The Ravens have a type, and that type is fast.
One year after drafting speedsters Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin, the Ravens went back to the well with Devin Duvernay, a wide receiver from the University of Texas. The Longhorns product is yet another player from an historic program, following linebacker Patrick Queen (LSU) and running back J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State).
Duvernay ran a sub-4.40 40-yard dash, and is a part of one of the strongest wide receiver classes in recent draft history. He projects to spend a lot of time in the slot for Baltimore, who entered the draft needing to address the position.
Here are five things to know about Devin Duvernay.
1. He is very sure-handed
Duvernay had drop problems early in his career, but he turned those around in recent seasons.
Devin Duvernay has the lowest dropped pass % of any power-five WR since 2018 pic.twitter.com/gUVVxsIKNQ— PFF College (@PFF_College) April 25, 2020
Not only does PFF give him the best drop percentage of any major receiver over the last two seasons, but Duvernay also finds himself high on the Texas leaderboards. He finished with the eighth-most receptions in school history, and his 106 catches in 2019 are the second-most for any Longhorns receiver behind only Jordan Shipley.
2. He is a track star
As mentioned above, the Texas wideout ran a blazing 4.39 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine, so his speed was never in question. But if the Ravens needed any more convincing, they need look no further than his high school carer. He ran a sub-10.5 second 100-meter dash and was a 2015 champion.
Baltimore hasn't hidden its affinity for players who can really fly, making a player with Duvernay's track background a perfect match.
3. He is cousins with Kyler Murray
Duvernay played at Texas with his twin brother, a defensive back for the Longhorns. But his strong athletic genes go beyond that. He's cousins with 2019 No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray, quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals.
The Ravens and Cardinals are in two different conferences, so the two won't play each other too often. But it will still be a fun storyline when it happens.
4. He's a 3-time Academic All-Big 12 first-team
The Ravens have always valued intelligent players. Part of that is their particularly complex schemes and terminology and part of it is just the added value on top of a player's athleticism and physical traits.
Duvernay was named to his conference's all-Academic team in each of the past three seasons, so he fits that bill perfectly.
5. He's durable
Duvernay made 30 starts in his college career, playing in all 52 games for the Longhorns. The Ravens have had some injury issues at the position in recent years, most notably with Marquise Brown's foot last season, so fans should be excited to see them targeting guys who stay on the field. The best ability is availability, after all.
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