The 2019 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary was a highly productive player in college and is now trying his hand at the NFL.
Position: Running Back
2018 stats: 261 carries, 1,348 rushing yards, 22 rushing touchdowns, six receptions, 36 receiving yards
Size: 5-foot-7, 203 pounds
He had offers to some schools that were bigger, but decided to stay close to home and go to college at Florida Atlantic. Singletary may have played at a smaller school, but was one of the most productive running backs in college football over the last three seasons.
His freshman season at FAU started off slow, but he came on strong at the end and finished with 1,021 rushing yards. His second year on campus, Singletary became a star. He rushed for 1,918 yards and a whopping 32 touchdowns. Singletary had another solid season in 2018 with 1,348 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. The Owls had ups and downs with Singletary on the team, but during his monster sophomore season, they won 11 games including the Boca Raton Bowl.
Singletary’s size and wear on his body are negatives, but he is a versatile running back that was even asked to work out at wide receiver at the NFL Combine. Through it all, Singletary should expect to be drafted on the second day of the draft.
Singletary is one of the most productive running backs in the draft class, as he dominated his competition. He averaged six yards per carry, making the most of the many carries he got at the collegiate level. This is a credit to his durability and great ability.
He has the potential to be a good third-down back in the NFL as well. Singletary can run routes well and runs a decent amount of them. He also has solid hands. At the NFL Combine, he was even asked to work out with the wide receivers due to his ability as a pass-catcher.
Some of his greatest skills are his quickness and agility. He can get up to top speed quickly and can escape in tight spaces. He makes good cuts that leave defenders falling over. These two traits allow him to be a very shifty running back and he can be a good change of pace back at the NFL level for a team that has a power back.
His size will be the first thing that NFL evaluators will take notice of. He is just 5-foot-7, but he is at least over 200 pounds. Being that small hurts his stock a little bit, but he can still be a successful running back at the pro level. His durability and ability to run in between the tackles on a consistent basis will come into question due to his size.
Singletary’s production is also a catch-22 situation. He was very productive, but also has a lot of wear and tear on his body as a result. As a sophomore, he had over 300 carries on the season. That number is a ridiculous amount for a college running back. He has withstood it through the college years, but the wear and tear might start taking its toll in the NFL.
He has good quickness, but he lacks strength, which could limit him in a bunch of different areas. He won’t be able to pick up yards after contact as easily in the NFL. His pass protection also isn’t great because he lacks the strength and power to really hold off pass rushers.
Projected Draft Range: Second round-Fourth round