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2020 NFL Draft profile: Texas Longhorns wide receiver Devin Duvernay

Texas Longhorns wide receiver Devin Duvernay is one of four UT players invited to the 2020 NFL Combine.

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Longhorns wide receiver Devin Duvernay was one of four University of Texas players to be invited to the 2020 NFL Combine. 

In his senior season for the Longhorns, Duvernay led the nation and caught 103 passes (most in NCAA) for 1,249 yards and eight touchdowns, played in and started in 12 games, earned first-team All-Big 12 honors and was named to the Biletnikoff Award’s midseason watch list. He led all Big 12 receivers in catches, catches per game, receiving yards, receiving yards per game and was third in receiving touchdowns.

NFL analyst Lance Zierlein described Duvernay as a "straight-line speedster with a fireplug build who needs to close the ability gap between when the ball is in his hands and when it's not." Zierlein said Duvernay was a slot receiver with tight hips and below-average route running, but praised his hands and yards after the catch (YAC) ability

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STRENGTHS (According to NFL.com's Lance Zierlein)

  • Rugged, durable frame
  • Led the nation in catches and finished fourth in yardage
  • Texas 100-meter state champ (10.27) in high school
  • Has potential to separate on deep balls
  • Thrives with catch-and-runs
  • Runs like he hates humanity as he blasts through tacklers
  • Roughs up clingy coverage
  • Good sideline awareness to drop the feet inbounds
  • Slows and settles into zone windows
  • Can pluck throws with hands or nestle them in traffic
  • Very reliable, soft hands

WEAKNESSES (According to NFL.com's Lance Zierlein)

  • Plays like a running back who happens to have great hands
  • Tight hips limit lateral agility and suddenness
  • Needs greater attention to details as route-runner
  • Vertical push will vary depending on route
  • Tends to drift on overs and deep digs
  • Inconsistent use of burst to open
  • Needs to square numbers to throws to protect catch point
  • Below-average ball skills down the field
  • Lacks length and timing for 50/50 wins

NFL COMBINE PERFORMANCE

  • 40-yard dash: 4.39 seconds
  • Bench press: N/A
  • Vertical jump: 35.5 inches
  • Broad jump: 123.0 inches
  • 3-cone drill: 7.13 seconds
  • 20-yard shuttle drill: 4.2 seconds

Measurables:

  • Height: 5 feet, 10 inches
  • Weight: 200 pounds
  • Arms: 30 5/8 inches
  • Hands: 9 1/2 inches

NFL DRAFT PROSPECT GRADE

Duvernay's grade is listed as a 6.0. Here is how his grade lies in the scale:

Grade scale: 

  • 8.0 - The perfect prospect
  • 7.3-7.5 - Perennial All-Pro
  • 7.0-7.1 - Pro Bowl talent
  • 6.7-6.8 - Year 1 quality starter
  • 6.5 - Boom or bust prospect
  • 6.3-6.4 - Will be starter within first two seasons
  • 6.1-6.2 - Good backup who could become starter
  • 6.0 - Developmental traits-based prospect
  • 5.8-5.9 - Backup/special-teamer
  • 5.5-5.6 - Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
  • 5.4 - Priority free agent
  • 5.0-5.1 - Chance to be in an NFL training camp
  • No grade - Likely needs time in developmental league

Duvernay's former quarterback, Texas senior Sam Ehlinger, showed support for the wideout Thursday on Twitter. 

"About to shine at the next level. Let 'em know today. Good luck @Dev_Duv5. #NFLCombine.," Ehlinger tweeted

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