Who are the names to know in the world of IDP devy? Let’s take a look at some of my early standouts!
Well, college football is officially underway and almost everyone is playing or will be. In this article, I want to take a look at some of the IDP Devy names you need to know. We all know the big-name stars are and I’ll cover them as well, but I want to look at some lesser-known names that should definitely be on our radars. Sometimes these unknowns become the next big stars. Let’s take a look at a few names that have stood out to me early this season.
DE Victor Dimukeje, Duke Blue Devils
All the attention mainly gets focused on DE, Chris Rumph III, and rightfully so. He’s a legit top 25 prospect. However, his bookend mate Victor Dimukeje, one of the names to know. The Blue Devils have played three games so far and Dimukeje is currently leading the NCAA in sacks with four. Dimukeje now has 18 sacks on his career and has improved from season to season. He has a good burst off the snap, with the speed and bend, to quickly beat offensive tackles. If the senior DE continues to play this way, he’s definitely a name to know. He’ll see his name fly up draft boards.
ILB, Tavante Beckett, Marshall Thundering Herd
The next name to know is Tavante Beckett. For an undersized (5’10”/210) linebacker, he has a game that is anything but that. Last year he recorded a team-leading 122 tackles, which led CUSA and the senior is off to a great start this year. Recording 24 tackles through the first two games. Beckett’s two best skills are his play recognition and his fast style of play. While he does play aggressively you can easily see that he does so with a calculated approach. Another great season this year will garner him attention from NFL scouts and a combine invite.
DE, Rashad Weaver, Pitt Panthers
Everyone wondered who would be the next man up and try to fill the shoes of star Jalen Twyman. Twyman opted out of this season to prepare for the 2021 NFL draft. Well, Weaver has been that guy. He’s playing so well that they haven’t even missed Twyman. Through the first two games this season, Weaver is 2nd in the nation in both tackles for a loss (5.5) and sacks (3.5), and also has 11 tackles. Just like Dimukeje above, Weaver is a senior who also will see his name begin to shoot up draft boards with elite play.
OLB, Deandre Johnson, Tennessee Volunteers
After losing Darrell Taylor, there was concern in Knoxville as to who would provide the pass rush. Expecting it to be a committee approach – it seems Deandre Johnson is more than up to the task. In his first career start on Saturday, he harassed the South Carolina Gamecocks all night and recorded 2.5 sacks. He had that many all of last season which was his season-best. He’s been buried on the depth chart and had to wait for his turn. In his first start, he looked the part of a quality pass rusher.
CB, Shemar Jean-Charles, App State Mountaineers
Anyone that follows App State knows that they have a good defense and have produced some NFL prospects lately. They also know that star CB Shaun Jolly is the next in line to head to the pros, however, his counterpart, senior Shemar Jean-Charles, is making his name known. While most teams avoid Jolly, it’s been Jean-Charles who has been getting targeted and balling out. Through the three games this year, he’s notched 14 tackles and leads the nation in pass breakups with eight. Scouts will love his willingness to tackle in the run game.
DE, Myles Murphy, Clemson Tigers
With all the five star recruits that come in and quickly turn into college studs, it’s easy to lose a few in the shuffle. When you routinely churn out NFL defensive line prospects like Clemon has been doing lately it’s hard to keep track. One name to know for sure is Myles Murphy. Tall, long, and powerful. He has all the tools of a star pass rusher. Through the Tiger’s first two games, Murphy has been a monster. He’s leading the team in tackles (nine), tackles for a loss (five), and sacks (two).
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