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.
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.
55. Tamorrion Terry, WR Florida State Seminoles
Profile: Buzz has slowly been building for Tamorrion Terry. The Garnet and Gold Spring Game only added to Tamorrion Lore, with a 129-yard effort leading many to dub Terry the next big thing in Tallahassee. The first thing which stands out about Terry is his size; at 6’4” and closing in on 200 pounds, he is an imposing figure.
Of course, we have a tendency to overrate receivers on size alone. The Georgia native knows how to utilize his length, showing a natural ability to climb the ladder and make the ball disappear in his hands. It is the natural tools which have many so smitten. There is still a lot of refinement required, though it is to be expected from a young receiver from a small high school. The upside is tantalizing and makes him a worthy investment near the end of drafts.
2018 Outlook: Nyqwan Murray is the ‘Noles most established receiver, though he is best suited for a complementary role. There is massive opportunity for a perimeter weapon to thrive, be it Terry, veteran Keith Gavin, or one of the many talented recruits Florida State has lured over the past several cycles. Coming off a strong spring and with the overall game to flourish, it would not be surprising to see Terry emerge as the Seminoles top target.
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54. Darius Anderson, RB TCU Horned Frogs
Profile: The least heralded of a host of touted Horned Frogs’ prospects, Darius Anderson may nonetheless be one of its best. Profiled in the annual Athletic Freaks article, Anderson is a decisive runner whose strength belies his relatively slight frame. A slashing runner, I could see Anderson thriving in a system which highlights his quicks and assertiveness. He is currently one of my favorite buys at his cost of essentially free.
2018 Outlook: While Sewo Olonilua lurks, it was Anderson who took hold of this backfield last year when Kyle Hicks was sidelined and looks poised to be the lead man in 2018. The TCU offense is loaded. Anderson will have ample opportunity to make himself a notable prospect in 2019, and he will blow up the Combine whenever he declares.
53. Justin Herbert, QB Oregon Ducks
Profile: Were he in a different time zone or were the Ducks a bit more relevant these past two years, we’d hear a lot more excitement surrounding the 2019 quarterback class given the maturation of Justin Herbert. After a nice little finish to his true freshman season, Herbert was sensational at the start of 2017 prior to being lost to a broken collarbone. You may have heard the stats by now, but the Ducks averaged 49.2 points per game with Herbert and 15.0 without him. For those not mathematically inclined, the Ducks were about 34 points better on offense with Herbert under center. While the strength of competition played a role, it was clear Oregon was lost without their triggerman.
A massive quarterback with tremendous ball placement and more than enough athleticism, Herbert checks the physical boxes the NFL always craves and also has premier production to boot. On his third coach in three seasons and returning from injury, there are no guarantees Herbert seamlessly transitions into 2018, though if he does he has top of the draft potential as one of the nation’s most gifted passers.
2018 Outlook: It is Herbert’s team in 2018. His presence has many predicting the Ducks return to relevance in the Pac 12 North. Even with the coaching change, there is stability with Mario Cristobal having been promoted to the top gig. While Herbert is well-respected in the devy community, there is still a lot of work to be done before he cements himself as a top quarterback prospect. If he can carry a talented yet un-established Oregon team to the top of the conference, there would be little left to prove for Herbert in Eugene.
52. Justyn Ross, WR Clemson Tigers
Profile: Seldom does a top target for the Tide get out of Alabama, yet Justyn Ross eschewed Nick Saban’s outfit for what has arguably become Wide Receiver U. The sinewy Ross is an erudite receiver with effortless long strides. The intermediate game could use some polish, as could his feet off the line, though they’re far from fatal flaws given his jumbo frame. Regardless of where he ended up, Ross has always been a prospect with an enormous upside.
2018 Outlook: Though Clemson has a deserved reputation as an NFL factory at the position, there is ample opportunity to contribute given only Hunter Renfrow and Tee Higgins return as established players. Being a summer enrollee does not aid his odds of being a year one contributor, though if he can find a niche as a redzone weapon, he could push out complementary options such as Diondre Overton or Cornell Powell.
51. Jeff Thomas, WR Miami Hurricanes
Profile: Jeff Thomas is not large. It is an obvious observation if you tune in to a Hurricane football game. However, I do not care. Thomas is as explosive as they come and effortlessly changes directions. Given his ability to separate and his compete level, I am bullish on Thomas as a small receiver who can translate his skills to the next level.
2018 Outlook: Gone is Braxton Berrios, who was the biggest impediment to playing time for Thomas in 2017. While the Hurricanes are fairly well-stocked at receiver, only Ahmmon Richards returns as a clear top-tier option. Thomas is the second most gifted receiver in this pecking order and I expect him to display it throughout his 2018 breakout campaign.