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Matt’s Top Devy Wide Receiver 10-6

For starters, many of you may be thinking about what a Devy league is. It stands for Developmental players. In a Devy league, you are drafting college players before they are eligible to enter the NFL draft. This kind of league benefits you more than you may originally realize. For starters, you now pay more attention to College Football. You learn about the prospects and in return learn more about the incoming rookie class and its depth. Most Devy league drafts are usually two to three rounds, which you may think, won’t that affect the rookie draft? No, it doesn’t. See not all players drafted in a Devy draft are going to be coming out this year. For instance, a couple of players in this article will be players coming out in the 2021 class. 

Now that I’ve given you a small breakdown of Devy leagues I would encourage you to check out Garret Prices article to learn more about the benefits of playing in a Devy league. In this article, I will break down my top wide receivers 10-6 and give you a few guys to watch out for. I would draft them in this order in a Devy league draft, and these ranks can also be applied to anyone playing in a College Football fantasy league. During each break down I’ll discuss their college production while also give you my opinion on how they might translate to the NFL, so let’s start breaking down some Devy studs.

10. Collin Johnson- Texas 2020

6’6 220LBS

Collin Johnson joined the Texas Longhorns as a four-star prospect per Rivals.com https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2016/collin-johnson-7698

Collin Johnson is one of my favorite wide receiver prospects on this list. He had a good season last year but was under the radar due to Lil’Jordan Humphrey. Johnson was a junior and decided to come back to school, which was the right decision in my opinion. Now a senior this is his last chance to ball out and should on a playoff-hopeful team with an underrated quarterback. 

Johnson is a big, strong wide receiver. He consistently plays to his strengths, his incredible size to high point balls and making it almost impossible for defenders to out body him. He can box out defenders with the best in this class and he has phenomenal vision and is technical in attacking weak spots in the defense. His catch radius is absurdly large. He should be one of the best possession receivers in this class. 

The biggest issue many have with Johnson’s is his speed. He isn’t going to blow by anyone and can be chased down from behind if he gets loose. He also lacks the ability to separ

Collin Johnson is one of my favorite wide receiver prospects on this list. He had a good season last year but was under the radar due to Lil’Jordan Humphrey. Johnson was a junior and decided to come back to school, which was the right decision in my opinion. Now a senior this is his last chance to ball out and he should on a playoff-hopeful team with an underrated quarterback.

Johnson is a big, strong wide receiver. He consistently plays to his strengths, using his incredible size to high point balls and making it almost impossible for defenders to out body him. He can box out defenders with the best in this class and he has phenomenal vision and is technical in attacking weak spots in the defense. His catch radius is absurdly large. He should be one of the best possession receivers in this class.

The biggest issue many have with Johnson’s is his speed. He isn’t going to blow by anyone and can be chased down from behind if he gets loose. Johnson lacks the ability to separate from more physical corners and needs to improve on his suddenness and change of direction, as he seems to be limited to certain plays.

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Johnson shows off the catch radius here with a ball that looks just out of his reach. He commits fully to the catch dives and makes a phenomenal catch. 

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This is one of my favorite catches by Johnson. He has his defender beat. However, due to the pressure on Ehlinger, he throws the ball short. Collin Johnson slows down, turns his body and high points it reaching over the defender. It’s a great catch that should happen even more this season. 

9. Tyler Johnson- Minnesota 

6’2 205LBS

Tyler Johnson joined the Minnesota Golden Gophers as a three-star prospect per Rivals.com https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2016/tyler-johnson-1920

Playing for his hometown team Minnesota Golden Gophers Johnson had an incredible junior year and is a very divisive player for the Devy community. It seems many either love him or don’t. While playing in a tough conference with a sub-par quarterback, Johnson will have to rely on his talent to have another amazing season and continue to push toward the top five wide receivers in college football.

Tyler Johnson’s hands are amazing. He rarely drops the ball and it seems if the ball is anywhere close you know he’s coming down with it. One of the best in this class in contested catches and consistently contorts his body to make some unbelievable catches. Not only does he show great body control in the air but his ability to control his body in the end zone and along the sidelines is impressive as well.  He is a smooth and easy route runner.

I only have two concerns for Johnson. For his size and ability, he isn’t quite a physical as most receivers you see of his size. He will likely need to do that to be successful at the next level. Much like Collin Johnson, he lacks vertical speed. Tyler isn’t going to win many foot races to the end zone and isn’t much of a deep threat.

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Tyler Johnson makes an easy catch here. He has his man beat and this would have been an easier catch had he thrown it in front of Johnson. However, he under throws the ball and Johnson adjusts perfectly for the touchdown. 

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I get that this catch happened in a scrimmage game. However, I had to include it as it shows off all of Tyler Johnson’s talent in one clip. 

8. Laviska Shenault Jr.- Colorado 2020

6’2 220LBS

Laviska joined the Colorado Buffaloes as a three-star prospect per Rivals.com https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2017/laviska-shenault-13002

Shenault is a jack of all trades for Colorado and in doing pretty much everything on the football field, it led to a breakout season for him in 2019. He amassed over 1,100 yards rushing and receiving. He did that while only playing in nine games. Shenault is an offensive weapon that can be used all over the field. This year will be huge for him in continuing to progress as a wide receiver and becoming a top option for next year’s draft class.  

Dynamic once he gets the ball in his hands Shenault has improved immensely from year one to year two and has become a focal point of Colorado’s offense. He has shown good ball tracking ability when the ball is in the air and soft hands. He has an exciting blend of athleticism, size, and strength and attacks the ball when it is in the air. Shenault improved as a route runner in year two as well and is dangerous in the open field. 

The biggest question for Shenault is his durability. He played in just seven games his freshman season and nine games last year. Some of his injuries may be due to the fact that he is used so much in this offense. Colorado does seem to scheme the ball to him, often, which might have something to do with his limited route tree. All in all Shenault could be a dynamic weapon and hopefully can stay healthy this season.

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Shenault shows off those ball tracking skills here. He gets by his defender and his quarterback lets the ball loose. I love how he never takes his eyes off the ball and track’s it all the way down to the catch and scores a touchdown. 

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Laviska starts in the wildcat here. He takes the direct snap and while yes the run is well blocked. He sees the hole burst through it for the easy touchdown. Showing off his speed and how dangerous he can be with the ball. 

7. Henry Ruggs III- Alabama 2020

6’0 190LBS

Henry Ruggs joined the Alabama Crimson Tide as a four-star prospect per Rivals.com https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2017/henry-ruggs-2091

The forgotten man on the Alabama team, Ruggs seems to be constantly overlooked, mostly because he’s playing with one of the best receivers in college football. Yet, we shouldn’t overlook his skill set and talent. He has been highly productive in his first two years at Alabama in limited targets. We have to remember his freshman year Alabama was still predominantly a run-based offense. Ruggs has a chance to shine this year with a ton of attention likely being forced toward Jerry Jeudy. However, he has two young receivers nipping at his heels.

Ruggs might be the fastest player I have seen on a football field. His ability to start/stop and reach peak speed is elite. Once he’s moving you won’t see him get caught from behind. He has shown a natural ability to adjust and contort his body in the air to adjust to the ball. For a smaller receiver Ruggs fights with a ton of toughness to make the catch. He isn’t afraid to play the slot and take hits over the middle. I was surprised by the amount of contested and jumping catches he won due to his smaller frame.

Ruggs for me doesn’t have many concerns at the moment. He could easily be in the top five of this list. In fact, the only reason he is this low is well, because I just can’t move him over my next players. Minor concerns are the tendency to struggle in running some short routes and due to his size, he isn’t a great blocker. I’m a little worried about the amount of contact and hits he has already taken in his career. 

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Henry Ruggs makes an incredible catch here. He has the defender beat to the inside. Yet Tua throws the ball behind him. Love his ability to use his hands and body to make a one-handed grab, bring it into his body and complete a difficult catch. 

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Ruggs makes the easy catch from Hurts here and immediately turns up field. He is within full speed in a matter of steps. What I love about this clip is he takes hits from three defenders and keeps churning into the end zone. He didn’t flinch and I love that even covered the ball for the first two hits. 

6. Justyn Ross- Clemson 2021

6’4 205LBS

Justyn Ross joined the Clemson Tigers as a five-star prospect per Rivals.com https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2018/justyn-ross-3907

Ross is entering his second year with the Tigers. He produced an amazing freshman season with 1,000 yards on just 46 catches. He has the opportunity in his sophomore season to put up great numbers as he plays for a perennial playoff contender. He has the best quarterback in college football, Trevor Lawrence, throwing him the ball and he has a great receiver in Tee Higgins playing opposite of him.

Ross has a phenomenal skill set. A basketball player most of his life he is transitioning that athletic ability into a tremendous football player. He has great size and physicality and has shown good speed. Ross does a good job high pointing the ball and is explosive with the ball in his hands.

This year for Ross I would love to see him take another step in the nuances of the receiving game. Ross is still young and developing as a receiver, but he will need to refine his route running this year. He will still be opposite of Higgins this year, so next year should be an even bigger year for Ross as he will be the main guy in that offense.

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Ross shows off the hands here making a nice leaping catch. Turns up field and with two easy moves makes defenders miss to score a touchdown. I like his aggressiveness but also elusiveness in this clip. 

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Ross shows off great ball tracking skills here, add in him fighting off a defender draped on him while catching the ball. I love the toughness to fight him off and race towards the end zone. At which point he fights off another defender and scores. He shows off his physicality and speed here, a phenomenal prospect. 

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I had to add this catch of Ross here. I love his concentration to stay with the catch on a nice back-shoulder throw by Lawrence. 

Here are a couple of guys who just missed my top 10, but are right on the verge and could easily be here when the season ends. 

Bryan Edwards- South Carolina 2020

6’3 215LBS

Jaylen Waddle- Alabama 2021

5’10 182LBS

Justin Shorter- Penn State 2021

6’4 235LBS

Donovan Peoples-Jones- Michigan 2020

6’2 208LBS

I hope you enjoyed my breakdown of these Devy/Dynasty wide receiver prospects. If you would like to see how I ranked all my college players check out my Devy ranks on dynastynerds.com. Check back soon as I will be releasing my top 5-1 wide receivers for Devy/Dynasty next. If you have any devy, college football, or dynasty questions you can always hit me up on twitter https://twitter.com/SportsfanaticMB 

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