Houston Texans: 5 small school prospects to monitor at the NFL Combine
Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic
2018 stats:12 games, 261 rushing attempts,1348 rushing yards (5.2 average), 22 rushing touchdowns, 6 receptions, 36 receiving yards
For as awesome as Devin Singletary was at FAU, he could easily disappoint at the NFL Combine. He isn’t the explosive athlete or huge one (5-9, 200 pounds) that will make scouts fall in love with him, but he does have the tape to turn heads.
The first thing that pops out about Singletary is his vision. He can read what is going on behind the line of scrimmage cleanly and patiently. He also has the rare ability to anticipate where his blockers go downfield and follow them.
The second thing that pops out is just how elusive he is. He has quick moving feet that not only helps him change direction but also keep him upright through contact. Although he isn’t a bruising back, he doesn’t shy away from contact while both running and blocking. And while catching the ball, Singletary has shown good concentration and soft hands on tape.
Singletary is the most complete, incomplete product in the draft — if that makes sense. His speed and burst won’t wow anybody, but his football IQ, and relatively finished game will.
His production in three years at FAU was outstanding, as he tallied 4,684 scrimmage yards (2,116 in 2017) and 67 scrimmage touchdowns. He isn’t the prospect for everyone because of the competition he’s played against, but the Houston Texans could surely use a smart runner like Singletary.
Round projection: 2nd-3rd round