Conference USA Player of the Year by Pro Football Focus.

Singletary was given the fifth best running back grade in the country after finishing the season as the nation's leader in missed tackles forced -- he broke 94 tackles on 264 attempts. Singletary was also one of three running backs to have over 1,000 rushing yards coming after contact (1,027 yards). Pro Football Focus also notes that the junior running back led the country in percentage of yards coming after contact (76.9%). If Singletary declares for the 2019 NFL Draft, he would be a Day 2 candidate with an outside shot of being a late first-round pick with a strong combine. 

Sun, Dec 9, 2018 03:15:00 PM

Source: Pro Football Focus

 

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Pro Football Focus notes that FAU junior RB Devin Singletary leads all of the FBS in forcing missed tackles.

Singletary has made a whopping 89 tacklers miss in 2018, and there's still one game left. He also has a 143.4 elusive rating, which is also tops in the FBS. Singletary hasn't been quite as good as last year -- nor has Florida Atlantic, if we're being honest -- but he's still incredibly productive, and if he enters the draft he'll be one of the first running backs off the board.

Source: PFF College on Twitter 

Wed, Nov 21, 2018 04:23:00 PM

 

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NFL Draft 2019: Who Are This Year's Biggest Bust Candidates?

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RB Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic

Florida Atlantic's Devin Singletary has the look of a future NFL starting running back. He has the size (5'9", 200 lbs) and the stats (1,918 yards in 2017, 1,348 in 2018) to be considered early in the draft. But the concern for a back like Singletary, of course, is level of competition.

Sometimes, running back skills translate well from a small school to the NFL, as they did for former Kansas City Chiefs back Kareem Hunt, who played college ball at Toledo. Sometimes, the transition is tougher, like for former Towson back Terrance West. Singletary's ability to adjust to the next level will determine his bust status.

It's worth noting that while he did rush for more than 3,200 yards over the last two years, he struggled against quality opponents. Three of his worst games came against Oklahoma (69 yards), Air Force (57 yards) and Wisconsin (68 yards), and he averaged 4.0 yards per carry or fewer against all three. He also struggled mightily against Marshall in October, tallying just 39 yards on 16 attempts.

It's worth wondering if Singletary is fast enough and quick enough to thrive against pro-level competition.

 

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Devin Singletary - RB -  Owls

Per Pro Football Focus, FAU junior RB Devin Singletary forced 14 missed tackles and has 146 yards after contact against Louisiana Tech last Friday.

85 percent of Singletary's (5'9/201) rushing yardage came after contact, so he's getting no help from his offensive line and coaching staff. Since he carried the ball just 17 times, Singletary nearly averaged a missed tackle every carry while averaging 7.3 yards after contact per carry. Despite doing everything himself, Singletary still has 100+ rushing yards in three-of-four games. Singletary will likely head to the NFL after this season.

Source: Pro Football Focus 

Sun, Oct 28, 2018 01:57:00 PM

 

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SInce day one the NFL has always had stud players from small schools.

TONS of HBCU athletes starred/Hall of Fame careers. 

Singletary is a stud, a great combo of speed/elusiveness/power. He'll have no problems in the NFL.

Alfred Morris a Florida Atlantic alum

 

Edited by ZenoRazon

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The Draft Network's Joe Marino writes of FAU RB Devin Singletary, "I just wish he were more diverse, especially given his size and profile."

Marino is all about Singletary's "vision, elusiveness, spatial awareness and...ability to slip tackles," but even as he likes what he sees on those fronts, he has a few overreaching concerns. The analyst refers to the 5-foot-9, 201-pounder as "a bit of a one-speed runner" who tends to work more horizontally than vertically, and additionally notes that Singletary leaves something to be desired both as a pass-catcher and a pass-blocker.

Source: The Draft Network 

Feb 1 - 11:35 AM

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Devin Singletary - RB -  Owls

The Athletic's Dane Brugler says FAU RB Devin Singletary has "LeSean McCoy upside."

This isn't the first time Brugler has compared Singletary (5'9/201) to Shady, and we aren't going to take Brugler's repetition lightly. Singletary was insanely productive for the Owls, scoring 32 touchdowns as a sophomore and 22 as a junior. Last season, Singletary even eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark solely on yards after contact. While super effective as a runner, it's uncertain how much Singletary will be used as a receiver in the NFL because he only caught nine passes in 2018. However, there's a chance that was based on coaching decisions since he caught 26 and 19 passes in the two seasons prior.

Source: The Athletic 

Feb 6 - 10:00 PM

 

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NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah called FAU RB Devin Singletary the 2019 NFL Draft's "most elusive and quickest" running back.

The high praise continues to roll in for Singletary (5'9/201), who was said to have "LeSean McCoy type of upside" by The Athletic's Dane Brugler. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller also just called Singletary "very quick" and the numbers show that. As a junior, 1,027 of Singletary's 1,348 rushing yards (76%) came after he was touched, which led to 22 rushing touchdowns in 2018. While impressive, that's nothing to Singletary who scored 32 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore. As the buzz continues to grow, Singletary continues to cement himself as a late first or second-round pick.

Source: NFL on Twitter 

Feb 10 - 5:00 PM

 

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In his latest scouting notebook, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller writes that FAU RB Devin Singletary "could be the belle of the ball in Round 2" if Alabama RB Joshua Jacobs slides off the board early on Day 1.

"He's quick—very quick—and has the hips and feet to beat defenders with excellent ability to cut and shake in the open field," Miller writes, adding that the 5-foot-9, 201-pounder would be a "dream fit" with the Eagles or Chiefs should they opt to target a running back relatively early come April. The Athletic's Dane Brugler believes that Singletary has a "LeSean McCoy upside." 

Feb 9 - 5:57 PM

Source: Bleacher Report

 

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Bleacher Report's Matt Miller mocks FAU RB Devin Singletary to the middle of Round 3.

Just last week, The Athletic's Dane Brugler said he expects Singletary (5'9/201) "to go high" in the upcoming NFL Draft, but Miller's mock tells another story. The Florida Atlantic legend was the fourth back of the board -- Josh Jacobs, David Montgomery, and Damien Harris went earlier -- but that didn't happen until the 85th overall pick. After scoring 54 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons, we'd expect Singletary to be selected sometime in Round 2. 

Feb 8 - 8:22 PM

Source: Bleacher Report

 

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On 1/29/2019 at 1:20 AM, ZenoRazon said:

SInce day one the NFL has always had stud players from small schools.

TONS of HBCU athletes starred/Hall of Fame careers. 

Singletary is a stud, a great combo of speed/elusiveness/power. He'll have no problems in the NFL.

Alfred Morris a Florida Atlantic alum

 

I agree about Singetary, but listing Morris as  Florida Atlantic alum isn’t saying much.

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Eagles reporter and draft analyst Fran Duffy expects FAU RB Devin Singletary to be the "workout warrior" of the running back group.

Sometimes, workout warrior has a negative connotation. In this case, Duffy just expects Singletary to be the player who he expects to test the best at the combine and workouts. And it's not like Singletary hasn't been productive; he rank for 22 touchdowns and that was down 10 from his 32 as a sophomore. Duffy compares Singletary to LeSean McCoy in terms of his "lateral agility, speed to burn in the open field, and the ability to make defenders look silly one-on-one in space." We're excited to see how he tests, because if it comps similar to the production he had in the C-USA, he's going to be one of the first tailbacks off the board.

SOURCE: Philadelphia Eagles

Feb 12, 2019, 2:18 PM

 

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Draft Wire's Luke Easterling mocked FAU RB Devin Singletary to Round 3.

Singletary (5'9/201) has been getting mocked in the second or third round in every credible mock draft, and it would be a surprise if he ended up sneaking into Round 1. The NFL Combine should be positive for Singletary, who has lateral ability, but we aren't expecting top-three percentile scores either, so his draft stock shouldn't change too much. On the field, Singletary has been compared to LeSean McCoy and you'd see why by looking at his stats. Whoever drafts Singletary is getting a running back with 54 touchdowns over the last two seasons.

SOURCE: Draft Wire

Feb 14, 2019, 2:34 PM

 

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Pro Football Focus notes that FAU RB Devin Singletary ran for 1,027 yards after contact.

Let's put this in perspective. Last year, Virginia RB Jordan Ellis was 57th in the NCAA in rushing with 1,026 yards. That means that Singletary ran for more yards after he was contacted than all but 56 players. Ridiculous. Singletary has concerns because of his size, but the 5-foot-9, 201-pound tailback can make them miss with the best of them, and he's someone you can't arm tackle. We're really excited to see how he performs in the combine.

SOURCE: PFF College on Twitter

Feb 19, 2019, 4:23 PM

 

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