There is a growing movement in the Dynasty community toward “devy” players. The term “devy” refers to developmental players carried on the dynasty league rosters. These devy players are usually college players but can even be high school athletes. During each week of the offseason and season, we will look at a different set of devy rankings.
We begin the season looking at the top devy players, beginning with the Top 10 devy players at each position without regard to draft class. In general, we value the players entering the 2018 NFL Draft higher than future classes just due to the added risk associated with projecting into the future.
As we survey devy prospects, we will be looking at traits, abilities, and skill sets that will translate to the NFL. This week, we will look at the Top 10 devy passers eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft.
10. Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) – Stidham redshirted last season after leaving the Baylor program following his Sophomore year. He left the program just as the scandals were hitting the news. The 6’3”, 220-pounder is a redshirt Sophomore. For those that have forgotten about the buzz Stidham garnered as a high school recruit, here are a few quotes. Former Baylor coach Art Briles called Stidham "the best young guy [he's] ever been around." Let’s remember that Stidham played high school football in a Briles’ system at a high school Briles previously coached and played well as a Freshman after Seth Russell went down with the neck injury. In its recruiting profile, ESPN compared Stidham to "Derek Carr as a passer and Marcus Mariota as a runner." While that may be too a little too ambitious, Stidham does have the tools to be successful. He ran a 4.66 40-yard dash in high school. The ESPN scouting profile said, "He is only going to get bigger and better with more experience … He's the type of player that can fit into any scheme and add the dimension of a constant running threat. He is extremely attractive because there is a high ceiling for development." At Auburn, Stidham possibly has the best set of wide receivers in the country. We are intrigued to watch him continue to grow and develop. After the shellacking of Mississippi Saturday, Stidham has completed 85 passes of his 118 passes for 1110 yards and 5 touchdowns with 2 interceptions on the season. Notice the completion percentage over 70%. This is a great sign for his future success. He has added one rushing touchdown to the total.
9. Daniel Jones (Duke) – The Redshirt Sophomore has played well since grasping the starting job. As a Redshirt Freshman in 2016, he garnered Honorable Mention Freshman All-America pick by Campus Insiders and was the recipient of Duke’s Carmen Falcone Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player. He was an easy recruit as a 6’5”, 190-pound, dual-threat quarterback playing high school football in Charlotte, NC, just down the road. Jones had a monster game in the victory over Northwestern on September 9, 2017. In that game, he completed 29 of 45 passes for 305 yards and 2 touchdowns compared to 1 interception. He added another 108 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. For the year, Jones has 1070 passing yards and 172 rushing yards, 8 combined touchdowns, and completing 59.4 % of his passes. We do not hold his subpar performance Friday night against Miami against Jones. The Blue Devils were overmatched against the Hurricanes. Now, up to 230 pounds, Jones is a player to watch the rest of the year. He could turn professional after the season or wait another year or two.
8. Mike White (Western Kentucky) – The redshirt Senior is just now starting to get known nationally. He joined the Hilltoppers after beginning his career at South Florida. White started 15 games over two years for the Bulls. In the 2016 season, his first in Western Kentucky, White completed 280 of 416 passes for 4,363 yards, 37 touchdowns, and just 7 interceptions. Further, his eight games of 300 yards or more passing were fifth-most nationally. In an August Sporting News article, Eric Galko said, “Mike White belongs in the same class as Darnold, Rosen, and Jackson, and he’s set to produce like a Heisman contender in 2017 while impressing NFL scouts like a first-round pick. White’s underdog story has built up to this season. And there’s every reason to be bullish on what he’ll make of it.” One note in that Galko article is that Steve Spurrier, Jr. is White’s quarterback coach. Spurrier said this of his passer, “Mentally he’s so smart. He’s always prepared. He’s very detailed, takes a lot of notes, asks a lot of questions … He’s ready to learn, always asking me questions at all times of the day. And that’s before you pop in the tape on him.” White is a name to remember in devy leagues. He is one of a few quarterbacks who could jump into first-round consideration in the 2018 NFL Draft from off the national radar. In 2017, he has passed for 1,047 yards on 101 of 153 passing and has 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. White has added two more scores on the ground.