2019 Raiders Draft Prospect
Name: Devin Singletary
School: Florida Atlantic University
Weight: 200 pounds
Draft Projection: Day 3
Despite weighing around 200 pounds, FAU saw fit to use Singletary as a workhorse. Yet, he shows no signs of fatigue, slowing down or wear and tear from 714 carries. With the ball, Singletary will attempt to cut one in the backfield and find the hole. Decisively, he explodes throw the opening and blurs through the second level. More importantly, the film shows a back with excellent balance that allows Singletary to bounce off tackles. When defenders attempt to wrap up, if there are slow/lazy, he will slap their hands away. Meanwhile, his feet keep moving and churning,
At times, the FAU offensive line would break down, allowing defenders to camp in their backfield. As a result, Singletary needed to act as his own blocker. By stringing together jukes and changing directions quickly, he would often make the first defender miss. When he ventured downfield, Singletary would put his opponent on skates, creating more daylight to run through.
Singletary will rip off chunk yardage and take the ball the distance, as he did at FAU. More importantly, he can generate different levels of burst. After slowing down to shake a defender or break a tackle, Singletary will accelerate away. At the next level, this will help him see the field.
FAU never really targeted Singletary in the passing game. Whether that is a product of scheme or not, he will need steady reps in camp and preseason targets. With his elusiveness, Singletary can win on the boundary versus linebackers and usually light-hitting tacklers.
Despite 765 touches, Singletary still approaches touches with the same presence of mind as he did as a freshmen. Now, with experience, he sees holes before they develop and uses instinct and timing to work his way down the field. Normally, that many touches would serve as a deterrent. Yet, expertise with the ball should give him a jump on many rookie running backs.
Regardless of what the Raiders do in regards to Marshawn Lynch or Chris Warren, they still need a younger, twitchy back. While Jalen Richard operates in that current spot, Singletary brings more wiggle and a nose for the end zone. These traits are rather foreign to Richard. With a Day 3 projection, Oakland could benefit from a back with agility.