Noel Devine Scouting Report

Noel Devine

Height: 5’7
Weight: 179
College: West Virginia
40 Time: 4.35
Class: Senior
Stock: Down
Projected: 4th-5th Round

Stats

2010 – 209 rushes, 936 yards, 4.5 avg, 6 TD’s, 34 catches, 258 yards, 1 TD
2009 – 241 rushes, 1465 yards, 6.1 avg, 13 TD’s, 22 catches, 177 yards, 1 TD
2008 – 206 rushes, 1289 yards, 6.3 avg, 4 TD’s, 35 catches, 185 yards
2007 – 73 rushes, 627 yards, 8.6 avg, 6 TD’s, 7 catches, 90 yards

Overview:

Noel Devine is one of college footballs most exciting players. He has tremendous speed and quickness and has an arsenal of dazzling open field moves. The problem is his stature. His height isn’t an issue because many RB’s his size have succeeded, however he weighed in at only 179, after weighing in at 160 at the Senior Bowl, and that won’t get it done in the NFL. He routinely gets taken down by arm tackles and this was in college. NFL players are much bigger and faster. He has limited potential because he can only be a change of pace or 3rd down back. I see him getting no more than 5-10 touches a game, and if he does he’ll have a high risk of getting injured.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– Productive player
– 4 year starter
– Blazing fast
– Elite quickness and burst
– COD skills are stunning
– Can take it to the house anytime he touches the ball
– Has great vision
– Explodes out of his cuts
– Finishes his runs by lowering his shoulder
– Has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield
– Very versatile
– Can run, catch and return kicks
– Tough player

Negatives

– Extremely small
– Durability will be a huge concern at the next level
– Had a poor Senior season
– Has trouble running between the tackles
– Can get taken down by arm tackles easily
– Dances around too much
– Always looks to bounce things outside
– Body catches a lot of passes and could have problems with drops
– Severely undersized in pass protection
– Will have a small 3rd down back role with an NFL team
– May have character concerns
– Upside is limited

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 5.0
Power: 1.5
Agility: 5.0
Vision: 3.5
Hands: 2.5
Blocking: 1.0
Pro Potential: 2.0

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2 Responses to Noel Devine Scouting Report

  1. David Broderick says:

    Whoever wrote the review on this guy apparently has never heard of Warrick Dunn or the Patriots running back (Whitehead?). This kid is like a Warrick Dunn but way faster. He’s agility has been compared to Barry Sanders and he can catch the ball. In the right system he will be one heck of a contributor. NFL teams don’t use one-back systems anymore so he can be a great compliment to a starting back.

    • As a die-hard Falcons fan I’ve watched Warrick Dunn play a lot of games. Trust me, Dunn was a way better RB than Devine will ever be. The thing that set Dunn apart was that he had great patience to set up his blockers and he was more than capable of running the ball between the tackles. Devine on the other hand tries to bounce things outside too often and dances around instead of just hitting the hole when its there. Not to mention Dunn was still bigger than Devine. There is a reason Devine is getting projected as a mid to late rounder while Dunn went 12th overall.

      Danny Woodhead is a good player and I see Devine having a similar role to him in the NFL. He may see some action as a 3rd down back or if the guys in front of him get hurt. Again, Woodhead is small but he is really stout at 195 pounds.

      It’s odd because you just compared Devine to arguably the greatest RB of all time, a 10,000 yard rusher and an UDFA that took 2 years to make a roster and got playing time when 2 guys ahead of him on the depth chart we’re out. That comparison is all over the place. Really the closest comparison to Devine is McCluster from last years draft or Darren Sproles. A guy who can carry the ball a few times a game on stretch plays, line up in the slot or catch screen passes to get him open in space.

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