The Devy Smorgasbord: Week 9
Welcome to the first edition of the Devy Smorgasbord. Each week the Smorgasbord will recap the Studs and Duds from the previous week in college football, identify one player who is being overlooked in the devy world in the Prospect Snapshot, and have a weekly updated two-round devy mock draft. The Smorgasbord is designed to help keep you prepared and well-informed in the ever-changing landscape of developmental “devy” leagues. Let’s get into the Devy Smorgasbord: Week 9.
Studs and Duds
Stud: Ronald Jones II, RB Southern California
The entire USC offense had an explosive day against Arizona State’s 96th ranked defense, but junior tailback Ronald Jones stole the show. Showing his NFL-caliber agility and power, Jones rumbled his way to 216 rushing yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. Jones is currently averaging 6.7 yards-per-carry and has 10 rushing touchdowns on the season.
Dud: David Sills V, WR West Virginia
A fast riser among the devy community (and deservingly so), Sills (along with QB Will Grier) had a chance to send a huge offensive statement against Big12 co-leader Oklahoma State. In what turned out to be a shootout (50-39), the NCAA’s leader in touchdown receptions was shut down to just three receptions for 44 yards. Sills was targeted nine times in the loss.
Stud: James Washington, WR Oklahoma State
Coming from the same game as the aforementioned David Sills, Cowboys WR James Washington continued to dominate opposing corners. Washington had seven receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns. One of those touchdown grabs was a result of a nicely thrown fade route in the corner of the end zone, where Washington had to highpoint the ball over the top of the corner.
Dud: Auden Tate, WR Florida State
It’s hard to fault Tate too much with how horrible the Seminole offense has been playing. Tate only registered four targets, catching two of them for 12 yards in the 35-3 defeat to Boston College. For the Seminoles offense to get going, their number 1 receiver needs to be involved.
Stud: J.T. Barrett, QB Ohio State
Whew. In what was possibly the game of the year, J.T. Barrett showed up to the big stage. Down 35-20 to Penn State with 12 minutes left in the game, Barrett got to work. From that point on, Barrett completed 16 straight passes and three touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a 39-38 victory in Columbus. Barrett finished the game completing 33-38 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns, along with an additional 95 yards rushing.
Dud: LJ Scott, RB Michigan State
Scott struggled against Northwestern’s number 20 ranked rush defense. He received eight carries in the loss, only garnering 16 rushing yards while Michigan State threw 57 passes in an attempt to keep up with Northwestern. Scott has mostly underperformed this season, going over 100 yards in a game only once this season. He is currently on pace for 803 rushing yards for the season.
Prospect Snapshot: Tyrie Cleveland, WR Florida
- 4 Star Recruit
- Draft Eligible in 2019
- HT/WT – 6-3, 205
- 4.38 40-Yard Dash
- 39.1 inch Vertical Jump
Tyrie Cleveland entered Florida’s campus as the second-highest graded player of Jim McElwain’s 2016 recruiting class. A 4-star recruit out of Houston, Cleveland had received offers from all of the big programs – Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, and TCU to name a few.
As a freshman Cleveland earned immediate playing time, playing in eight games while starting four of those contests. A victim of an anemic offense, Cleveland has seen relatively low volume thus far in his career only registering 30 catches for 629 yards and four touchdowns in 14 career games. Despite such a low volume, he has flashed his big-play potential in two huge spots for the Gators. In 2016 as a freshman Cleveland caught a 98-yard go route in man-to-man coverage, beating the defensive back and then breaking the tackle for the go-ahead score. In week 3 of the 2017 season, Cleveland caught a diving 63-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass with no time remaining to seal the victory against Tennessee.
Tyrie Cleveland has also shown the ability to high point the football with his lengthy frame and also has the straight line speed to out-run defenders as a deep threat with his 4.38-forty time. Route running was a question mark following his freshman campaign as coaches noted that he was “just out there running” making him easier to defend. He will have to brush up on that route running to have a career running against NFL corners, but Tyrie Cleveland is a name to invest in 2018 devy leagues.
Devy Mock Draft- 11/1/17
1.01- Saquon Barkley 2.01- JK Dobbins
1.02- Derrius Guice 2.02- Bryce Love
1.03- Courtland Sutton 2.03- Calvin Ridley
1.04- James Washington 2.04- Ronald Jones II
1.05- Nick Chubb 2.05- Dekaylin Metcalf
1.06- N’Keal Harry 2.06- Christian Kirk
1.07- Auden Tate 2.07- Trayveon Williams
1.08- Kalen Ballage 2.08- Damien Harris
1.09- Damarea Crockett 2.09- Donovan Peoples-Jones
1.10- Ahmonn Richards 2.10- Najee Harris
1.11- Deon Cain 2.11- Michael Gallup
1.12- Equanimeous St. Brown 2.12- Cam Akers
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