FAU RB Devin Singletary Has Bears' Curiosity

The Bears hosted Singletary on a pre-draft visit last week.

Chris Emma
March 19, 2019 - 12:00 pm
Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary

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(670 The Score) Standing at a hair over 5-foot-7, Florida Atlantic running back prospect Devin Singletary believes he has been overlooked to this point and the cusp of the NFL Draft.

So the success of Bears running back Tarik Cohen, who's 5-foot-6, is something Singletary has come to appreciate.

"It just lets me know that size doesn't matter," Singletary said at the NFL Combine in February. "If you can ball, you can ball."

Like Cohen, Singletary can ball. He rushed for 4,287 yards (6.0 yards per carry) and 66 touchdowns over three seasons at Florida Atlantic, emerging as one of the most explosive players in college football during that time.

Singletary has the attention of the Bears, who hosted him at Halas Hall for a visit last week. As the Bears search for another weapon to add into their backfield, a potential Cohen clone in Singletary could fit their need.

"When you're dealing with running backs for us in this offense, you want to be able to have a guy that has really good vision that can make guys miss," Bears coach Matt Nagy said at the NFL Combine. "At the same time, there's that balance of being a hybrid, being able to make things happen in the pass game, too, but yet to where you're not one-dimensional. And that's not easy."

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Questions regarding Singletary's draft stock are fair given that his stellar play came at a smaller program in Florida Atlantic. He also clocked a 4.66 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine, which didn't leave scouts discussing his explosiveness. For Singletary, the most important focus ahead of the NFL is improving himself in pass protection.

But there's still strong intrigue in the potential of Singletary, who's projected to be selected between the third and fifth rounds. For the Bears, there's a curiosity as to what kind of fit he could bring into their offense. Nagy has said in the past that he won't overuse Cohen, who carried the ball only 99 times in 2018.

Last week, the Bears hosted a number of running backs in Lake Forest for visits. It was another sign that they could soon part ways with Jordan Howard, their feature back of the last three years, either in a trade or a potential release. In doing so, they would be saving the more than $2 million owed to Howard for his contract year in 2019 and opening up a place in their backfield for a potential draft pick, who would then complement Cohen and newly signed veteran Mike Davis.

With a player like Singletary, they could add a multi-dimensional option to their offense -- one similar to Cohen.

"I'm a game-changer and I'm versatile," Singletary said.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​