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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

 

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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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ESPN's Matt Bowen ranks FAU RB Devin Singletary third among the most "complete" tailbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft Class.

The man they call Motor appears to be gaining steam in this class. Considering how dominant he was over the last two years at FAU we are wondering what took so long, but, better late than never. "Singletary is a willing blocker in pass protection, and despite his limited numbers as a receiver -- only six receptions in 2018 -- the traits are there for him to advance his overall game," Bowen writes. "That's the stop-and-go speed, the lateral movement and the quick burst to get in and out of cuts." If teams view Singletary as a three-down player, he's going on Day 2, and if he blows up the combine, Day 1 isn't completely out of the question.

SOURCE: ESPN

Feb 25, 2019, 12:12 PM

 

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5’9” 200+ is not small to me. I think that can play if he’s as good a runner and receiver as people say. He might be the steal of fantasy drafts. And imagine if he goes to KC...

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2 minutes ago, Gandalf said:

5’9” 200+ is not small to me. I think that can play if he’s as good a runner and receiver as people say. He might be the steal of fantasy drafts. And imagine if he goes to KC...

KC, Philly, Pittsburgh, Baltimore...

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1 minute ago, Edgar said:

One of these is not like the others...

Great point. If KC takes him say in round 2, would he be in 1.01?

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4 minutes ago, Gandalf said:

Great point. If KC takes him say in round 2, would he be in 1.01?

Whoever goes to KC early will be in the 1.01 conversation for sure. My broader point was Pittsburgh isn’t aching for an RB like KC/Philly/Baltimore are

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3 minutes ago, Edgar said:

Whoever goes to KC early will be in the 1.01 conversation for sure. My broader point was Pittsburgh isn’t aching for an RB like KC/Philly/Baltimore are

Oh I figured it was KC >> others

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48 minutes ago, Edgar said:

Whoever goes to KC early will be in the 1.01 conversation for sure. My broader point was Pittsburgh isn’t aching for an RB like KC/Philly/Baltimore are

Aching, possibly not.  But are they sold on Conner?  He did well, but is probably just a guy. 

44 minutes ago, Gandalf said:

Oh I figured it was KC >> others

I think this is true, but any of those 4 teams (could add Indy but I don't think they take a back high enough to get him) would be really good spots.

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FAU RB Devin Singletary measured in at 5-foot-7 and 1/2 inch and 203-pounds on Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday.

We round up, so Singletary gets the 5-foot-8 listing, but this is an inch shorter than he was listed at FAU -- at least -- and a couple pounds heavier. It shouldn't matter much, but it's certainly not atypical size that you look for in a three-down tailback, although he certainly "looks" like he can handle hits; we don't know because he just did't get hit very often. The tape and (hopefully) the testing should answer for Motor.

SOURCE: Charles Robinson on Twitter

Feb 27, 2019, 8:38 AM

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FAU RB Devin Singletary ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

This puts Singletary near NFL Draft athletic minimums since Singletary only weighs 203 pounds, so it was not the time most analysts anticipated. However, Singletary is a slippery runner who tested as the best running back when it comes to breaking tackles. The tape earned him Day 2 buzz, but this forty time pushes him closer to the Day 2/3 borderline, unfortunately. Still, Singletary will probably be a committee back as a rookie depending on his exact landing spot.

SOURCE: NFL.com

Mar 1, 2019, 4:34 PM

 

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FAU RB Devin Singletary posted an unofficial 1.53-second 10-yard split.

While still not great, it's a better score than his 4.66 forty, and it's more evidence that Singletary wins within the first-down marker, not beyond it. When Singletary is fighting for first downs, he's arguably the toughest running back in the class to bring down -- he had the best-broken tackle percentage in the class -- but he doesn't profile as a big-play back. With the 2019 running back class looking as bad as it's been in recent years, Singletary probably will maintain his Day 2 status despite testing as a 44th-percentile running back.

SOURCE: Josh Norris on Twitter

Mar 1, 2019, 7:33 PM

 

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FAU RB Devin Singletary is taking an official visit to the Chicago Bears on Wednesday.

This is Motor's first "official 30" visit to an NFL's team's facilities and makes for the continuation of a busy week. On Monday, the Cardinals worked out the FAU standout, while on Tuesday, the Rams checked in with the 5-foot-8, 203-pounder in Boca Raton to do some film and board work (no workout with the Rams). Singletary struggled at the combine, posting a composite SPARQ score in just the 20th percentile of NFL running backs, but still very much remains in play for a Day 2 selection in a thinner position class.

SOURCE: NFL.com

Mar 13, 2019, 4:20 PM

 

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NFL Film's Greg Cosell said FAU RB Devin Singletary is "more of a complementary piece."

Singletary (5'8/203) has "contact balance" and is nice "downhill runner" but Cosell questions if he can carry the load with his smaller lower half. Cosell and Ross Tucker both view Singletary a third-down option who can run downhill and can catch a few passes if needed. After a poor NFL Scouting Combine performance, Singletary is now considered a Round 3 selection.

SOURCE: Ross Tucker Podcast

Mar 16, 2019, 1:26 PM

 

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Devin Singletary had 6 receptions and 4 dropped passes this year (source: PFF draft guide). 15 targets, 4 drops, 6 receptions, 36 yards. Small sample size, but yikes.

On the plus side, he was better over his previous 2 seasons with a 22/180/0.5 per season receiving average (I don't know the number of drops).

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The Ringer's Danny Kelly called FAU RB Devin Singletary a "slim Frank Gore."

Kelly also lists Devonta Freeman as a comp, but the "slim Frank Gore" comp is an interesting one. NFL Film's Greg Cosell lists Singletary's slimmer lower half as a concern and ultimately called Singletary (5'8/203) "more of a complementary piece" for that reason. When Frank Gore entered the league, he checked-in at 5-foot-9 and 217 pounds, but both players have a downhill, yet mobile running style. However, it would be a surprise if Singletary was given a similar workload as Gore got early in his career because he's 14 pounds lighter.

SOURCE: The Ringer

Mar 17, 2019, 1:41 PM

 

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FAU RB Devin Singletary is working out with the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills need to get younger at running back with LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore as the team's top two options, and Singletary would be a quality fit. In fact, the Ringer's Danny Kelly called Singletary (5'8/203) a "slim Frank Gore" in his scouting report, so it would be nice to see a similar-style veteran coach Singletary up as he transitions from Florida Atlantic to the NFL.

SOURCE: NFL.com

Mar 23, 2019, 5:06 PM

 

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NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein compared FAU RB Devin Singletary to former NFL RB Charlie Garner.

Hey, remember Charlie Garner? We do, he was a pretty solid performer for several NFL teams, most notably the Eagles. Singletary disappointed with his athletic testing at the NFL Scouting Combine, but it was tough to do much more on the field than he did over his three seasons with the Owls. Zierlein cites his toughness and power near the goal line, and that despite being 5-foot-8, 203-pounds, he runs like a big back. "He ran poorly and did not test well in short-area quickness events at the combine, which could hurt his draft standing," writes Zierlein, "but might not deter him from NFL success as a complementary runner."

SOURCE: NFL.com

Mar 26, 2019, 5:31 PM

 

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Bleacher Report's Matt Miller compares Florida Atlantic RB Devin Singletary to LeSean McCoy.

This is not an unfamiliar comparison, but it's a nice comp to here considering how disappointing Singletary has been in athletic testing. Miller lists his strengths in his scouting report, including the 5-foot-8, 203-pounder's "very explosive short-area speed with the hips to shake defenders or make sudden cuts." The negatives are here, too, with Miller mentioning that Singletary is more agile than fast, and also was borderline overworked with the Owls. "Teams running an outside zone scheme would be preferred for Singletary (Philadelphia, Kansas City)," Miller writes in his summary. "He has the look of an early starter or high-rep contributor depending on the situation he’s drafted into."

SOURCE: Bleacher Report

Apr 2, 2019, 3:44 PM

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Bleacher Report's Matt Miller "expects" FAU RB Devin Singletary to be selected in Round 3.

"Round 3 is the right value for him," Miller continues. "That’s where I’d expect he comes off." There are a few major flaws Singletary (5'8/203) has to overcome -- size, speed (4.66 forty(, and limited receiving production -- but Singletary has enough talent to be an effective complementary back in the NFL with some potential for more. Miller, who has previously compared Singletary to LeSean McCoy, believes an outside zone scheme would be the ideal landing spot for the former Owl.

SOURCE: Matt Miller on Twitter

Apr 8, 2019, 5:38 PM

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Bills selected Florida Atlantic RB Devin Singletary with the No. 74 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Singletary (5’8/203) went pro as a true junior after leading C-USA in rushing in each of his final two seasons en route to a career 714/4,299/66 (6.0 YPC) rushing line. PFF College credited Singletary with 96 missed tackles forced last season – second in the nation behind David Montgomery (100) – and 76% of his rushing yards after contact behind one of the nation’s worst offensive lines. Singletary’s catch totals dropped each year (26 > 19 > 6), however, and he bombed the Combine with a 4.66 forty and 7.32 three-cone time. On tape, Singletary has some LeSean McCoy to his game with darting lateral cuts and shake. He looks like Jacquizz Rodgers on a spreadsheet. Fortunately, he'll have the opportunity to be groomed by McCoy, too. Despite the numerous additions (Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon) to the Buffalo's backfield in the offseason, Singletary has an opportunity to work in a 1B role as early as this year.

Apr 26, 2019, 8:06 PM

 

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Surprised that we aren't hearing more discussion around this guy.  

Before the combine he was getting a lot of talk as arguably the top rb overall, despite being on the small side. 

After the combine he was left for dead.  4.66 40 and 7.32 3 cone drill. 

His film looks awesome.  He played with a turnstile offensive line and managed to set records.  He's got vision, elusiveness and post contact balance, and he will lower his shoulder to hit a defender. 

But his combine would have been questionable for a big back.  For someone his size that was a major disappointment.  

He was compared to LeSean McCoy a lot, and to frank gore. Now he's playing with both of them.  

A favorable comp might be devonta freeman whose 4.58 and 7.11 3 cone were slow for a similarly sized back. Singletary was worse in both.  

He looks really good at football. Maybe he just sucks at track. Maybe he would have done better at his pro day, where he injured himself on his first attempt at the 40. Or maybe he's slow and only played well against bad competition. 

Brandon Beane clearly liked him, taking him in the early third at the beginning of a run on RBs. Damien Harris was the next back drafted, and Jace Sternberger was taken one pick after singletary when the bills had a need at tight end.  

This was arguably the best landing spot for a rookie after oakland - McCoy and Gore are at or near the end, the bills drafted a top o lineman and use the outside zone run blocking that singletary would prefer, and they have a mobile qb with a big arm and some fast receivers to keep defenses back.  If he's successful as a rookie, he may have a path to long term playing time. 

Right now he's going somewhere in the late teens to early 20s in a mediocre draft class, and the other top backs in that range are behind much younger players like gurley and Michel. 

Curious to see what other people think about this guy. 

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