The Buffalo Bills selected former Owls running back Devin Singletary with the 10th pick of the third round in the NFL Draft, making him the eighth player in FAU history to be selected.
“It shows that the program is growing, and it definitely shows that we got some great talent coming out of FAU, coming into FAU,” Singletary said.
Even though he played his high school and college ball in sunny South Florida, Singletary has little trepidation about playing in the cold.
“It’s all a mindset, to be honest,” Singletary said. “I’ll be out there with no sleeves on. Have the Vaseline on and I’ll be good to go.”
Singletary joins a loaded Buffalo backfield that includes Lesean McCoy, Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon. He’ll likely be a change-of-pace option behind McCoy and Gore initially, taking the reins of the backfield shortly after.
The Bills have a storied history of great lead backs, from O.J. Simpson to Fred Jackson and McCoy. Singletary’s aware of the legends before him and is ready to follow in their footsteps.
“That would be great, to see how I would turn out, because I’m trying to be great as well,” Singletary said.
At pick No. 74, Singletary is the third-highest FAU draft pick ever (cornerback D’Joun Smith was selected 65th by the Colts in 2017; tight end Rob Housler went No. 69 to the Cardinals in 2011).
Singletary led the nation in rushing touchdowns (32) and points scored in 2017. His final season was special as well, with ‘Motor’ amassing 1,348 rushing yards and 22 scores.
In only three seasons, Singletary became FAU’s all-time leader in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. His 51 rushing scores are 21 more than the No. 2 player on the list, Alfred Morris.
Despite his huge statistical production, Singletary’s testing times (4.66 40-yard dash, 7.32 three-cone, 4.4 20-yard shuttle) and measurables (5-7 ½, 203 pounds) held his draft stock back.
Singletary says teams should trust the tape rather than his workouts, though.
“If you watch the tape, you can see that I can play football, that I’m a game-changer,” Singletary said. “So, I definitely feel like that separates me a lot.”
Singletary was FAU’s first ever early-entrant to the draft; teammates Jovon Durante and Kerrith Whyte did the same shortly after.
Durante, Whyte and other former FAU players hope to hear their names called by the end of the draft like Singletary. They’ll get a chance to do so on Saturday, where Rounds 4-7 will be selected.