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. Each week of the offseason and season, we looked at a different set of devy rankings.
As we survey devy prospects, we examine traits, abilities, and skill sets that will translate to the NFL. This week, our final edition of the season, we will look at the Top 25 devy players without regard for the draft class. We value the players who will contribute at the professional level higher than the younger players.
25. Ryan Herbert (Oregon) – The true Sophomore is a great athlete with an NFL physique (6’6”, 225 pounds). In high school, Herbert threw for 3,130 yards and 37 touchdowns as a Senior. He added another 543 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. Herbert hit .400 for the baseball team and had a 1.98 ERA. Additionally, Herbert was a starter for the 6A’s school basketball team that lost the state championship as a Sophomore. After completing 63.5% of his passes and owning a 19:4 TD:INT ratio as a true Freshman, Herbert has been very impressive in year two. Bruce Feldman tweeted this stat out on the star quarterback, “How much of a stud is #Oregon soph QB Justin Herbert? Based on the seven games he started, Oregon averaged over 52 points per game (No. 1 in the country); 281 rush yards (No. 6) and 7.13 YPP (No. 7).”
24. Anthony Johnson (Buffalo) – The redshirt Junior is playing for his third college. He transferred to Buffalo after playing at Iowa Western Community College where he had 19 receptions for 434 yards and two touchdowns in 2015. As a Freshman, Johnson played at Butler Community College in 2014, catching 21 passes for 559 yards and five touchdowns. Johnson has a solid build (6’2”, 207 pounds) and is fast. He has three cousins in the NFL, including Jadeveon Clowney, so he has the genetics for success. Many will discount Johnson due to playing at Buffalo and bouncing around colleges, but there is no denying his talent. In his last three games (against Bowling Green, Ball State, and Ohio), Johnson has 21 receptions for 468 yards and 8 touchdowns. In three games.