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NFL Draft Snapshot: Devin Duvernay

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40-yard dash: 4.39 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 35.5 inches | Broad Jump: 10 feet 3 inches | 3 Cone: 7.13 | 20-yard shuttle: 4.2 | 60-yard shuttle: N/A | The Athletic draft grade: Round 4

Combine measurements: 5 foot 10.5 inches, 200 pounds

Career Stats (via Sports-Reference):

Prior to 2019, Devin Duvernay had not produced a season at Texas that lived up to his top 50 composite ranking. Texas worked hard to sign the track-star receiver and his brother Donovan in the wake of Art Briles’ dismissal from Baylor, but prior to Devin’s senior season that effort originally put forth by Charlie Strong had yet to bear fruit at Texas.

After three quiet seasons, Duvernay turned in one of the best years ever by a Longhorn receiver in 2019. In the first two games of the season, Duvernay caught 21 passes for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns. He led Texas in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2019, and became the weapon opponents had to worry about each play. He had over 100 receiving yards in seven different games during his First Team All-Big 12 season.

Duvernay delivered a prolific senior season and elevated himself into NFL Draft conversation despite the 2020 receiver class being one of the most talented in memory. A season like Duvernay’s normally would result in a Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) pick, but the stars in the class like Tee Higgins, CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Justin Jefferson, Denzel Mims, and Henry Ruggs could push Duvernay into Round 4 or later.

Even if others delay Duvernay’s selection, his name will certainly be called. He will likely be the first Longhorn wide receiver drafted since Marquise Goodwin in 2013 and just the sixth Texas wideout drafted this century.

What’s going for Duvernay:

  • Extremely reliable hands, third nationally in catches
  • Consistent production with six or more catches in 12/13 games in most recent season, fifth nationally in receiving yards
  • Built like a running back, runs physically at slot receiver
  • Highlights against other draft eligible DBs
  • Elite straight-line speed
  • Tenacious blocker in 2018 when position demanded more of it
  • Healthy across two best seasons
  • Named 2019 captain mid-season

What’s working against Duvernay:

  • One season of advanced production at one position compared to other longer resumes in the draft
  • In the middle of one of the deepest receiver classes in memory
  • Likely pigeon-holed to being an IWR due to size
  • Route running display limited due to playcalling
  • Very limited showcase of winning one vs. one balls

2019 Highlights: