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Devy Top 10, Week 9

A weekly Top 10 list of Devy Dynasty players, broken down by draft eligibility and position.  This week, we look at the Top 10 2019 running backs

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. 

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 running backs eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft.

10. Justice Hill (Oklahoma State) –  The 5’10”, 185-pound Sophomore runs with more power than his size might indicate.  He was noticeably better than teammate Chris Carson (who starred with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season) a year ago.  As a Freshman, Hill garnered the following honors: 2016 FBS Freshman Rushing Leader, 2016 Freshman All-America First Team (FWAA), 2016 Freshman All-America First Team (USA Today), 2016 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (Associated Press), 2016 Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year (Coaches), and 2016 Second-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches).  At a school which produced two NFL Hall of Famers (Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas) at the position, it is impressive that Hill set the top Freshman rushing season in Oklahoma State history with 1,142 yards.  Hill has been over 100 rushing yards in every game this season except two blowout victories early in the year which he only had 11 carries in each contest and Saturday when Hill missed much of the game when he was held out of action due to injury.  Against West Virginia, Saturday, Hill gained 86 yards and scored twice on 12 carries.  He would have easily eclipsed 100 rushing yards if not for the injury.  Hill excels running between the tackles with great vision and cutbacks in the hole.  On the season, he has 151 carries for 836 yards and 7 touchdowns.  Hill has added another 128 yards and a score as a receiver. 

9.  Devwah Whaley (Arkansas) –  At 6’0”, 216 pounds, many do not appreciate the burst and agility of Whaley.  He still has maintained his burst, even after gaining 20 pounds since coming to the Razorbacks out of high school.  Many schools recruited him as a defensive back due to his fluid hips and short-area quickness.  Whaley ran for 1,530 yards and 21 touchdowns during his Senior year in high school.  The poor Arkansas offense has overshadowed the runner.  After a strong Freshman season, Whaley was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List.  This season has been a disappointment as Arkansas has struggled on both sides of the ball.  He has gained 347 yards on 80 carries and added 3 touchdowns.  Whaley has added another 29 yards and a touchdown through the air.

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