Round Four: Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
Similar to Lynch, Texas’ Devin Duvernay is a great college player slipping through the draft cracks right now because of technical deficiencies in his game. He put up monster numbers with Texas in his senior season but is getting dinged by analysts and talent evaluators for not being the best route runner.
But once again, smart teams with truly talented players will find a way to make things work and maximize a player’s potential. The Titans have shown recently to be a smart team, and Duvernay has shown to be a player with talent to burn.
Duvernay didn’t luck into his college production. He didn’t accidentally stumble into his 106 receptions and 1,386 receiving yards (both top five in the NCAA). Duvernay put up the numbers he did in his final college year because he’s a talented receiver… who also had a 4.39 40-yard dash time.
Duvernay’s game isn’t all about speed. He’s shown strength at times to run through arm tackles and has been about as sure-handed as it gets. But yes, the most exciting part about Duvernay’s game is his insane speed. Oftentimes, Duvernay never needed to be a great route runner with how he could simply blaze past defensive backs with relative ease.
The Texas product won’t be able to run past everyone at the NFL level, but he’s got enough speed to take the top off a defense as a constant deep-threat. Even if he never translates to a top wide receiver, he won’t ever need to be in Tennessee. The Titans just need a burner, and Duvernay’s speed this late in the draft would be a steal.