June 13, 2024

Devy Digest: Portal Edition #5 Landing Spots- Wide Receivers

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Devy Digest: Transfer Portal Wide Receivers

Juice Wells – Wells lands at Ole Miss and what has become the yearly tradition with Ole Miss dipping into the portal to enhance their position. Wells comes off a year riddled with injury and he will try to fix his value for the NFL draft, he had a lot of buzz coming into the season but next year, he will be freshly turned 24 years of age, we should just enjoy what he brings to the College Football field because a 24 year old going into the draft at the position, is not very favorable.
Devy Digest Grade: B+

Matthew Golden – Golden will look for greener pastures with Texas. Golden was outshined in multiple games at Houston by Samuel Brown and if it wasn’t for a couple of Kickoff returns for touchdowns, we wouldn’t have seen many highlights from Golden. Golden was used primarily as a short to intermediate route runner and now will be in a group that will have Johntay Cook, incoming true Freshman Ryan Wingo, and DeAndre Moore, who will try to make an impact in his second year in the program.
Devy Digest Grade: B+

Caullin Lacy – Lacy transfers up to Louisville and will occupy the slot in Jeff Brohm’s system which is the position we want. Lacy is a good creator after the catch and has made great strides during his time at South Alabama.
Devy Digest Grade: B+

Deion Burks – Burks transfers from Purdue to Oklahoma and while there are no standouts at Oklahoma, it will be a crowded room with 3 returning receivers who each have shown ability to win and 3 incoming true Freshman Receivers. Spring reports will be key, but Burks should be in line for one of the starting roles.
Devy Digest Grade: C+

Rico Flores Jr – Flores showed out as a true Freshman for Notre Dame and led the trip of Freshman in receiving. The UCLA Receiving room has J. Michael Sturdivant and Flores should be able to occupy the short to intermediate role with 3 years to play, but UCLA hasn’t been able to produce any real starters for fantasy purposes, let alone devy value for the NFL.
Devy Digest Grade: C

Kris Mitchell – Transfers up to Notre Dame and should find himself as one of the starters as Spring camp opens. Mitchell was sought after by a bevy of teams and chose Notre Dame and pairs with Riley Leonard. The Notre Dame system historically hasn’t been a spot that has excited, so we’ll have to see who becomes their new offensive coordinator
Devy Digest Grade: C

Josh Kelly – Kelly parlayed a successful season with Cam Ward at Washington and ended up with Texas Tech. Tech has a type, the longer, leaner build and Kelly does fit that mold. Texas Tech will need someone opposite of Micah Hudson to draw some coverage and Kelly may very well play the Robin to Hudson’s Batman with the Receiving role.
Devy Digest Grade B+

Yazeed Haynes – Transfers from Georgia to Syracuse and should have an open room to try and win a starting position. Syracuse has a couple of true Freshman recruits coming in and the returning receivers don’t hold much hope, Haynes might be able to make an impact if he can build a rapport with Kyle McCord.
Devy Digest Grade: C+

Chris Tyree – Tyree goes from Notre Dame to Virginia. Virginia has a lot of vacated targets and Tyree was the go-to guy for Notre Dame last year. This isn’t a sexy pickup but for actual football, this is a great move for both the player and the team.
Devy Digest Grade: C

London Humphreys – Humphreys had a very good true Freshman season at Vanderbilt and was able to parlay that into a transfer to Georgia who needs Wide Receivers to step up for Carson Beck, this is a very sneaky add. Humphreys will have 3 years of eligibility.
Devy Digest Grade: A

Chris Brazzell II – Brazzell had a very good season for Tulane and landed with Tennessee. It’s an interesting landing spot, none of the Receivers from Tennessee were consistent last year, partly due to poor Quarterback play, but also a lack of separation and winning their coverage, led to Tennessee having a down year. Incoming Freshman Mike Matthews is an exciting prospect and Squirrel White should figure to be a deep threat, Brazzell will try to win one of the starting roles. Brazzell brings a large catch radius and should be a friendly target.
Devy Digest Grade: B

Jay Maclin – Maclin transfers from North Texas where he had a sensational season to Kentucky. Maclin occupied the outside role at North Texas and this figures to bring Barrion Brown into the slot for manufactured touches and being able to get off the line of scrimmage without being pressed by more physical receivers, this move should help Brown and Maclin get a chance to show his worth for the NFL.
Devy Digest Grade: A

Ja’Corey Brooks – Brooks disappeared at Alabama and was used as a gunner on punt coverage. Brooks figures to battle Chris Bell to win one of the outside Wide Receiver positions. Brooks was never someone we saw traits in, but the former 5* is looking to salvage his career with this transfer.
Devy Digest Grade: C-

Raymond Cottrell – Former highly coveted recruit leaves Texas A&M for Kentucky and appears to be a depth piece this coming season, he isn’t good enough to unseat Dane Key and will be someone that will seek playing time in 2025.
Devy Digest Grade: D

Raleek Brown – Brown was a pure athlete without a position at USC. A former running back, turned wide receiver, Brown never found a role at USC. He lands with Arizona State and if they use him as a gadgety, short area guy, he could find some CFF value, but this undersized athlete almost has no devy value anymore. A potentially fun CFF play though.
Devy Digest Grade: C

Wesley Grimes – Grimes transfers from Wake Forest to NC State and will occupy the position opposite KC Concepcion. If Grimes can flash, that will help the entire offense as defenses won’t be able to shade coverage to KC.
Devy Digest Grade: C

Will Sheppard – Sheppard has been a nice asset for Vanderbilt and now ends up with Colorado and should be able to occupy one of the 3 wide receiver positions. Sheppard will look to add veteran leadership to a very young group at the position.
Devy Digest Grade: C+

Jared Brown – Brown has been someone we’ve loved at Coastal Carolina, but winds up with South Carolina. A YAC creating savant, Brown will get a competition upgrade to prove if he is a real devy asset or not. With Rocket Sanders being the running back and South Carolina forming a very competent portal group, Brown will have every chance to shine in this offense as the short to intermediate option for whoever ends up being the Quarterback..
Devy Digest Grade: A+

Beaux Collins – Collins has been a disappointment for Clemson and we’ll get to find out if it was due to horrendous coaching or not as Collins should occupy the “X” role and will have Riley Leonard throwing it to him. Leonard is more valuable as a runner so this isn’t exactly a great landing spot, but at least he leaves Clemson.
Devy Digest Grade: C

Cyrus Allen – Allen was great for Louisiana Tech but to go to Texas A&M with so much in flux right now, this is a muddy picture. Connor Weigman has not made any indication on if he will join his teammates in the portal.
Devy Digest Grade: D

Eric McAlister – McAlister showed out at Boise State and ended up at TCU. TCU has never really been a spot we love for Wide Receivers as they really don’t develop the position. McAlister figures to be the lead receiver so he should get some production as a CFF asset.
Devy Digest Grade: C

Tobias Merriweather – Merriweather was never able to make strides at Notre Dame and now ends up in Berkeley with Cal. The level of competition, should help and with Jeremiah Hunter entering the portal, Merriweather could become the WR1 for his new program.
Devy Digest Grade: B-

Myles Price – Price goes from Texas Tech to Indiana and will compete for one of the outside positions. Indiana is in a rebuilding phase and this might be one of those good for actual football but nothing worth noting for devy purposes.
Devy Digest Grade: C

Cordale Russell – Russell is a raw athlete who needs coaching. He is not a great route runner and not a great hands catcher. At this point in his career, he will need to become a schemed-up manufactured touch type. He opts to transfer from TCU to Colorado…
Devy Digest Grade: D-

Braylon James – James had good reports during fall camp for Notre Dame and ended up at TCU. He’ll try to compete for one of the starting roles.
Defy Digest Grade: C

TJ Sheffield – Sheffield was productive at Purdue and should become the favorite target for Aidan Chiles. I really like this move for all involved and Sheffield should occupy the short to intermediate area to help Chiles as the team as a whole needs a lot more to be competitive.
Devy Digest Grade: A

Miles Cross – Cross follows his Quarterback froDevym Ohio to Indiana and should have a leg up with the familiarity with his Quarterback, this is more of a move that will be better for actual football than anything else.
Devy Digest Grade: C

DJ Allen – Allen transfers from TCU to UTSA. A former 4 * in the composites, Allen never found his way at TCU and that should not worry anyone as they’ve had 3 coveted recruits transfer out in the past couple of years. Allen will have a chance opposite of De’Corian Clark. This is a pure upside grade:
Devy Digest Grade: B+