The 2019 College football season may be in the rearview now, but it’s always football season! National Signing Day is here, which means a brand new batch of top college football playmakers is here! Get pumped!
Our Devy rankings team members (Travis May, Curtis Patrick, Matt Wispe, and Stefan Lako) have all recently updated their rankings across the board ahead of National Signing Day and here are the results:
RotoViz Preseason Devy Ranks
|Rank||Player||Pos Rank||POS||School||RV Score||Patrick||May||Wispe||Lako|
|4||Chuba Hubbard||2||RB||Oklahoma State||14||5||3||6||4|
|9||Tylan Wallace||6||WR||Oklahoma State||30||7||7||7||14|
|14||Justin Fields||2||QB||Ohio State||41||12||14||14||15|
|15||Amon-Ra St. Brown||10||WR||USC||44||11||19||15||12|
|16||Kylin HIll||4||RB||Miss St.||48||10||22||18||13|
|19||Max Borghi||6||RB||Washington State||61||21||18||17||24|
|20||Master Teague||7||RB||Ohio State||65||23||23||20||23|
|21||Sage Surratt||12||WR||Wake Forest||75||29||20||21||30|
|22||Breece Hall||8||RB||Iowa State||83||28||29||23||32|
|24||Jerrion Ealy||10||RB||Ole Miss||83||39||16||31||27|
|27||Garrett Wilson||14||WR||Ohio State||93||30||25||24||39|
|34||Pooka Williams Jr||17||RB||Kansas||106||37||52||28||20|
|36||Jermar Jefferson||18||RB||Oregon State||121||24||61||32||28|
|37||Chris Olave||17||WR||Ohio State||124||61||61||16||48|
|41||Pat Freiermuth||1||TE||Penn State||133||54||35||41||46|
|42||Elijah Moore||20||WR||Ole Miss||134||53||34||37||55|
|50||Jeremy Ruckert||4||TE||Ohio State||148||38||61||56||42|
|57||Journey Brown||25||RB||Penn State||157||61||61||61||40|
|58||Andrew Clair||26||RB||Bowling Green||158||41||61||61||61|
|59||Brock Purdy||6||QB||Iowa State||158||57||42||61||61|
Ja’Marr Chase, WR LSU
Travis Etienne, RB Clemson
Rondale Moore, WR Purdue
Ja’Marr Chase could almost be in a tier by himself after his incredible 2019 campaign. He took down the Biletnikoff Award for being the best receiver in college football. He racked up a ridiculous stat line: 1,780 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns! And really, any way you twist and turn his production profile it’s solid now. Chase is looking at an Adjusted Production Index in the 83rd percentile with a full season of dominance still remaining.
Travis Etienne and Rondale Moore were in near the top last summer in our CFB Preseason Devy Rankings Update, but now they’re just about as high as you can get. Etienne is the runaway favorite to be RB1 in the 2021 NFL Draft with every box checked except for extreme receiving numbers. Moore missed most of the 2019 season, but still has a 2,200-yard season under his belt and he’s just entering his junior year. Expect Heisman level production from both on their way to first-round selections in next year’s draft.
Chuba Hubbard, RB Oklahoma State
Justyn Ross, WR Clemson
Rashod Bateman, WR Minnesota
Chuba Hubbard was snubbed this year for the Doak Walker Award (best RB in college football). He posted just shy of 2,300 yards from scrimmage and 21 touchdowns for the Cowboys and he should do it again in 2020. The majority of Oklahoma State’s offense is back and ready to make a run with Hubbard leading the way. This high octane sprinting back should easily hear his name called inside the top 50 picks next spring.
Justyn Ross has already shown he can be a dominant force at Clemson. He managed to bring in 1,000 receiving yards as a true freshman and now will be the featured target with the best quarterback in the country slinging the ball his way. And it doesn’t hurt he’s a huge X receiver. Expect great things that only solidify his elite status for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Rashod Bateman already has an 86th percentile Adjusted Production Index right now. This season he’ll be the undisputed alpha for the Minnesota Gophers where he should easily break 1,500 yards and a dozen scores. Bateman could be a late-first-round receiver with an elite production profile.
Devonta Smith, Najee Harris, Tylan Wallace, Trevor Lawrence, George Pickens, Jaylen Waddle, Seth Williams, Justin Fields, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Kylin Hill, Keaontay Ingram, Tamorrion Terry, Max Borghi, Master Teague
Devonta Smith just finished 2019 producing more than Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III. He should easily post his best career numbers in 2020 and lock in early draft status.
Najee Smith will be old when he enters the NFL Draft, but that may be the only knock on his profile. After he is forced into an even more overstated feature role this year, his production profile may smooth everything out for him.
Tylan Wallace will be in the Biletnikoff Award conversation from Week 1 this season. He already has a decent breakout age, elite deep ball skills, and likely future capital going for him. 2020 is just gravy.
Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields will be battling it out for “Best Quarterback in College Football” all year long and likely finish things up with a rematch in the College Football Playoff. They’re Picks 1 and 2 in the 2021 NFL Draft with near 100% certainty.
George Pickens just put together the most impressive season by any freshman receiver in the nation. New Georgia quarterback Jamie Newman just funneled targets to two top options for Wake Forest last season. Expect one of the most polished production profiles in Georgia football history to start forming.
Jaylen Waddle is essentially Henry Ruggs III, the sequal. This former five-star recruit should see draft capital one day.
Seth Williams has size, speed, ball skills, dominator rating, and a shot at an even stronger 2020 campaign. He could work his way into the WR1 conversation if his quarterback cooperates.
Amon-Ra St. Brown likely projects to be a high volume slot receiver at the next level, but he can win outside too.
If Kylin Hill lights it up with a ton of receptions in Mike Leach’s high flying offense he is going to have one of the most unique profiles in recent memory. Hill looks like a day two back in 2021.
Keaontay Ingram has some stiff competition in the backfield this year (including a freshman we’ll get to). However, Texas likely features Ingram and gets him drafted day two.
Tamorrion Terry may be the fastest receiver in football with size to go along with it. If he had a quarterback, Terry could near 2,000 receiving yards.
Max Borghi will have to adjust to a new system this season for Washington State, but he’s one of the best “could be like Christian McCaffrey backs” since McCaffrey himself given his receiving profile and projected NFL Combine athleticism.
Master Teague will be the clear feature back for Ohio State this season. He was already earning snaps with J.K. Dobbins still in town, but Teague should own the Buckeyes carries now.
Sage Surratt, Breece Hall, Zach Charbonnet, Jerrion Ealy, Trey Sanders, Joseph Ngata, Garrett Wilson, Zamir White, Trey Sermon, Kennedy Brooks, Kenneth Gainwell, Terrace Marshall, John Emery Jr., Pooka Williams Jr.
Sage Surratt was on pace for a 1,500-yard 15-touchdown season before going down with an injury. He’ll go back to Sam Hartman at quarterback for 2020, but Surratt’s combination of size, intelligence, and contested catch numbers is astounding.
This is the battle of the second-year backs in Zach Charbonnet, Jerrion Ealy, Trey Sanders, and John Emery. They all boast feature back potential, but may not be given the reigns completely this year. Each of these backs could leap all the way to Tier 1 or drop to the bottom of this list. 2020 will be their defining season.
Speaking of second-year players, Joseph Ngata and Garrett Wilson are in for huge opportunities. Tee Higgins left for the NFL, and Ngata likely teams up to own Clemson market share with Justyn Ross. K.J. Hill (all-time receptions leader for Ohio State) is now gone. Wilson and Olave should own most of the receiving market share in 2020.
Zamir White “should” be the clear lead back for Georgia now that D’Andre Swift is gone. But if Zachary Evans (incoming freshman) chooses Georgia, things will get interesting.
Trey Sermon and Kennedy Brooks may get some rushing volume with Jalen Hurts now gone in Oklahoma. They’ll need it to solidify any mid-round selection hopes.
Kenneth Gainwell and Pooka Williams are both a bit undersized for future NFL players. However, their receiving ability and feature back resumes should put them in conversation for Day 2 consideration in an upcoming NFL Draft.
Terrace Marshall should absolutely own many of the receptions and touchdowns vacated by Justin Jefferson for LSU.
Jadon Haselwood, Jermar Jefferson, Chris Olave, Chatarius Atwell, David Bell, Spencer Brown, Pat Freiermuth, Elijah Moore, CJ Verdell, Tyler Vaughns
Jadon Haselwood’s snap totals suggested he was on the way towards the lead role for Oklahoma. If that happens, his production profile will explode this year.
Jermar Jefferson, Spencer Brown, and C.J. Verdell all need to prove more work their way into day two running backs. However, all three have at least one season with elite running back dominators.
Chris Olave could see the high volume WR1 role for Ohio State and see major stock boost.
Chatarius “TuTu” Atwell just posted the most impressive Adjusted Production Index season among all returning college receivers as a sophomore. If he adds weight, he’ll easily earn top draft capital.
David Bell took advantage of some injuries on Purdue and exploded for over 1000 receiving yards as a true freshman. That’s rare.
Elijah Moore was already the high volume guy for Ole Miss last season. With a new high volume passing offense installed expect 100 receptions from Moore.
Tyler Vaughns has been a top devy prospect for some time but now needs an elite year.
Pat Freiermuth could be the next Travis Kelce given his build, play, and production profile.
Bijan Robinson, Brevin Jordan, Zachary Evans, Kyle Pitts, JT Daniels, Jeremy Ruckert, Spencer Rattler, Brennan Eagles, DJ Uiagalelei, Tarik Black, JaTarvius Whitlow, Javian Hawkins, Journey Brown, Andrew Clair, Brock Purdy, Kedon Slovis
Last, but probably not actually least, we have a tier that introduces some true freshman!
Bijan Robinson looks like the RB1 right now as he joins a crowded Texas backfield. He has feature back size and incredible hands.
Zachary Evans has been quite the diva throughout the entire recruiting process. But! It doesn’t really matter. Wherever he goes Evans will earn a lead role no later than year two. He is definitely the highest ceiling, “almost NFL ready” back of this freshman class. By the time you read this, his destination will probably be decided, but he’ll succeed wherever he goes.
DJ Uiagalelei has the potential to be the next Cam Newton. Except imagine if Cam Newton were an even better passer. That’s Uiagalelei. He’ll have to sit behind Trevor Lawrence for a year at Clemson, but he should be exciting. Uiagalelei threw 127 touchdowns in just about three high school seasons to only 11 interceptions.
The rest of this tier still has quite a lot to prove if they don’t want to get passed up by some of the other incoming freshman. Here are some other big names to watch as spring practices kick off in less than a month:
Bryce Young, QB Alabama
Julian Fleming, WR Ohio State
Demarkcus Brown, RB Clemson
Arik Gilbert, TE LSU
Desmond Demas, WR Texas A&M
Kayshon Boutte, WR LSU
Rakim Jarrett, WR Maryland
Kendall Milton, RB Georgia
Jahmyr Gibbs, RB Georgia Tech
Tank Bigsby, RB Auburn
That’s all for now! But hey, college football and NFL events are kicking off again this month! There will be plenty of spring practices and NFL Combine goodness to talk about here soon!
Hope you enjoyed this Devy Rankings update! Feel free to reach out to me @FF_TravisM on Twitter if you want to talk more college football or NFL!