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The FAU Owls showed up big time at the NFL Draft this past weekend as both RBs Devin Singletary and Kerrith Whyte Jr were selected. Owl’s LB Azeez Al-Shaair was also signed as an undrafted free agent by the 49ers.
This many FAU football players had not been drafted since 2014. Heading into the draft, It was known that Devin Singletary was a sure-fire selection. He career at FAU was well documented and he was one of the best back in college football last year. Kerrith Whyte Jr. on the other hand was more of a wildcard. FAU fans knew how talented he was. However, the rest of the nation did not seem to catch on until his pro day where he was able to show off his speed. After that, his stock boosted tremendously and he started popping up higher in mock drafts. Al-Shaair could’ve been drafted if he had some senior year tape, but a season ending injury prevented that. Never the less, the LB was quickly scooped up by the 49ers after the conclusion of round seven.
It is not a stretch to say that this year could see the largest FAU impact on the NFL. Each player seems to have landed in a good spot. Singletary landed in a great situation in Buffalo during the 3rd round at pick 74. The depth chart is thin behind LeSean McCoy and the latter RB is older and frequently hurt. Singletary has all the skills needed to replace McCoy if needed, it may only be a matter of when, not if.
“Awesome pick by the Bills. Devin Singletary reminds me A LOT of LeSean McCoy. His ability to break tackles is ridiculous. I think he could be the steal of the draft out of the RBs. Bills Mafia got a good player.”
–Samuel Gold, The Athletic
Whyte Jr. also finds himself in a good situation up in Chicago. The former Owl was taken in the 7th round at 222 overall. They have thinned out the RB chart after trading Jordan Howard to Philadelphia. It looks like scat back Tarik Cohen will take the majority of snaps with Mike Davis as the power back. So I’m not saying Whyte Jr. will warrant any snaps, but were anything to happen to Cohen, he could be an option. Besides, Whyte Jr. has a good shot to claim the duty of return specialist as that is his bread and butter since FAU.
Azeez Al-Shaair may have been undrafted, but the 49ers reunite him with old FAU defensive coordinator Chris Kiffin. The team has spent some money at LB in free agency and they shored it up further in the draft with the Greenlaw selection. Still, time will tell if Al-Shaair can make the team and carve out a depth role on the team.
It is nice to see FAU get some recognition through there talent in the NFL. Watching these Owls perform this season will open doors for more FAU players in the future. It will also put the school on the map for more recruits.