*WR grades can and will change as more information comes in from Pro Day workouts, Wonderlic test results leaked, etc. We will update ratings as new info becomes available.

*WR-B stands for "Big-WR," a classification we use to separate the more physical, downfield/over-the-top, heavy-red-zone-threat-type WRs. Our WR-S/"Small-WRs" are profiled by our computer more as slot and/or possession-type WRs who are typically less physical and rely more on speed/agility to operate underneath the defense and/or use big speed to get open deep...they are not used as weapons in the red zone as much. 


Well, I didn’t expect this…not to this extent. I’ve got whiplash here…

When I previewed Devin Duvernay for the Senior Bowl, I thought he and Michael Pittman and Chase Claypool were the best WRs that I’d seen for the 2020 NFL Draft to that point. When I did previews and re-previews on the WRs for the NFL Combine, I started to worry a bit about Duvernay. I was wondering if he might be limited…or just a track guy with one good season in college. He was still better, to me, than the Lamb-Higgins-Jeudy type crowd but maybe not as great as a thought he might be after a quiet Senior Bowl and concerns maybe he was more athlete than real wide receiver. 

At the Combine he ran fast but not ‘wow’. I mean a 4.39 40-time is pretty sweet but not as radical as it used to be. Nice speed with a so-so shuttle and three-cone and vertical and broad – not the overall athlete I expected from the Combine, a letdown of sorts. 247-pound A.J. Dillon tested as more of an athlete than Duvernay. The world is filled with 5’10”+, ‘fast’ WRs…why should any of us get excited about this one? 

Then I really settled in and watched the tape and I went right back to my beginning – Duvernay is really, really good…way better of a technician WR than given credit – and arguably the best WR in this draft. The best in his style of play, which we’ll get to what that means in a moment. 

Duvernay is probably going to be our single best WR prospect of the smaller, faster WR prospects who work the interior and play the slot role. Going 3-7 yards off the snap and then cutting to the inside and getting open and making a catch with bullets flying and/or some defender about to blast him – Duvernay is an ace in this class. And that’s a real, rare, important skill. Not many WRs willingly going to the middle or hanging on to the ball when they go there, and/or take hits or absorb them/shed them and keep going. Duvernay has those skills, that kind of mindset.

Duvernay has steel trap hands too. He is a very reliable receiver and when he gets his hands on the ball, even with coverage hanging on him – he’s catching the pass. He’s also solid/thick/tough, so safeties hitting him blind from behind…Duvernay takes those hits and is fine, and/or he bounces off them and keeps rolling. When you get that toughness with the hands reliability and 4.39 speed to pull away from tacklers – you have an NFL freak prospect, but a freakishness that is not celebrated or valued as it should…not by fans/drive-by scouts.  

I’ll give an example of what comes to mind when I think of Duvernay in action…

His second game of the 2019 season, Duvernay caught 12 passes for 154 yards and 2 TDs against LSU. That’s already a great datapoint as it is…LSU had an all-star secondary, and Duvernay worked it. And he worked it in a variety of ways…slants, bubble screens, and beating some DBs deep. But a couple plays come to mind from this game that just stand out. 

Duvernay caught two passes with LSU all-world, heavy-hitting safety Grant Delpit bearing down on him and we need to discuss them…

1: One bubble screen type play…and Delpit came in and popped Duvernay full speed and low and Duvernay just bounced back from the blow, stayed on his feet/stayed balanced and then ran over top of Delpit (who was laid out on the ground after collapsing from the blow, still grasping him) and just took off for 5+ extra yards. 

2: A few plays later, Duvernay caught a pass over the middle going right to left. He made the catch and took off to the sidelines trying to outrun the DBs coming in on him. Delpit, who is great by the way, went after Duvernay like a homing device/missile and he hit Duvernay full speed as Duvernay turned upfield and quasi-lowered into Delpit’s hit…and Delpit went down/flying to the ground in a car crash heap while Duvernay acted like a mosquito got in his way and he just kept going downfield. 

I’ve never seen Delpit miss tackles like this. Usually, Delpit is obliterating everything…and with Duvernay, Delpit didn’t miss the tackle, he planted himself on Duvernay -- but Duvernay wasn’t having any of it. And it’s not like Duvernay got all worked up/saw it coming way ahead and they ran into each other like Sumo wrestlers or two rams locking horns in the wild. Delpit came in with sound and fury and Duvernay acted nonchalant, more concerned with getting to the first down. Note, Delpit was already notorious and an all-American and feared by all receivers going into this season/game. Duvernay didn’t seem worried by Delpit lurking…nor worried about anyone I saw him play against all year. 

For contrast, Jerry Jeudy tried to work some middle against LSU in 2019 and he was so scared of Delpit he dropped two easy passes while pissing his pants because he thought Delpit was coming (and he was, and Jeudy knew it). 

It’s real art, a warrior’s soul to be a great interior wide receiver in jungle of the NFL with guys looking to dislodge the ball or your head from you as you enter. Duvernay is not fazed by it, he’s sure handed…and he’s actually dealing out the punishment. People always talk about Duvernay as the track speedster – it’s a misrepresentation of his skills, not how he should be advertised as. He’s not just a fragile speedster who needs to stay on the outside…he’s probably the best interior receiver in this draft, or in last year’s draft.  

Duvernay was pretty quiet, not a standout his first few years at Texas. In part, because they tried to make him the track star deep ball kinda guy. They moved him to the slot in 2019 and he led the Big 12 in receptions (#3 in the NCAA) and in yards (#5 in the NCAA). He was incredibly productive in a decent, but not great, passing game at Texas. If he had played the slot at Oklahoma, Clemson, or LSU in 2019 and had his Texas numbers or better – I bet he would be the #1 ranked WR in the draft probably. He’s terrific. He’s getting shafted out of ignorance. 

The most ‘wow’ WR prospect I think I’ve studied so far in 2019 is probably Devin Duvernay. Chase Claypool and Denzel Mims…they are ‘wow’ as well, but they are a different size, different game. Just watching a technician with amazing hands and seemingly impervious body doing his work…Duvernay was a pleasure to watch. 

Duvernay has the speed, burst, and cut/route ability to be a productive/star slot WR in the NFL. But add in his toughness and steel trap hands – he’s a weapon. He was also a three-time all-Big 12 academic performer, so you’re getting smarts and talent (and from an athletic family and is Kyler Murray’s cousin). He’s fast, he’s tough, he’s smart, he’s not a diva…he’s quiet and unassuming – and he should be rated above the Lamb-Jeudy-Higgins-Jefferson-Ruggs cluster at the top, but no way he will be. Not sexy enough for the CFB playoff game and/or SEC-only watchers. It’s a big mistake the NFL is making undervaluing him – the kid is a star, built for the NFL…an instant impact player in the league. 


Devin Duvernay, Through the Lens of Our WR Scouting Algorithm:

The toughest defenses/DBs he faced in 2019 – LSU, TCU, Baylor, Utah. His averages from those four games: 8.3 rec., 124.3 yards, 1.0 TDs per game. 

His worst game of 2019 -- 6 catches for 60 yards in a blowout against Rice where the starters were pulled early. 

Seven 100+ yard games from the slot his final 12 college games. 

Eight or more catches in a game in nine of 13 games played in 2019…and he really wasn’t the obvious #1 target/getting a million chances from his QB. He just quietly accumulated/made the plays when his number was called. 

Before he moved to the slot, Duvernay had 7 TDs over his first 3 seasons – all of them 39 or more yards scores except for one 1-yard TD. Average distance of his TD catches before his move to slot – 53.6 yards. He has breakaway speed on top of everything else…which the way he breaks tackles and goes – he could be lethal in the NFL. 

2020 NFL Combine Measurables…

5’10.5”/200, 9.5” hands, 30.6” arms

4.39 40-time, 4.20 shuttle, 7.13 three-cone

35.5” vertical, 10’3” broad 

The Historical WR Prospects to Whom Devin Duvernay Most Compares Within Our System:

I think if you took the toughness and ability of Chris Godwin and crushed it down into Golden Tate’s body and gave it Terry McLaurin’s speed and Curtis Samuel’s hands/receiver skills – you got Duvernay. The infinitely better Golden Tate.


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*A score of 7.0+ is where we start to take a Small-WR prospect more seriously. A score of 8.50+ is where we see a stronger correlation of a Small-WR going on to become NFL good/great/elite. A score of 10.00+ is more rarefied air in our system and indicates a greater probability of becoming an elite NFL Small-WR.

All of the WR ratings are based on a 0–10 scale, but a player can score negative, or above a 10.0 in certain instances.

Overall WR score = A combination of several on-field performance measures, including refinement for strength of opponents faced. Mixed with all the physical measurement metrics, rated historically in our database.

“Power-Strength” = A combination of unique metrics surrounding physical-size profiling, bench press strength, etc.  High scorers here project to be more physical, better blockers, and less injury-prone.

“Speed-Agility” = A combination of unique metrics surrounding speed, agility, physical size, mixed with some on-field performance metrics. High scorers here project to have a better YAC and show characteristics to be used as deep threats/create separation.

“Hands” = A combination of unique metrics surrounding on-field performance in college, considering the strength of opponents played. Furthermore, this data considers some physical profiling for hand size, etc. High scorers here have a better track record of college statistical performance, and overall this projects the combination of performance and physical data for the next level.

2020 NFL Draft Outlook:

He seems on track to be a 3rd-round pick. 

If I were an NFL GM, and I need a workhorse WR for my pinpoint QB…I’m all over Duvernay. What people think/hope Jalen Reagor is…Duvernay is, and better. 

NFL Outlook:   

He’s going to either be really good or a flat-out star. The only thing that can stop him is a terrible QB or awful offensive coach…and I’m not even sure that will stop him in the NFL. He’s destined to be a reception’s leader in the NFL in the future.