Chicago Bears Draft: 5 receivers to replace Taylor Gabriel

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Texas Longhorns, Devin Duvernay
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5. Devin Duvernay | Texas

Devin Duvernay may not be getting the publicity that his cousin, Kyler Murray received last year, but rest assured, the Texas Longhorn product is ready to make a name for himself. Standing at just 5-foot-11, Duvernay flashes elite speed on tape and backed that up this week in Indianapolis by running a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Duvernay isn’t your typical, lanky, long-striding speed threat. Instead, Duvernay is a stocky athlete with a muscular lower-half. The former high school track star displays his speed over distance, rather than in tight areas, and flashes a physicalness to his game that most wouldn’t expect from a player of his stature. Personally, I think Duvernay was underdeveloped and underutilized during his time in Austin. Given he’s a player with great mitts and a top-tier athletic profile, I look at Duvernay as a “ball of clay,” just looking to be molded by the right offensive-minded coach.

Overall, I could see Devin Duvernay transitioning well into the Bears offense in his rookie season as primarily a deep-threat while learning the intricacies of Matt Nagy’s offensive scheme. In my opinion, Duvernay could be had on day 3 of the draft for Ryan Pace & Co.