PROS: Terrific speed and hands. Doesn’t drop anything and he can adjust to the football in all directions. Routinely plucks the football outside of his frame. Stocky, dense frame that makes him difficult to bring down after the catch with his naturally low center of gravity. He’s a physical ball carrier that can make people miss in space to create post-catch. Love his ability to play through contact, bring the fight and compete like an alpha. Straight line speed should lead to vertical separation. Skill set demands volume touches in space.
CONS: Extremely tight hipped. Segmented breaks and his turns are painfully elongated. Route breaks are rounded, bubbled and poorly angled. Relies on attacking space and speed to get open. Does a poor job of presenting himself to the quarterback when running routes on the horizontal plane. Presents unique limitations for a slot receiver.
BEST TRAIT - Speed, Hands, Physicality
WORST TRAIT - Agility
RED FLAGS - None
Texas wide receiver Devin Duvernay brings an exciting blend of explosive speed, outstanding hands and an alpha mentality that makes him dangerous from the slot. He is dynamic with the football to create for himself and he catches everything with the ability to win most foot races. With that said, his lack of separation quickness and agility due to tightly wound hips presents unique challenges for a slot receiver that is expected to uncover against man coverage. Duvernay has enough redemptive traits to profile as a starter but he doesn’t come without restrictions.