A look at where FAU’s former football stars could land in the 2019 NFL Draft

The last year FAU had two players drafted was 2014.

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A look at where FAU’s former football stars could land in the 2019 NFL Draft

FAU junior running back Devin Singletary (5) talks with his teammates on the sidelines before heading back out to the field. Photo by: Christopher Blackshear

FAU junior running back Devin Singletary (5) talks with his teammates on the sidelines before heading back out to the field. Photo by: Christopher Blackshear

FAU junior running back Devin Singletary (5) talks with his teammates on the sidelines before heading back out to the field. Photo by: Christopher Blackshear

FAU junior running back Devin Singletary (5) talks with his teammates on the sidelines before heading back out to the field. Photo by: Christopher Blackshear

Zachary Weinberger, Staff Writer

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This weekend marks the 84th annual NFL Draft, where former college football stars find their new homes at the professional level. And this year, FAU fans could recognize a few names that are called.

Here’s some of the former FAU players who are looking to make their pro dreams a reality:

Devin Singletary – RB

Singletary will likely be the first former Owl selected after a record-setting collegiate career. But the question is: where will the elusive back go? One team that has shown significant interest in Singletary is the Chicago Bears. After trading their former lead back Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles, they could use a replacement like Motor to pair with the speedy Tarik Cohen.

Another team that could be interested is the Philadelphia Eagles. Jay Ajayi is questionable to return to the team after a couple injury-riddled seasons, and Singletary would be a great back-up plan. Adding to the intrigue is that Singletary’s running style has been compared to that of former Eagles star Lesean McCoy.

Either of those franchises could take a chance on Motor, but whatever team picks him, he’ll be a solid contributor with starter potential. If he works on his pass-catching ability, he can be a dynamic dual-threat back. If he gets drafted before pick 65, he’ll be the highest drafted player in FAU history.

Jovon Durante – WR

Durante’s stock has been fluctuating to say the least. While he had a great 2018 season at FAU – 65 receptions for 873 yards – and performed well at the NFL Scouting Combine, scouts see some discrepancies in his evaluation.

His 5-11, 160-pound stature is small for an outside receiver, especially against NFL corners that are regularly above 200 pounds. However, NFL.com gave Durante a prospect grade of 4.90, meaning they believe he deserves a shot at training camp. Durante’s agility, athleticism and ability to play in the slot could come in handy for any NFL team, so he could be a late-round pick.

Kerrith Whyte Jr. – RB

There wasn’t much attention on Whyte early in the draft process but that’s changed now. After not getting invited to the combine, Whyte showed out at FAU’s Pro Day. His incredible workout included a 4.37 40-yard dash and 42-inch vertical jump. While Whyte was projected as an undrafted free agent before Pro Day, he’s now considered a late-round sleeper by many scouts who were blown away by his athletic explosiveness.

Back in March, Whyte had an official visit with the Los Angeles Rams, where he would play behind Rams’ starter Todd Gurley. The Rams would be a great landing spot for Whyte, especially since they have a offensive-minded head coach in Sean McVay. Here’s NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein’s breakdown of Whyte: “he can stick and go with excellent burst and is physical by nature, he has complementary back size and lacks consistent third down skill, but his speed could make him a developmental backup and starting kick returner.”

Azeez Al-Shaair – LB

It’s been a tough year for FAU’s all-time leading tackler, Azeez Al-Shaair.

Al-Shaair is still recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered during the 2018 season, and his draft stock likely took a hit as a result. He’ll probably sign as an undrafted free agent, but could sneak into the late rounds given how successful he was before the injury.

While his senior season didn’t go as planned, Al-Shaair is going to have to prove teams that he can be as dominant as he was before the injury. Al-Shaair attended the combine and got to interview with teams who are interested in him.

Andrew Soroh – SS/LB

There is a possibility that Andrew Soroh will be the first FAU defender chosen in this draft. Soroh could be a sneaky late-round pick for a team that values the versatility and physicality he brings to the game. If he’s not selected in the draft, though, he will be a coveted undrafted free agent.

Last year, he recorded 57 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks. He’s reliable as a run-stuffer, in coverage and on special teams.

Zachary Weinberger is a staff writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @ZachWeinberger