Chris Varughese

The Bears Brawl Writer, Jr. Editor and Draft Expert

The Chicago Bears already seem to have good depth at the running back position. With Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Taquan Mizzell and the newly added Mike Davis. Even with all that depth, there has been major questions about Jordan Howard’s ability to be the number 1 running back after his first year in Matt Nagy’s offense. If this proves to be true, there is a lot of value in at the running back position in this year’s draft. Devin Singletary out of Florida Atlantic University is a small, powerful, slippery back who can fit the bill of an RB1.

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Singletary’s volume and production during his collegiate career points to his ability to be a focal point on offense. In 2018 he produced 1,348 yards on 261 attempts, for a whopping 22 touchdowns. That ties for second most in the nation, along with fellow 2019 draft prospect, Darrell Henderson. Those 22 touchdowns come after a campaign in which Singletary recorded 32 rushing touchdowns, which is 3rd all-time for touchdowns in a season. The production in his three years at FAU are undeniable. Now let’s take a closer look at Singletary as a runner.

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Singletary is listed at 5’7, 201 lbs. He has a thick lower body which makes it hard to bring him down. He has great vision and patience, as well as great burst. First thing that pops out about Singletary’s running style is his center of gravity. He is already low to the ground at 5’7, but he runs even lower, as he’s always looking for an opportunity to cut. His low center of gravity and balance allows him to not only make quick cuts, but to also slip tackles in the second level. It’s also hard to ignore his physicality when he finishes runs. He does not go down easily, especially near the goal line. He uses great technique to lower the shoulder while protecting the ball at the same time.

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While many question Devin Singletary’s production as a product of touches and playing in the Conference USA, he is a very well-rounded running back as well as a natural runner. He has great vision to go with good explosiveness. Due to his combine performance that might cause his stock to take a hit, he will be a great value pick if he falls into the middle and later rounds.

Negatives:

  • Lacks long speed (4.66 40-time)
  • Smaller in size
  • Can be too hesitant behind the line
  • Needs to improve as blocker

Positives:

  • Explosive
  • Quick cutter, elusive
  • Good strength and toughness
  • Production

Here are some short videos of him against UCF and Louisiana Tech:

UCF

Louisiana Tech