2022 Devy QBs with Sneaky Good Value

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Who are some 2022 Devy Quarterbacks with sneaky good value? Let’s find out!

Devy (developmental) leagues are about finding players who will increase in perceived value by obtaining draft capital. Acquiring NFL starting QB’s in Devy drafts is not common. Cork Gaines and Tyler Lauletta wrote an article earlier this year highlighting the last 34 QBs taken in the first round of the NFL draft, and where they are now. You can check that out here: Where are they now? Last 34 QBs taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.

The players below may not become NFL starters, but they have the talent and capability to improve their draft status over the next season and become valuable assets on your fantasy squad.

*Order based on Heisman odds*

5. Nick Starkel, San Jose State

Heisman odds: +25,000 via Fanduel.
Recruiting trail: 3-star rated; 8 offers, including Texas A&M (signed), Oklahoma State, and UCLA.

2017Texas A&M7205123601793146150.2
2018Texas A&M4221568.216910147.7
2020San Jose St.825416364.22174177152.6

“Longshot.” Starkel has been around the block. He signed with Texas A&M, then transferred to Arkansas, and is now in his second season with San Jose State. Starkel helped the Spartans win the Mountain West Conference last season, going 6-0 in conference play. His arm mechanics are smooth and he has nice accuracy.

Starkel really shines in the mid-range, even outside the numbers. He doesn’t lack arm strength, but his deep ball needs some work. Starkel will have to compete with the likes of Dustin Crum and Carson Strong, among other talented QB’s from “The Group of Five” schools, but he has the pedigree to do so.

4. Bo Nix, Auburn

Heisman odds: +10,000  via Fanduel
Recruiting trail: 5-star rated; 18 offers including Alabama, Clemson, and Florida.

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“Mr. 5-Star.” Nix is a terrific athlete who has a very good arm with solid mechanics, but the success has been obviously inconsistent. Watching his film, it’s clear he is trying to do too much and forces throws or takes unnecessary sacks. The transfer of TJ Finley could be a concern, but because Finley has four years of eligibility left, it will feel like a transitional phase once Nix moves on, instead of a replacement. Always bet on talent, and Nix has all of it, he just needs to string it together.

3. Dillion Gabriel, UCF

Heisman odds: +6,600 via Fanduel.                                                                                                                                                                    Recruiting trail: 3-star rated; 8 offers including Georgia and USC.

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“Draft ready.” Gabriel is already projected to be drafted in 2022, which is all the capital you need to grab him at his current price. He was a Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year in Hawaii in 2018, and one of the best pure arms in college football. Benjamin Solak wrote an article on Why Gabriel’s Arm Makes him a Future NFLer. As long as UCF keeps winning, his draft stock will continue to rise. The production speaks for itself and Gus Malzahn should keep him pushing the ball down the field.

2. Emory Jones, Florida

Heisman odds: +4,000 via Fanduel.                                                                                                                                                                    Recruiting trail: 4-star rated; 22 offers including Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, Ohio State, Georgia, and Miami.

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“Lamar Who?” There are only two reasons Emory Jones isn’t already on everyone’s lists – we don’t have a ton of film on him and he is perceived as a run-first QB. Jones may not be as electric as Lamar Jackson, but he is an elite ball carrier. It is not just his athleticism that makes him elite. Like most running quarterbacks as he also has vision, patience, and toughness.

I am not in love with his throwing motion, but he does have a quick release. Dan Mullens has expressed that he has more arm strength and throws a better deep ball than second rounder Kyle Trask. The sky is the limit for Jones.

1. D’Eriq King, Miami

Heisman odds: +1,600 via Fanduel.                                                                                                                                                               Recruiting trail: 3-star rated; 13 offers including Houston (signed), TCU, Baylor, California, and Clemson.

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2020Miami (Fla.)1132921164.12686235152.7
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2020Miami (FL)111305384.14

“King Small Hands.” King is coming off an ACL tear at the end of the 2020 season and is still being selected to the ACC pre-season third team. His value peaked in 2018 with a 50-touchdown season at Houston, which showed his capability. Miami  will most likely lose to Alabama week one, but they could easily win out the rest of the regular season.

If Miami sits at 11-1, and King has another 50 TD year, the hype train for King might get out of control. He is a good athlete, but the knock on him is his size — at only 5’9” — and his deep ball. Miami added transfer Charleston Rambo who will only increase King’s production.

Follow me on Twitter @JoeRoth88. Remember, always bet on talent over trends.

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