Florida Atlantic University says goodbye to one of its greatest players ever as Devin Singletary officially declares for the 2019 NFL draft.
It was inevitable. When star RB Devin Singletary took to Twitter to announce his decision to head to the pros, many were not surprised. Singletary just finished his junior year at FAU where put up numbers of 1348 rushing yards and 22 TDs. For his 3 years at FAU, Singletary has 4289 and 66 TDs. He is FAU’s all-time leading rusher and 6th place in all-time college football rushing TDs. His talent level is through the roof, most knew this after his first year as an Owl. What is even more surprising than any of this, is Singletary’s outstanding loyalty to the school.
Thank you Owl nation! pic.twitter.com/lXomQYo8if
— MOTOR5️⃣ (@_motor_2) December 12, 2018
Singletary addresses his coaches and staff with more regard than I have seen a college athlete do before, at least at FAU. His love for being an Owl is what fans will take away most from him and why they will continue to support him going forward. For some scouts and experts, they may have questioned why Singletary would entertain returning to FAU for his senior year. Why take on more wear and tear on his body for so little national recognition why you could go tot he NFL and get paid. The simple answer is that Singletary had respect for FAU, he clearly liked being at FAU.
College is not always just a pit stop for athletes who know they can end up going pro. For players like Singletary, it is a place to grow and prepare yourself for the future through the bonds and relationships you build.
While it is much to early to predict where Singletary could end up in the draft, we do know that he should go somewhere in the top 3 or 4 rounds. Depending on how things shake out in the bowl games, Singletary is already a consensus top 10 RB on most boards. Seeing as how RBs are a popular selection in those mid rounds (2-4), that would be a good landing spot. Which team however?
The obvious question would be if the Dolphins would consider him, and I think it is definitely possible. Miami has Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore as their lead back right now. Drake is here for good (for now). Gore could stick around for another year possibly or retire, that decision has yet to be made. Then there is the current rookie Kalen Ballage. Ballage is more of a power back that Miami could be grooming to take over for Gore. Aside from those names, there is Brandon Bolden and Senorise Perry, both whom the Dolphins like, but maybe more back-up/special teams guys.
So a Singletary pick could work. After all, Singletary is a shorter back with plenty of speed, but he is more than capable of handling a heavy workload. In similar fashion to a Kenyan Drake, it’s possible that Singletary could work his way up the RB ranks. Using special teams play and third down roles as a pass catcher or screen action.
Wherever the “Motor” starts up, we can expect great things from him.