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'Why Devon Achane?'

Height & Weight 

5'8 -- 188lbs

 

Ascension grade 

Starting caliber rusher

54.36 -- #6 RB 

 

High-end traits (80th percentile & up)

Capabilities as an accelerator

Top-end speed 

Low-end traits (30th percentile & down)

Schematic versatility 

Stylistic comparison

Raheem Mostert meshed with Phillip Lindsay

Projected role comparison

High-efficiency secondary rusher (Raheem Mostert)

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Enjoy watching the fluidity and ease of his stride cadence - this is where you can tell he has the qualities of a classically trained sprinter. 

Covers a ton of ground and is efficient in weaving in & out of engagements past the second level.

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Like Raheem Mostert he has high-caliber play speed & is a danger to take it to the house on any touch, from anywhere on the field. 

He'll be a primary kick returner from day one.

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Achane doesn't get much credit for his capabilities as a receiver, however, he does have a broad enough skillset here to make an NFL impact. 

Have to know where he is as an outlet option due to how quickly he can create chunk gains.

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Should mostly be used on non-timing-based patterns - does show he can adjust to the football down the field, and obviously, his speed is a mismatch for backers. 

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His capabilities as an accelerator combined with his physicality as a ball carrier make him a surprisingly tough assignment for a sub 190lb back. 

 

Enjoy watching him re-direct defenders and create space for himself when he gets to the second level. 

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Can stumble when contact is in-direct - not a broad toolbox, but enough to create yardage post-contact. 

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Again, brings a 'fight' for a smaller back which is why I think he is viable as a between the tackles option at the next level. 

Drops pad level well, and makes the defender earn it. 

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Has a tendency to burrow in singular engagements, which means a defender has to match Achane's depth - difficult to do with how quickly he gets up to speed.

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Achane's best quality as a rusher is how decisive & direct he is. 

Can chain his jump cuts together with ease and covers impressive ground in doing so. Fits zone-blocking schemes well because of this. 

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Not going to break anyone down in open space laterally, but will get north & south to let his capabilities as an accelerator take over. 

Simple, but effective as a lateral mover. 

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Achane is a smarter player than often given credit for. He's not just a track athlete, playing football. He is a legitimate running back prospect with upper-tier movement capabilities in terms of efficiency. 

Unlikely to be a twenty-carry-per-game guy, but with his skillset, he can be a highly effective option. 

Expectations & range of outcomes

Early on in his career, I anticipate a minor offensive role for Achane, with more opportunity as a primary kick returner. His lack of size may scare teams away from giving him significant touches, however if he gets into a  scheme that deploys a variety of wide zone runs, we could see that role grow with efficiency. 

Ultimately, Achane is likely to be a better real-life asset than one who contributes in fantasy - his ceiling is a Raheem Mostert-caliber rusher with inconsistency in terms of usage as a pass catcher. With Achane unlikely to see low red-zone looks, he will be dependent on sound offensive scheme and line play.

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