Texas wide receiver Devin Duvernay was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Duvernay is the first receiver drafted out of Texas since the Buffalo Bills selected Marquise Goodwin in the third round of the 2013 Draft.
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.
With his 107 receiving yard performance against Iowa State, Texas’ Devin Duvernay became the eighth receiver in school history to record a 1000-yard season. He joined Lil’Jordan Humphrey (1176 yards in 2018) as slot receivers in Texas head coach Tom Herman’s offense to eclipse the 1000-yard mark.
Often when I begin a rankings list I'll mention schematic fit as something I account for. I'll say something like, I'm not going to let a kid's bad choice sink my evaluation. Or if they make a good decision, I'll happily ride those coattails. Often with the elite players fit doesn't matter as much, but I will account for how well a program has been developing talent. No fan base has learned this simple lesson harder or more resolutely than Texas: development really matters.
One of the big storylines out of fall camp so far is the move of senior wideout Devin Duvernay from the outside “Z” receiver position to the slot “H” spot that was left vacant when Lil’Jordan Humphrey decided to leave school early for the NFL. Over the last few years, vacancies at the H spot have almost served as a reward position for whichever receiver has the best offseason. Other than the X receiver, who also enjoys closer proximity to the QB, the H is the next closest skill player to the QB and also tends to be matched up on nickels, safeties, and linebackers with divided attention.