|Born:||October 13, 2001 (age 21)|
Missouri City, Texas, U.S.
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school:||Thurgood Marshall (Missouri City)|
|College:||Texas A&M (2020–2022)|
|NFL Draft:||2023 / Round: 3 / Pick: 84|
|Miami Dolphins (2023–present)|
|Roster status:||Unsigned draft pick|
|Career highlights and awards|
|First-team All-SEC (2022)|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2023|
|Player stats at NFL.com|
Devon Achane (pronounced duh-vaughn A-chain) was the Houston Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year as a senior at Fort Bend Marshall High School before signing with A&M. He played in eight games as a reserve his first year at College Station (43-364-8.5, four TDs rushing; 5-97-19.4, one TD receiving), topping off the season by winning the Orange Bowl Most Outstanding Player award with 140 yards and two scores on the ground in the team’s win over North Carolina. Though Achane only started one of 12 games played in 2021, he led the FBS with 7.0 yards per carry and garnered the team’s Offensive Skill and Most Impactful Special Teams Player Awards (130-910, nine TDs rushing; 24-261-10.9, one TD receiving; 9-301-33.4, one TD kick returns). He missed two games with a foot injury in 2022 but still led the Aggies in rushing (196-1,102-5.6, eight TDs in 10 starts) and contributed as a receiver (36-196-5.4, three TDs) and kick returner (11-312-28.4, one TD) on his way to first-team All-SEC honors as a running back and all-purpose player. Achane ran indoor and outdoor track for Texas A&M and was part of an All-American 4×100-meter relay team in 2021 and won the 60-meter dash at the 2022 Don Kirby Open (6.63 seconds). — by Chad Reuter
Finding a player comparison for Achane is challenging because he has blazing speed and is fearless as an inside runner, but is very small by NFL standards. He has the creativity and burst to create chunk plays but durability concerns will likely limit the amount of carries a team is willing to give him. Achane can be a complementary slasher with the ability to mismatch coverage out of the backfield or from the slot. However, he’s simply too talented and explosive as a runner to be confined to gadget duty. History does not favor backs his size, but his playmaking potential could be too tough to pass up on Day 2 of the draft.
- Trusts his feet, allowing for additional calm early in the run.
- Runs hard between the tackles.
- Quick cuts across the grain can ruin linebacker reads.
- Puts together disappearing acts in tight quarters.
- Finds his own pathways if it’s not blocked for him.
- Sprinter’s speed to out-pace pursuit wide and hit long runs.
- Able to stack cuts without losing momentum.
- Can line up in the slot and beat coverage with routes.
- Muscular but small by NFL standards.
- Size and playing style could create durability concerns.
- Can be a little too patient at times.
- Will drop passes that are outside his frame.
- Willing but smallish to match up against linebackers in protection.
I absolutely LOVE this pick he adds more speed to a team that is already the fastest team in the NFL. He also can help out on special teams with that 4.32 speed!
Screens and draws should be his job in this offense as he is not a huge guy but he has a muscular build. RB’s take a ponuding more than any player so I do not see him as a “Bell Cow” RB that is why he will have a specific role in Mike McDaniel’s offense