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Will Cam Akers’ Combine Move Him Up Draft Boards? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Cam Akers played his final game for Florida State on November 30, but due to his athletic profile, he may have done more to improve his draft profile in the last month than he’d done during his three-year career with the Seminoles. Akers has become one of the hottest prospects over the past few weeks, but is it fully deserved? High School Pedigree Akers was an elite high school prospect. Per 247Sports Composite ranking, he was the top overall prospect in Mississippi, second overall RB nationally and the third overall player in the class of 2017. His final composite score…...

Does High School Pedigree Matter for WR Prospects? 3 Rules for Devy Drafts and 7 Players to Target Now

High school ranking is often used during the evaluation process to help determine the pedigree of a prospect. But does a wide receiver’s recruit ranking matter? Using the current ranking criteria for 247Sports, a five-star ranking means that a recruit is seen as a future first-round NFL Draft selection. By this standard, five-star recruits should be gold in devy drafts, and this should be a major factor when evaluating incoming rookies. Basis of Research Before I dive into the analysis of receiver prospects, it’s important to identify the basis of the work. For the college production, I looked at every…...

Can Gabriel Davis Overcome His Late Breakout? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

On December 23, the Central Florida Knights defeated Marshall in the Gasparilla Bowl. Their top WR Gabriel Davis announced his decision to forego his final season and join the 2020 NFL Draft at the beginning of December and chose to sit out this bowl game. Background Davis was a three-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He was graded as the 268th best WR and 1880th overall player in the class of 2017. He chose to attend UCF over schools like Appalachian State, Florida International, and Florida Atlantic who had also offered him a scholarship. College Production Davis was…...

Is Antonio Gandy-Golden the Next Cooper Kupp? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

On December 21, Antonio Gandy-Golden and Liberty defeated Georgia Southern 23 to 16 in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. Liberty joined the FBS in 2018 and Gandy-Golden proved in those two seasons that he would remain productive even with the step up in competition. Background Gandy-Golden was an unheralded prospect. He wasn’t ranked by 247Sports and he was only ranked as a two-star prospect by Rivals. His offer list only featured FCS programs. College Production…...

Does Travis Etienne Deserve to Be the Top RB in Rookie Drafts? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

On December 28, 2019, Travis Etienne and the Clemson Tigers take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl. Following an undefeated regular season, he and the Tigers will looks to repeat as National Champions. Background Etienne was one of the top RBs in the class of 2017. Per 247 Composite rankings, he was the No. 216 overall player and the No. 16 RB in the class. He was graded as a four-star RB, and received scholarship offers from many of the top college programs. College Production While it wasn’t completely out of nowhere, Etienne’s burst onto the scene…...

Should D’Andre Swift Be the First Pick in Rookie Drafts? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

On January 1, 2020, D’Andre Swift and the Georgia Bulldogs take on the Baylor Bears in the Sugar Bowl. Following the exits of teammates, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Swift took over an offense centered around the running game. Background Swift was one of the top RBs in the class of 2017. Per 247 Composite rankings, he was the No. 33 overall player and the fourth RB in the class. He was graded as a five-star all-purpose back and received scholarship offers from all of the top college programs. College Production…...

Group of Five Devy Rundown: Week 14

Well, we’ve reached the end of the regular season and we’re on to conference championship games and speculation about the College Football Playoff. Unfortunately for the Group of Five, there’s no undefeated national darling competing for a potential spot. The best outcome for the non-Power Five is a good showing in the Cotton Bowl. And it appears that spot will go to one of three teams: Memphis, Boise State, or Cincinnati. But since it’s the final weekly rundown of the year, let’s make the most of it with an extended version. Quarterback Clayton Tune, QB Houston Following D’Eriq King’s announcement…...

Group of Five Devy Rundown: Week 13

It’s rivalry week! And that means that all college football fans will be gathered around their screens to scout mid-major school prospects. Oh … that’s just me? Welp, so be it. There’s a ton of hype around some of the biggest games in the Power Five conferences and rightfully so. There are playoff implications and historic matchups between fan bases that genuinely dislike one another. So as we enter the final week of the regular season, I’m going to change up the normal format. Rather than focusing on players who had great performances last week, I’m going to focus on…...

Group of Five Devy Rundown: Week 12

Sadness is the primary feeling leaving Week 12 of college football because of the injury to Tua Tagovailoa, but rather than focusing on an injury, I’m here to flip the script and focus on the potential excitement from games you missed. The two featured games of the week turned into blowouts, but there was some exciting scoring to be had. Quarterback Brady White, QB Memphis Whether it’s fair or not, White is often criticized as a QB who is merely capable of leading a mediocre program. But as Memphis moves to 9-1 after a 341-yard, five-TD performance from White, that criticism…...

Group of Five Devy Rundown: Week 11

Week 11 was a big one for college football. Minnesota proved themselves to be legitimate contenders against Penn State and the “Game of the Century” lived up to the hype as LSU came out with the win. But it wasn’t just the marquee that put on a show. SMU and East Carolina proved that no Vegas over/under could hold back the Mustangs and the top Group of Five QB prospect, Jordan Love, reemerged following few bad weeks in a row. Quarterback Holton Ahlers, QB East Carolina East Carolina surprised many fans as they hung tough with Cincinnati, last week, and…...

Will Cam Akers’ Combine Move Him Up Draft Boards? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Cam Akers played his final game for Florida State on November 30, but due to his athletic profile, he may have done more to improve his draft profile in the last month than he’d done during his three-year career with the Seminoles. Akers has become one of the hottest prospects over the past few weeks, but is it fully deserved? High School Pedigree Akers was an elite high school prospect. Per 247Sports Composite ranking, he was the top overall prospect in Mississippi, second overall RB nationally and the third overall player in the class of 2017. His final composite score…...

Does High School Pedigree Matter for WR Prospects? 3 Rules for Devy Drafts and 7 Players to Target Now

High school ranking is often used during the evaluation process to help determine the pedigree of a prospect. But does a wide receiver’s recruit ranking matter? Using the current ranking criteria for 247Sports, a five-star ranking means that a recruit is seen as a future first-round NFL Draft selection. By this standard, five-star recruits should be gold in devy drafts, and this should be a major factor when evaluating incoming rookies. Basis of Research Before I dive into the analysis of receiver prospects, it’s important to identify the basis of the work. For the college production, I looked at every…...

Can Gabriel Davis Overcome His Late Breakout? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

On December 23, the Central Florida Knights defeated Marshall in the Gasparilla Bowl. Their top WR Gabriel Davis announced his decision to forego his final season and join the 2020 NFL Draft at the beginning of December and chose to sit out this bowl game. Background Davis was a three-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He was graded as the 268th best WR and 1880th overall player in the class of 2017. He chose to attend UCF over schools like Appalachian State, Florida International, and Florida Atlantic who had also offered him a scholarship. College Production Davis was…...

Is Antonio Gandy-Golden the Next Cooper Kupp? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

On December 21, Antonio Gandy-Golden and Liberty defeated Georgia Southern 23 to 16 in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. Liberty joined the FBS in 2018 and Gandy-Golden proved in those two seasons that he would remain productive even with the step up in competition. Background Gandy-Golden was an unheralded prospect. He wasn’t ranked by 247Sports and he was only ranked as a two-star prospect by Rivals. His offer list only featured FCS programs. College Production…...

Does Travis Etienne Deserve to Be the Top RB in Rookie Drafts? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

On December 28, 2019, Travis Etienne and the Clemson Tigers take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl. Following an undefeated regular season, he and the Tigers will looks to repeat as National Champions. Background Etienne was one of the top RBs in the class of 2017. Per 247 Composite rankings, he was the No. 216 overall player and the No. 16 RB in the class. He was graded as a four-star RB, and received scholarship offers from many of the top college programs. College Production While it wasn’t completely out of nowhere, Etienne’s burst onto the scene…...

Should D’Andre Swift Be the First Pick in Rookie Drafts? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

On January 1, 2020, D’Andre Swift and the Georgia Bulldogs take on the Baylor Bears in the Sugar Bowl. Following the exits of teammates, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Swift took over an offense centered around the running game. Background Swift was one of the top RBs in the class of 2017. Per 247 Composite rankings, he was the No. 33 overall player and the fourth RB in the class. He was graded as a five-star all-purpose back and received scholarship offers from all of the top college programs. College Production…...

Group of Five Devy Rundown: Week 14

Well, we’ve reached the end of the regular season and we’re on to conference championship games and speculation about the College Football Playoff. Unfortunately for the Group of Five, there’s no undefeated national darling competing for a potential spot. The best outcome for the non-Power Five is a good showing in the Cotton Bowl. And it appears that spot will go to one of three teams: Memphis, Boise State, or Cincinnati. But since it’s the final weekly rundown of the year, let’s make the most of it with an extended version. Quarterback Clayton Tune, QB Houston Following D’Eriq King’s announcement…...

Group of Five Devy Rundown: Week 13

It’s rivalry week! And that means that all college football fans will be gathered around their screens to scout mid-major school prospects. Oh … that’s just me? Welp, so be it. There’s a ton of hype around some of the biggest games in the Power Five conferences and rightfully so. There are playoff implications and historic matchups between fan bases that genuinely dislike one another. So as we enter the final week of the regular season, I’m going to change up the normal format. Rather than focusing on players who had great performances last week, I’m going to focus on…...

Group of Five Devy Rundown: Week 12

Sadness is the primary feeling leaving Week 12 of college football because of the injury to Tua Tagovailoa, but rather than focusing on an injury, I’m here to flip the script and focus on the potential excitement from games you missed. The two featured games of the week turned into blowouts, but there was some exciting scoring to be had. Quarterback Brady White, QB Memphis Whether it’s fair or not, White is often criticized as a QB who is merely capable of leading a mediocre program. But as Memphis moves to 9-1 after a 341-yard, five-TD performance from White, that criticism…...

Group of Five Devy Rundown: Week 11

Week 11 was a big one for college football. Minnesota proved themselves to be legitimate contenders against Penn State and the “Game of the Century” lived up to the hype as LSU came out with the win. But it wasn’t just the marquee that put on a show. SMU and East Carolina proved that no Vegas over/under could hold back the Mustangs and the top Group of Five QB prospect, Jordan Love, reemerged following few bad weeks in a row. Quarterback Holton Ahlers, QB East Carolina East Carolina surprised many fans as they hung tough with Cincinnati, last week, and…...

Is Antonio Gandy-Golden the Next Cooper Kupp? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

On December 21, Antonio Gandy-Golden and Liberty defeated Georgia Southern 23 to 16 in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. Liberty joined the FBS in 2018 and Gandy-Golden proved in those two seasons that he would remain productive even with the step up in competition. Background Gandy-Golden was an unheralded prospect. He…...

Group of Five Devy Rundown: Week 14

Well, we’ve reached the end of the regular season and we’re on to conference championship games and speculation about the College Football Playoff. Unfortunately for the Group of Five, there’s no undefeated national darling competing for a potential spot. The best outcome for the non-Power Five is a good showing…...

Group of Five Devy Rundown: Week 13

It’s rivalry week! And that means that all college football fans will be gathered around their screens to scout mid-major school prospects. Oh … that’s just me? Welp, so be it. There’s a ton of hype around some of the biggest games in the Power Five conferences and rightfully so…....

Group of Five Devy Rundown: Week 12

Sadness is the primary feeling leaving Week 12 of college football because of the injury to Tua Tagovailoa, but rather than focusing on an injury, I’m here to flip the script and focus on the potential excitement from games you missed. The two featured games of the week turned into blowouts,…...

Group of Five Devy Rundown: Week 11

Week 11 was a big one for college football. Minnesota proved themselves to be legitimate contenders against Penn State and the “Game of the Century” lived up to the hype as LSU came out with the win. But it wasn’t just the marquee that put on a show. SMU and…...

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