NFL teams are constantly looking for hidden gems, especially from smaller schools that can end up being impact players at the next level. One such player, who hails from the Sunshine State, maybe the best running back that most of the country doesn’t know about. And, FAU’s Devin Singletary hopes to find himself being taken in the opening round of the upcoming NFL Draft.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 21, 2019
The top rusher not only in Conference USA, but in all of college football, over the last two seasons, Singletary amassed over 3,200 yards and 54 rushing touchdowns and made his mark for Lane Kiffin’s Owls.
As we wrote shortly after the regular season ended in December, Singletary had a decision to make about taking his talents to the NFL we’re coming back to FAU for one more year. He chose to go pro and who can really blame him?
Singletary , who hails from Deerfield Beach, was passed over by big time programs in the state like Florida, Florida State and Miami and had to make a name for himself in Boca Raton. He’s done that as a first-team All-Conference USA member last season, and in 2017 was the C-USA Player of the Year and named to the AP second-team All-American squad. Not bad accomplishments, at all.
So needless to say, if you follow the college game closely and NFL personnel executives and scouts do, there’s no doubt that Singletary has explosiveness and credentials to back it up.
Siciliano mentioned that one unnamed executive was hopeful that Singletary could blossom into a “LeSean McCoy type running back” and a host also alluded to Kiffin referring to Singletary as “Baby Bush.” That refers to former Saints first round pick, Reggie Bush, out of USC, when Kiffin was on staff coaching back in the 2000s.
Here is a further evaluation from our colleagues at the Draftnetwork.com about Singletary and whether his game can translate to the NFL?
And, Singletary has been invited to be interviewed and scrutinized more at the NFL Scouting Combing coming later this month.
Finally, while Singletary and Siciliano kicked around the idea of him being part of the opening night and first round, the safer bet is that he will probably be a night two draft pick.
His situation may not different from where Ronald Jones (Bucs) and Derrius Guice (Redskins) ended up being picked a year ago, at the beginning of the second round of the 2018 Draft.
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