Scouting Report | Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic


Personal Background 

  • Attended American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida
  • Date of Birth (DOB): 9/3/1997 (21 years old)
  • Nickname is “Motor” – passed down from his father. Stuck with him because of his ability to run with power and speed
  • Two-time First Team All-State selection
  • Three-time First Team All-County Offensive Player of the Year
  • Fred Taylor Offensive Player of the Year
  • Listed as a three-star recruit via ESPN
  • Had offers to play Illinois, South Florida, North Carolina, and others before choosing FAU
  • 40-yard dash time in high school is listed at 4.76 seconds
  • Public Safety and Administration Major

Injury History 

  • Suffered hamstring injury during spring practices of 2018

Career by the Numbers and Awards 

  • 38 career games played during three seasons at FAU
  • Finished career with 714 carries for 4299 rushing yards and 66 touchdowns (had 32 touchdowns in 2018)
  • 2018 Stats: 261 carries for 1358 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns
  • Only had 6 receptions in 2018 but had 51 receptions for 397 yards and a touchdown in his collegiate career
  • In 2017, he was the first FAU player to earn Associated Press All-America honors (second-team)
  • First Team All C-USA (2017 and 2018)

Film Watched 

  • Buffalo (2017)
  • Marshall (2017)
  • Middle Tennessee State (2017)
  • Akron (2017)
  • Oklahoma (2018)

2019 Scouting Combine


  • The nickname “Motor” fits him because his engine never stops running
  • Has some of the best footwork of any back in this class
  • Sinks his hips with ease, which helps him change direction efficiently and effectively
  • Aggressive running mentality and refuses to go down
  • Has great contact balance and rarely goes down after initial contact
  • Bounces around like a pinball when approaching the LOS and going through the hole
  • Effective jump cuts and good vision helps him see defenders in space and tight areas


  • Biggest concern will be his long speed or breakaway speed
  • Not utilized enough as a receiver so he will have a questionable role in the passing game
  • On that note, doesn’t pick up blitzes effectively; will hurt his value on third down


One of the most effective runners in college football was Devin Singletary from Florida Atlantic (FAU). He played for one of the more prolific coaches in the country in Lane Kiffin, but FAU didn’t play against the better teams in the country. Over the last two seasons, the only Power-5 teams on the schedule were Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

Playing against the teams in the C-USA, Singletary racked up yards and touchdowns and a highlight reel of impressive runs. These runs showed how well he bounced off and absorbed contact. Meanwhile, he showed that his footwork is stellar and he’s quite the “jitterbug” with the ball in his hands.

Since his days in high school, he’s always been overlooked, but more often than not, he’s one of the most productive players on the field. He carries a smaller frame at 5’7″ and 203 pounds, but he lacks the ideal breakaway speed to separate himself from any other running back in this class. With that being said, we’ll often hear football speed vs. track speed when his name gets brought up. Lastly, he does have to find a way to establish a role on third down. He’s limited when catching the football and doesn’t stick his blocks well enough in pass protection. If he can find a way to get better in one of those areas, he’ll see the field even more.

As of now, he’s a day three player, and he didn’t have the best Combine out of the running backs. We should always trust the tape, and the tape is good, but the flaws are evident. With so many other running backs, it’ll be hard for him trump those players. This leads us back to Singletary being overlooked, but that’s okay. He’s going to be a good find for a team that’s looking for a running back in the fourth or fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Film Work

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