Devon Achane 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Averaged 11.3 yards per carry on 185 attempts in high school
- Named 2020 Orange Bowl MVP as a true freshman
- Extensive background in track and field and is currently on the team at Texas A&M
- Scheme tendencies: Zone run scheme, spread passing
- 2022 projected role: Starting running back
Pros: Devon Achane is a compact, shifty, and explosive running back that is a threat to take it the distance on any play. He features elite top-end speed and acceleration that makes it difficult for defenders to get a pursuit angle that would allow them to arrive squared up and in a good position to make a tackle. Achane features lightning-fast stop/start ability that enables him to quickly change directions and explode up the field. Achane forces his share of missed tackles in space with his shiftiness and acceleration. He offers an appealing skill set as a receiving threat out of the backfield that is a difficult cover for any linebacker. Achane showcases confident hands and elusive route-running skills. He is a creative runner that mostly demonstrates good vision, discipline, and patience. He does well to remain balanced while stringing together moves and he knows when to square up and get downhill. Achane returned nine kicks in 2021 for an average of 34.2 yards with one touchdown. He’s a big play waiting to happen. He has done well to this point with ball security.
Cons: Devon Achane is a smaller back that is missing the power components of the position in terms of moving piles, short-yardage, and winning with power through contact. He has not proven to be an effective pass blocker and is often reluctant to do more than throw a shoulder at rushers. Achane is a potent receiving threat but he’s only caught 29 passes through his first two seasons. At the next level, his ability to contribute as a pass-catcher will be critical to him claiming a prominent role in the offense, so more volume as a receiver would be ideal to see moving forward.
Devon Achane NFL Draft Scouting Report by Joe Marino