WR Devin Duvernay, Texas

5’11” – 210 lbs.

Caught 20-412-3 (20.6) as a freshman, then nine passes the next year. Stepped into a major role as a junior and went 41-546-4 (13.3). Broke out this past season with a monster line of 106-1,386-9 (13.1) to conclude his college career. Overall size is solid for a slot man, which is where he tends to line up; doesn’t have ideal height for the outside, but has a pretty strong build, looking almost like a running back. High-volume target who runs the majority of his routes over the middle of the field within ten yards of the line of scrimmage, mostly ins and slants, but also catches screens and does run deeper patterns on occasion as well, threatening down the seams or running flag routes toward the boundary. Based on the games reviewed, statistics appear to have been padded somewhat by catching a lot of screens on run-pass options. Has impressive top-end speed which he reaches quickly; also possesses pretty good quickness and agility to present his quarterback with easy completions over the middle. Route tree was somewhat limited but goes through his patterns with some attention to detail; does a good job of sinking his hips into the stem, with good footwork. When running deep, does a nice job of working in head fakes to freeze defensive backs; doesn’t need to down-shift much through the route stem. Also has good footwork to release at the line of scrimmage against press-man. Doesn’t offer the widest catch radius but is capable of adjusting to poorly-thrown balls away from his frame and appeared to have reliable hands on catchable balls. Concentration, awareness, and footwork when targeted near the sidelines or at the back of the end zone are impressive; would have liked to see him line up on the outside and run back-shoulder throws and other sideline patterns. Picks up a lot of his yardage after the catch; a tough runner who has good vision when weaving through congestion, with a little bit of shake and the competitiveness to fight for additional yardage after contact. One of the more accomplished receivers in this year’s draft class, he is a tough, reliable slot receiver with some explosiveness to his game, demonstrating impressive footwork and the ability to pick up yardage after the catch. Gives good effort as a blocker, getting chippy with opponents, extending his arms, and keeping his feet churning after contact.  The fact that he wasn’t lining up outside and releasing against press-man does make him a slightly difficult projection, but he still looks like a possibility to come off the board on the second day.

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