Devin Singletary

Florida Atlantic

Prospect Info

College
Florida Atlantic
Hometown
Class
FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 7"
203 lbs
28 7/8”
Hands
8 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.53
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Buffalo
Bills
Round 3 ‧ Pick 11
40 Yard Dash
4.66u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
117.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.32
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.4
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Singletary committed to Illinois during the recruiting process, but a late push by FAU coaches caused him to reconsider and stay in-state. The 2015 Sun Sentinel's All-Palm Beach County Player of the Year and two-time all-state pick at American Heritage High School played a prominent role in his first season with the Owls, earning honorable mention All-Conference USA and All-Freshman C-USA honors with 1,021 yards and 12 touchdowns on 152 carries (6.7 average) and 163 yards on 26 receptions. The man they call "Motor" (his father had the same moniker at Norfolk State) became a national name in 2017, leading the nation with 32 rushing touchdowns, tying for the national lead with 301 carries and ranking fourth with 1,920 yards (6.4 average) to grab first-team all-conference and second-team Associated Press All-American notice. While the Owls did not have the same team success his junior year, Singletary still wowed C-USA coaches with his rushing prowess, earning first-team all-conference honors after leading the league with 261 carries for 1,348 yards (5.2 average) and 22 scores (which again placed him among the nation's leaders).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 5
NFL Comparison
Charlie Garner
Overview
Undersized, three-down back with rare improvisational skill and toughness through contact to squeeze every yard he can from each carry. Singletary was asked to catch it less in 2018, but he's a tough cover out of the backfield and has the dog in him to step up and deliver a lick in blitz pickup. He ran poorly and did not test well in short-area quickness events at the combine, which could hurt his draft standing, but might not deter him from NFL success as a complementary runner.
Strengths
  • High-end production seems to follow him
  • Touchdown monster with vision and power near goal line
  • Quick to process and respond to oncoming traffic
  • First responder rarely gets him down
  • Twitchy footwork for instant stop-starts
  • Limber for long, lateral jump-cuts
  • Instant acceleration after short-area cuts to avoid tacklers
  • Shrinks to sneak in and out of creases between the tackles
  • Access to steep, backside cuts
  • Eludes lurking angle tackles with plus peripheral vision
  • Good feel for bold cuts versus subtle ones in open field
  • Willful, determined demeanor of a much bigger back
  • Rare ability to absorb powerful shots and balance through contact
  • Runs frequently end with him still on his feet
  • Creates through power and shake to maximize each carry
  • Route separation to threaten out of backfield
  • Courageous pass protection with a highlight reel full of greatest hits
Weaknesses
  • Volume runner in a change-of-pace body
  • Has close to 600 contact-filled touches over last two seasons
  • Lacks top-end speed to run away from opponents in space
  • Play speed tends to be monotone throughout the rep
  • Rarely keeps runs play-side and looks for early cuts
  • Excessive cuts will be met with earlier tackles from swarming, NFL defenders
  • Will need to learn to run a more disciplined track
  • Tendency is to bounce it to his left
  • Power diminishes when facing squared contact
  • Suffered from focus drops this season
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league