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When The Devy Breaks: Jake Fromm In Hostile Territory

When the Devy Breaks travels the college football landscape, keeping you up-to-date on last week’s results, previewing the big upcoming tilts, and providing 2018 devy rankings.

The vast majority of this article series so far has been focused on well-known, Power-5 prospects. And while it’s true that most of the high-end talent in college football gravitates to these schools, there are always exceptions.

Every year, smaller school prospects get drafted. Most don’t pan out, but some do. In the recap section below I will focus on three such examples. These guys don’t have the name recognition or recruiting pedigree compared to some of their peers, but their performances have nonetheless been impressive.

In the section focused on the upcoming slate of games I’ll pivot back to the marquee matchups, but I wanted to dig a little bit deeper and will continue to do so for the rest of the season when possible.

I hope you all enjoy it.

RECAP

New Mexico State wide receiver Jaleel Scott is an interesting prospect for a few reasons. First, he’s had four or more receptions and 50 or more receiving yards in every game this season while averaging a touchdown per game. He also has an uncommon frame at 6-foot-6, 215 pounds. He was just recently invited to participate in the Senior Bowl, greatly increasing his exposure to NFL scouts and the chances he finds a home at the next level.

Scott went for 7/130/1 in last weekend’s win over Texas State. With just two seasons of FBS experience, he doesn’t wow in the metrics department, but through eight games he’s accounted for 29 percent of the Aggies’ receiving yards and TDs. Scott is a late bloomer with the size to be an intriguing NFL prospect.

Buffalo WR Anthony Johnson is another small school prospect building an impressive final season production profile. In last weekend’s 38-28 win over Bowling Green State, Johnson went for 8/160/2, his fourth game of the year with 140 or more receiving yards. Similar to Scott, Johnson has limited experience at the FBS level after playing two seasons in the junior college ranks.

Through eight games, Johnson sports a 0.41 Dominator Rating, and at 6-foot-2, 207 pounds, he has the requisite size. I’m hopeful he ends up with a combine invite because if he excels physically, he could be a late-round rookie draft pick worth investing in.

To round out the holy trinity of small-school WRs, let’s move to Florida International’s Thomas Owens. Before last weekend’s 8/72/1 performance against Texas San-Antonio, Owens had been averaging 132 receiving per game over his last four. He’s also the most efficient draft-eligible WR according to PFF’s Yards Per Route Run metric. Owens is 6-foot-1, 198 pounds, which could limit him as an outside WR at the NFL level, but his Dominator Ratings from the past two seasons plus 2017 are plenty impressive – 0.29, 0.30, 0.53.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK

While Georgia’s defense and running backs get most of the credit for their 8-0 start, quarterback Jake Fromm has stepped in for Jacob Eason and exceeded most expectations for a freshman in the SEC. Through nine games, Fromm has completed 63.3 percent of his throws with 15 TDs to just 4 INTs. His 10.5 adjusted yards per attempt is on par with some of the best QBs in the country.

This week he leads the Bulldogs against Auburn in a difficult road spot. Auburn ranks third in the nation against explosive passing plays, an area where Fromm has excelled and ranks 11th. Fromm will likely be called upon to make big throws in this crucial SEC West clash.

It’s safe to say that Iowa RB Akrum Wadley has not lived up to the lofty preseason expectations after totaling nearly 1,400 total yards and 13 TDs in 2016. The Hawkeyes’ senior is averaging just 4.2 yards per carry and has seen a dip in TD production. But he’s still accounted for 59 percent of Iowa’s non-QB rushing yards this season and has served as a capable — and sometimes explosive — pass catcher.

Coming off their shocking 55-24 win over Ohio State, Iowa now travels to face 8-0 Wisconsin. The Badgers rank in the top 30 in the major rush defense metrics according to S&P+, making this a tough test for Wadley.

Miami (FL) tight end Christopher Herndon IV is looking more and more like the next Hurricane in a line of promising prospects at the position. Ranking second on the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards and TDs, Herndon sports a 0.19 Dominator Rating, an impressive mark for an college TE. At 6-foot-4, 252 pounds, he projects nicely at the next level, especially if his athletic measurables match up to his production. Even with future first-round draft pick David Njoku playing the same position in 2016, Herndon still put up a respectable 28/334/2 season-long line. Miami will need all hands on deck this week against a Notre Dame team with the seventh best scoring offense in the country.

I’ve included my devy rankings for 2018, 2019, and 2020 to the article this week, so feel free to hit me up on Twitter or the message boards to let me know what you think.

Overall Devy Rankings

RankPositionNameClassSchool
1RBSaquon Barkley2018Penn State
2WRJames Washington2018Oklahoma State
3WRCourtland Sutton2018SMU
4RBDerrius Guice2018LSU
5WRN'Keal Harry2019Arizona State
6RBNick Chubb2018Georgia
7WRDeKaylin Metcalf2019Ole Miss
8WRMichael Gallup2018Colorado State
9WRKelvin Harmon2019N.C. State
10WRAhmmon Richards2019Miami
11WRA.J. Brown2019Ole Miss
12RBDavid Montgomery2019Iowa State
13RBJ.K. Dobbins2020Ohio State
14RBRonald Jones2018USC
15WRAnthony Miller2018Memphis
16WRAuden Tate2018Florida State
17RBCam Akers2020Alabama
18WRJonathan Taylor2020Wisconsin
19RBRashaad Penny2018San Diego State
20RBDe'Andre Swift2020Georgia
21WREquanimeous St. Brown2018Notre Dame
22WRRichie James2018Middle Tennessee State
23WRJhamon Ausbon2020Texas A&M
24RBTrayveon Williams2019Texas A&M
25RBSony Michel2018Georgia
26WRTarik Black2020Michigan
27WRDeon Cain2018Clemson
28RBStephen Carr2020USC
29RBKerryon Johnson2018Auburn
30RBRoyce Freeman2018Oregon
31WRCedrick Wilson2018Boise State
32WRBryan Edwards2019South Carolina
33QBBaker Mayfield2018Oklahoma
34RBDamarea Crockett2019Missouri
35WRTarik Black2020Michigan
36WRCalvin Ridley2018Alabama
37WRDonovan Peoples-Jones2020Michigan
38WRTee Higgins2020Clemson
39RBTrey Sermon2020Oklahoma
40QBLamar Jackson2018Louisville
41RBDamien Harris2018Alabama
42QBJosh Rosen2018UCLA
43RBJustice Hill2019Oklahoma State
44WRDante Pettis2018Washington
45RBBryce Love2018Stanford
46RBJohn Kelly2018Tennessee
47WRNajee Harris2020Alabama
48RBBenny Snell2019Kentucky
49TEMike Gesicki2018Penn State
50RBMyles Gaskin2018Washington

2018 Devy Rankings

RankPositionNameAgeSchool
1WRJames Washington21.3Oklahoma State
2WRCourtland Sutton21.8SMU
3WRMichael GallupColorado State
4WRAnthony MillerMemphis
5WRAuden Tate20.5Florida State
6WRCedrick WilsonBoise State
7WRDeon Cain21Clemson
8WREquanimeous St. Brown20.9Notre Dame
9WRRichie JamesMiddle Tennessee State
10WRDante PettisWashington
11WRCalvin Ridley22.6Alabama
12WRDeebo SamuelSouth Carolina
13WRSimmie Cobbs Jr.21.9Indiana
14WRChristian Kirk20.7Texas A&M
15WRAllen Lazard21.7Iowa State
16WRLawrence CagerMiami (FL)
17WRJester WeahPittsburgh
18WRJaylen SmithLouisville
19WRDeontay BurnettUSC
20WRCody ThompsonToldeo
21WRDarren Carrington22.8Utah
22WRD.J. CharkLSU
23WRNick Westbrook20.4Indiana
24WRMarcell AtemanOklahoma State
25WRJake Wieneke21.9South Dakota State
1TEMike Gesicki20.8Penn State
2TEMark AndrewsOklahoma
3TEDallas GoedertSouth Dakota State
4TEAdam BrenemanMassachusetts
5TEJaylen SamuelsNorth Carolina State
6TETroy FumagalliWisconsin
7TEAlize MackNotre Dame
8TEIan ThomasIndiana
9TEChris HerndonMiami
10TEHayden Hurst24South Carolina
1RBSaquon Barkley20.5Penn State
2RBDerrius Guice20.1LSU
3RBNick Chubb21.6Georgia
4RBRonald Jones20.4USC
5RBRashaad PennySan Diego State
6RBSony Michel22.5Georgia
7RBKerryon JohnsonAuburn
8RBRoyce Freeman21.5Oregon
9RBBryce Love20.1Stanford
10RBDamien Harris20.5Alabama
11RBJohn Kelly21Tennessee
12RBJosh AdamsNotre Dame
13RBBo Scarbrough22.9Alabama
14RBMyles Gaskin20.5Washington
15RBKalen Ballage21.7Arizona State
16RBAkrum WadleyIowa
17RBL.J. Scott20.9Michigan State
18RBJarvion Franklin21.7Western Michigan
19RBMark WaltonMiami
20RBMike WeberOhio State
21RBJustin Jackson21.3Northwestern
22RBLavon ColemanWashington
23RBD'Angelo Brewer21.6Tulsa
24RBJacques Patrick20.6Florida State
25RBJustin CrawfordWest Virginia
1QBBaker Mayfield22.3Oklahoma
2QBLamar Jackson20.6Louisville
3QBJosh Rosen20.5UCLA
4QBSam Darnold20.2USC
5QBJarrett Stidham21Auburn
6QBDrew LockMissouri
7QBMason Rudolph22.1Oklahoma State
8QBJosh AllenWyoming
9QBDaniel JonesDuke
10QBJake Browning21.3Washington
11QBDeondre Francois20.5Florida State
12QBRiley FergusonMemphis
13QBLogan WoodsideToledo
14QBWill GrierWest Virginia
15QBKyle Allen21.4Houston

2019 Devy Rankings

RankPositionNameAgeSchool
1QBShea PattersonOle Miss
2QBJustin HerbertOregon
3QBK.J. CostelloStanford
4QBJake BentleySouth Carolina
5QBDwayne HaskinsOhio State
6QBJacob Eason19.7Georgia
7QBJalen HurtsAlabama
8QBFeleipe FranksFlorida
9QBKhalil TateArizona
10QBJarrett GuarantanoTennessee
1RBDavid MontgomeryIowa State
2RBTrayveon Williams19.8Texas A&M
3RBDevin Singletary20Florida Atlantic
4RBJustice HillOklahoma State
5RBDamarea Crockett19.6Missouri
6RBBenny SnellKentucky
7RBJoshua JacobsAlabama
8RBElijah Holyfield19.7Georgia
9RBMiles Sanders20.3Penn State
10RBSewo OloniluaTCU
11RBTravis HomerMiami (FL)
12RBRico DowdleSouth Carolina
13RBAntonio Williams19.8Ohio State
14RBTavien Feaster19.6Clemson
15RBDevwah Whaley19.8Arkansas
16RBAlexander MattisonBoise State
17RBTony JonesNotre Dame
18RBTre BryantNebraska
19RBBrian HerrianGeorgia
20RBAmir Rasul19.2Florida State
1TEIsaac Nauta20.2Georgia
2TENoah FantIowa
3TEKaden SmithStanford
4TECharlie WoernerGeorgia
5TEJake HausmannOhio State
1WRN'Keal Harry19.6Arizona State
2WRKelvin HarmonNorth Carolina State
3WRA.J. Brown20.1Ole Miss
4WRDeKaylin MetcalfOle Miss
5WRAhmmon RichardsMiami
6WRBryan EdwardsSouth Carolina
7WRDemetris RobinsonCalifornia
8WRCollin JohnsonTexas
9WRMichael PittmanUSC
10WRTyler Vaughns20.2USC
11WRNate Craig-Meyers20.2Auburn
12WRTyrie ClevelandFlorida
13WRChase ClaypoolNotre Dame
14WRSeth DawkinsLouisville
15WRAustin MackOhio State
16WRDevin DuvernayTexas
17WRRiley Ridley21Georgia
18WRBinjimen VictorOhio State
19WRKyle DavisAuburn
20WRKevin StephersonNotre Dame

2020 Devy Rankings

RankPositionNameSchool
1QBJake FrommGeorgia
2QBTua TagovailoaAlabama
3QBDavis MillsStanford
4QBSam EhlingerTexas
5QBHunter JohnsonClemson
6QBDylan McCaffreyMichigan
7QBKellen MondTexas A&M
8QBMyles BrennanLSU
9QBTate MartellOhio State
10QBShawn RobinsonTCU
1RBJ.K. DobbinsOhio State
2RBCam AkersFlorida State
3RBJonathan TaylorWisconsin
4RBDe'Andre SwiftGeorgia
5RBTrey SermonOklahoma
6RBStephen CarrUSC
7RBNajee HarrisAlabama
8RBTravis EtienneClemson
9RBBrian RobinsonAlabama
10RBSpencer BrownUAB
11RBKhalan LabornFlorida State
12RBSalvon AhmedWashington
13RBZaquandre WhiteFlorida State
14RBToneil CarterTexas
15RBTy ChandlerTennessee
16RBNathan TilfordArizona
1TEColby ParkinsonStanford
2TEHunter BryantWashington
3TEGrant CalcaterraStanford
4TEBrock WrightNotre Dame
5TEJosh FaloOregon
1WRJhamon AusbonTexas A&M
2WRTarik BlackMichigan
3WRDonovan Peoples-JonesMichigan
4WRCeeDee LambOklahoma
5WRTee HigginsClemson
6WRJerry JeudyAlabama
7WRJalen ReagorTCU
8WRJoseph LewisUSC
9WRTrevon GrimesOhio State
10WROrTre SmithSouth Carolina
11WRJeff ThomasMiami
12WRTyrell ShaversAlabama
13WRHenry RuggsAlabama
14WRDeVonta SmithAlabama
15WRTyjon LindseyNebraska
16WREvidence NjokuMiami
17WRTy JonesWashington
18WROsiris St. BrownStanford
19WRJeremiah HollomanGeorgia
20WRAmari RodgersClemson

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