5 Offensive Skill Players Teams Should Avoid

With the 2019 NFL Draft just weeks away, teams are now constructing their big boards and formulating their strategy of acquiring talent. These are players that are either being rated higher than they should be or are players that team should take off their draft board altogether.

Devin Singletary HB Florida Atlantic

Singletary is in the top 5 of some running back rankings and is above guys like Penn State running back Miles Sanders and Memphis running back Darrell Henderson.

Singletary is 5’7″ 203 pounds. A guy at that frame needs to check all of the boxes in terms of athleticism or else he isn’t going to produce at a consistent rate in the NFL. His 40-time is bad (4.66), his 3-cone is bad (7.32), and his close to 600 career carries at FAU is concerning in terms of wear and tear.

I actually like Singletary a decent amount. I think he can be a good complement in a committee, but no more than that. He is a top 10-15 running back in a not so deep class. A team that wants an undersized running back so look at Utah State’s Darwin Thompson.

Riley Ridley WR Georgia

Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

It blows my mind that Ridley is being considered as a Day 2 pick by most scouting websites. He isn’t athletic, wasn’t productive, and is benefitting from having an older brother that was drafted in the first round.

His 6’1″ 200 pound frame gives optimism that his game will translate at the next level. However once you start diving deeper, Ridley is not worth the 2nd or 3rd round grade many are giving to him. In fact, wide receivers with Ridley’s measurables are often selected late in the draft and have minimal impact in the NFL.

Here are his combine numbers. He ran a 4.58 40-yard dash time so he has below average straight line speed. He ran a 7.22 3-cone and a 4.28 20-yard shuttle so he isn’t agile enough to execute most routes on the route tree. He had the second worst vertical for a wide receiver with a jump of 30.5 inches so he can’t jump up and make a contested catch. His physical skills are all below average which makes it difficult to develop into a dependable NFL wide receiver.

Some wide receivers produce in the NFL despite being marginal athletes. Ridley did nothing to indicate that as he never earned more than 570 yards in a season.. He underwent foot surgery his freshman year and has a suspension due to Marijuana possession to his name.

NFL teams should be looking at South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel or Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell. They are similar wide receivers that bring more to the table than Ridley.

Lil’Jordan Humphrey WR Texas

4.75 40-yard dash.

It is unwise to evaluate a prospect solely on their combine performance, but this is an automatic dealbreaker at the wide receiver position. On film, Humphrey was unable to separate from corners guarding him on a consistent basis. He didn’t beat many defenders over the top and does not have the vertical even as a tall wide receiver to jump over defenders and make a catch.

Humphrey will be lucky to make a roster. If you want a late round tall wide receiver, teams should look at Colorado State wide receiver Preston Williams or Notre Dame’s Miles Boykin.

Benny Snell HB Kentucky

Snell is a tough one because he had a fantastic career at Kentucky. He earned over 1,000 yards in all of his three seasons and broke the record for most career rushing yards at Kentucky. Snell also broke Randall Cobb’s record for most total touchdowns at Kentucky with 37. The former Wildcat did all of this without returning for his senior year.

So what’s wrong? He is incredibly slow and has below average lateral speed that is crucial in becoming a dependable running back in the NFL. Snell ran a 4.66 at the combine in addition to an abysmal broad jump and vertical (119 inches and 29.5 inches respectfully). The broad jump and vertical measure more than the ability to jump; it helps capture a player’s explosiveness which is something Snell lacks.

Snell is in the same boat as Singletary. Very productive careers in college but lack certain traits that are vital in developing into a consistent running back. Teams should draft Iowa State’s Devin Montgomery or Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams instead.

Elijah Holyfield HB Georgia

I put on Holyfield’s tape and liked what I saw. The guy was a bowling ball breaking tackles right and left. Holyfield could develop into a decent two down back option for a team that uses a power run scheme. All he had to do was have an average combine and he was a for-sure top 10 running back in my rankings.

Then the combine happened.

All Holyfield had to do was run less than a 4.65 and I would be confident in his ability to translate to the NFL. 4.65. That’s all. To put this into perspective, pass rushers and linemen were running this time. Kentucky edge defender Josh Allen ran a 4.63. Mississippi State edge defender Montez Sweat ran a 4.41. Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary ran a 4.58. All of these guys are at least 250 pounds.

Holyfield ran a 4.78…

It is not a good sign when an NFL running back is significantly slower than the defensive linemen that are trying to tackle you. The strength that Holyfield showed on film was transferred over with 26 reps on the bench press, but the strength was the only consistent skill Holyfield displayed in both film and at the combine.

At most, Holyfield can become that goal line vulture that steals touchdowns away from your fantasy starter each week. If a team wants a power back with adequate speed and burst, look at Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson.

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