Every year college players go through the transfer portal looking for extra playing time and opportunity. Here I will cover which transfers have the best potential Devy return.
At idpguys.org we are diving into the Devy pool this year. When you get later in the Devy drafts it gets a little harder to find value that can instantly produce. One place you can look is at the high caliber transfers who leave top collegiate schools for extra playing time and opportunity. In this article I will cover the top Devy IDP transfers in the FBS. Lets take a look as some of these guys can be some nice late adds in your Devy drafts and can have some big time production.
Quincy Roche (Senior) DE – Transferred from Temple to Miami
Quincy Roche is coming off of a terrific year in the AAC with Temple. In 2019 he was the AAC Defensive Player of the Year racking up 49 tackles, 19 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks, 5 passes defended, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries. He joins the Miami Hurricanes and though he was the AAC Defensive Player of the Year, he is not even the best defensive end on the squad.
He teams up with sophomore Gregory Rousseau who just put up 54 tackles, 19.5 for a loss and 15.5 sacks in his red shirt freshman year. Roche transferred after his junior season and only has one season of availability left, but he is well worth the one season and will definitely go drafted in 2021. He will be requiring extra attention on his side of the line opening the door for instant production for Roche. The two form the best pass rush duo in the nation and could both be 12 plus sack candidates.
Jabril Cox (Senior) LB – Transferred from North Dakota St. to LSU
Jabril Cox was a terror on the FCS level for the Bisons. During his freshman year he received FCS All-American honors and then All-American honors for 2018 and 2019. He is super athletic with great range and is very good in coverage. Cox has sideline to sideline speed and good football IQ. He missed out on Division I school recruiting after an injury during his junior season in high school. Those Division I schools all missed out.
Over his last two seasons at North Dakota St. Cox produced 183 tackles, 19 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, 14 passes defended and 5 interceptions. He joins a LSU team that just lost Patrick Queen, Michael Divinity JR. and the SEC leader in tackles Jacob Phillips. Cox will come in and be an impact player for the Tigers and should be on any linebacker needy team’s radar. This makes him one of the top devy IDP transfers.
Antonio Alfano (Sophomore) DE – Transferred from Alabama to Colorado
Antonio Alfano has yet to play a collegiate football game. He originally committed and signed with Alabama only to transfer to Colorado where he received an indefinite suspension. Alfano was suspended for “violation of the team rules” when he missed several workouts and even his on-on-one meeting with coach Karl Dorrell. Alfano obviously has off the field issues but his talent level and potential is immense. The Buffaloes were ranked outside the top 50 in sacks as a team. For reference they had 24 team sacks and the #50 team (Wake Forest) had 31.
He carries a thick 275 lbs. frame with very little body fat. He has a tremendous first step and is super physical at the point of attack with terrific hand usage. If Alfano can see the field he will undoubtedly be the team leader in sacks. With the potential of three years of eligibility left, Alfano can be a huge asset for your devy squads. Alfano needs to get his off the field issues in order but if he makes the field, and stays on the field, he could be a late round steal. He has the potential to be #1 of the top devy IDP transfers.
Brenton Cox (Sophomore) DE – Transferred from Georgia to Florida
Breton Cox was highly recruited pout of high school and chose to commit and sign with the Georgia Bulldogs. Cox is just the latest of the top level edge rushers to transfer to Florida. Last season it was Jonathan Greenard who transferred from Louisville and produced 53 tackles, 16 for a loss and 10 sacks. Cox is coming into a very talented pass rush group but is likely to fill Greenard’s role. Including 2020 Cox has three more years of eligibility though if he produces like many think he can, he is likely gone after his junior season. Cox has easy 10 sack potential and is one of the top IDP devy transfers.
Other Notable Devy IDP Transfers
- William Bradley-King Defensive End (Senior) – Transferred from Arkansas St. to Baylor
- Otis Reese Safety (Junior) – Transferred from Georgia to Ole Miss
- Collin Clay Defensive End (Senior) -Transferred from Arkansas to Oklahoma St.
If you are looking for value late in your Devy drafts, checking out the transfer portal is a great place to find some. Every year guys fall under the radar because they are moving on from situations with less playing time. Many of these guys are leaving one power 5 conference team and landing on another. They are mostly looking for extra playing time to maximize their NFL value. Most do it for the tail of their collegiate career but there are some big names that will transfer early in there career after riding the pine, helping you get a couple of college years out of them. These few are the top Devy IDP transfers that can maximize their potential. Check out that transfer portal and grab some value.