Devy Deep Dive: Prospect Game Films

In this article series, I will provide game films and analysis of Devy players.

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Laviska Shenault, Jr., Wide Receiver, Colorado

6’-2” 220 lbs | 3-Star 2020 Draft Class (Jr)

Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault had his best game of the season Week 9 against the USC Trojans. All of his elite skills were on full display: his outstanding ball tracking skills, large catch radius, physicality, and toughness. On the game film below, notice Shenault’s versatility playing wide receiver inside and out, lining up as a running back and even used as the primary ball carrier in the wildcat formation. At 220 pounds, his play strength is exceptional; not too many receivers possess his contact balance and power after the catch. He also plays with excellent vision and field awareness. Shenault needs to stay healthy and remain on the field for the second half of the college football season - his draft stock will depend on it.

Kenneth Gainwell, Running Back, Memphis

5’-11” 191 lbs | 3-Star 2022 Draft Class (Fr)

There are times when I watch game tape on a player for the first time and immediately rewatch it because it’s so impressive; that’s the case with Kenneth Gainwell’s Week 8 performance against Tulane. Not only can Gainwell run between the tackles, he’s a threat as a reliable receiver making him extremely difficult to defend. Just watch the back shoulder grabs he makes in the game film below; these are skills you can’t teach. Through Week 9, the redshirt freshman leads the nation with five plays from scrimmage of 50 yards or longer and is second nationally with 1,419 all-purpose yards. He’s got a great combination of strength, elusiveness, speed and is an explosive player who can take it to the house on any given play. 

CJ Verdell, Running Back, Oregon

5’-9” 210 lbs | 3-Star 2021 Draft Class (So)

Oregon running back CJ Verdell had a dominating performance Week 9 against Washington State. He was the focal point of the offense and flashed his bellcow ability with 23 carries and 4 catches out of the backfield. He possesses impressive lower body strength and leg drive allowing him to shed defenders and gain positive yardage on almost every play. He displays good cutback ability and burst when hitting the second level, escaping defenders with his elusiveness and quick feet. Watching his tape below, he has natural hands out of the backfield and wastes no time turning upfield for additional yardage. Verdell is a riser in my 2021 running back ranks and I’m looking forward to watching his continued development. 

Max Borghi, Running Back, Washington State

5’-10” 198 lbs | 3-Star 2021 Draft Class (So)

When I watch game film of Max Borghi, I see a gritty, shifty tough football player. Borghi isn’t elite at any one trait, but does everything well. In Week 9 against Oregon, Borghi was once again the focal point of the offense with 124 scrimmage yards on the ground and through the air. His game tape below shows his versatility and outstanding balance, as he rarely goes down after first contact. He’s clearly a safety valve for quarterback Anthony Gordon as he has 44 receptions already this season. Borghi is also leading the Pac-12 averaging 7.37 yards per carry; only three players nationally have as better yards per carry. He still needs to refine some aspects of his game, but Borghi is a top five running back in my 2021 running back ranks. 

Pat Freiermuth, Tight End, Penn State

6’-5” 256 lbs | 4-Star 2021 Draft Class (So)

I believe that rostering a top five tight end in dynasty leagues gives you a competitive advantage, therefore I spend a lot of time watching game film on young tight ends. One that has recently caught my eye is Penn State sophomore Pat Freiermuth. He is extremely versatile, lining up in the backfield, the slot, and on occasion, as the X receiver. His game film below against Michigan State showcases his savvy route running, strong hands, and catch point concentration. On the first play he displays his quick footwork and creates immediate separation at the line of scrimmage. He’s also an effective run blocker which will keep him on the field for all three downs. Currently, I have Brevin Jordan and Kyle Pitts as my top two 2021 tight ends, but if Freiermuth continues his solid play, he will be right behind them. 

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