It is time for the annual installment of the Devy 100, the third-most ballyhooed set of devy rankings completed within the greater Southwest Minneapolis area. As always, whittling this down to a mere one hundred was no simple task. If there is anybody you believe was omitted erroneously, feel free to pop in the comments and express your displeasure. If you missed any of the previous versions, just click on them below.
The Devy 100 is designed for the community of DLF to be as informed as possible about all the college prospects and future dynasty stars whether they play in devy leagues or not. Remember, all this information becomes archived in our library of content and goes into our annual Rookie Draft Guide for you to review when each of these players becomes eligible for traditional rookie drafts.
50. T.J. Vasher, WR Texas Tech Red Raiders
Profile: A tall receiver who is all knees and elbows at this point, T.J. Vasher looks a bit physically underdeveloped yet shines when the football is snapped. Despite possessing the aforementioned gaunt frame, Vasher has movement skills which mimic a smaller receiver with better muscular structure. Already a gazelle in the open field, power may be the key aspect when it comes to Vasher becoming a physically dominant receiver. Still a young receiver, there is ample room to grow for Vasher and while not yet a household name, his stock is ready to soar.
2018 Outlook: With Keke Coutee now in the NFL, Vasher should thrive as the Red Raiders top receiving option. Coming off a breakout redshirt freshman campaign, his game is poised to grow. Texas Tech always has a wide-open offense, which bodes well for Vasher receiving ample opportunities as he climbs the devy pecking order.
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49. Darrell Henderson, RB Memphis Tigers
Profile: It is a strong year for Group of Five runners. The antithesis of Chidi from The Good Place, Henderson immediately identifies his opportunity in the running game and rockets through the hole. His slashing style allows him to utilize his speed and explosion to pressure defenders at the second level. Also a gifted receiver, Henderson is the type of versatile weapon who can pitch in as a third-down back with change-of-pace appeal between the tackles. Those types are highly valued in today’s NFL, and as we have seen time and time again recently, pigeonholing them as merely niche backs is often unwise.
2018 Outlook: With Riley Ferguson and Anthony Miller moving on, Henderson is the clear focal point of the Memphis offense. Being the centerpiece will allow Henderson to carry the offense, a non-essential yet important footnote in any prospect profile. With the expected production, Henderson will be a fast riser for 2019.
48. Jaylen Smith, WR Louisville Cardinals
Profile: One of the nation’s preeminent vertical threats, Jaylen Smith made sweet deep ball music with Lamar Jackson for two seasons. He surprised some by returning for his senior campaign, though there are ample reasons why Smith might want to separate his reputation from the presence of Jackson. His ability to get north-south in a hurry is impressive. His east-west game is limited, as he is sluggish in short-areas. His ability as a deep threat makes him a valuable commodity as is. To really thrive as an asset, his game will need more nuance and another year at the collegiate level could pay off long-term.
2018 Outlook: Quietly, the Cardinals have assembled a deep group of pass-catchers. Smith, along with Seth Dawkins and Dez Fitzpatrick could all have NFL futures. Smith is the most accomplished, though he will have to battle to maintain his status at the top of the pecking order. In any event, if Jawon Pass is a capable quarterback in his first year as a starter, Smith should have a strong final campaign as he looks to elevate his stock for 2019.
47. Tyrie Cleveland, WR Florida Gators
Profile: A phenomenal athlete with elite length, Tyrie Cleveland is nonetheless a bit of an unknown due to the abysmal quarterback play in Gainesville these past two seasons. Cleveland has made his mark as a deep threat. His 19.67 yards per reception over his freshman and sophomore year speak to his ability to get vertical, and despite limited production, he has been part of some epic plays for the Florida offense. We’ve yet to see him do much other than his use natural tools to get downfield, though this has been often outside of his control. Cleveland is a yet to be molded ball-of-clay. He has superstar upside, and at this point in the rankings, you’re looking for a lottery ticket.
2018 Outlook: Cleveland is Florida’s most talented receiver. Quarterback play will determine if this leads to improved numbers. Even if the offense is still a bit sluggish, the arrival of Dan Mullen should stabilize Cleveland’s side of the ball. More important than his overall numbers will be his market share. At this point in his career, you want to see Cleveland dominate the team’s targets and production.
46. Master Teague, RB Ohio State Buckeyes
Profile: Zamir White rightfully sits atop the freshman running back hierarchy. If there is one back who can approach White’s upside, it may be Master Teague. Physically, he has few peers, testing out as an elite athlete at 5’11”, 210. He giggles at arm tackles and with elite long speed, he is a threat to score from every outpost of the football field. More athlete than nuanced runner at this point, Teague nonetheless possesses a tantalizing toolkit which makes him one of the more exciting investments in devy drafts.
2018 Outlook: With J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber returning, opportunity in the Ohio State backfield is slim. The transfer of Antonio Williams opens up a third-string role, though the Buckeyes do not lack for depth. Realistically, it may be a redshirt year for Teague as he settles into the college game. In a best-case scenario, he is the 1B to Dobbins in 2019 before taking over the backfield in 2020.