De'Von Achane

De'Von Achane

22-Year-Old Running BackRB
Miami Dolphins
2024 Fantasy Outlook
The list of prospects comparable to Achane basically doesn't exist. At 5-9, 188, Achane's frame mostly puts him on a list with prospects that were dominant in college but never found NFL success (Garrett Wolfe, Noel Devine, Dri Archer, etc.). The difference between Achane and those other small runners is that he's probably the fastest NFL running back since Chris Johnson, with a 4.32 40 time perhaps even understanding how quick Achane looks on an NFL field. The fears surrounding the 2023 third-round pick were emphatically and comically put to rest Week 3 last year when he had 233 total yards and four TDs in a 70-20 win over Denver. Achane is a natural runner who thrives between the tackles despite his tiny frame, because his instincts and stride make him highly effective at cutting through traffic. While many former track athletes have unwieldy strides that make it difficult to harness their explosiveness, Achane has no such issues and averaged 7.8 YPC on 103 carries last season. The limitation with Achane is obvious: his tiny frame doesn't stop him from being effective but might prevent him from being durable or handling large workloads. He missed five games and most of a sixth due to injury last season, and the Dolphins might prefer to keep him around 12 carries per game rather than utilizing him as a workhorse. A rotation with Raheem Mostert and maybe even rookie Jaylen Wright is all but assured, likely leaving Achane with some lean weeks when he doesn't score a TD or break off any long runs. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $5.44 million contract with the Dolphins in May of 2023.
Wants more looks in passing game
RBMiami Dolphins
June 17, 2024
Achane has prioritized improving his route running this offseason and could earn more opportunities to line up out wide in Year 2, David Furones of the Sun Sentinel reports.
ANALYSIS
Achane said during June mandatory minicamp he's been "lining up at different positions, as far as like receiver, running routes and stuff," calling those drills "something that we're doing different this year." The second-year pro, who logged record-breaking efficiency during his rookie season, said that in addition to becoming a more versatile pass catcher, his priority this offseason has been adding muscle in order to better avoid injury. Achane will have to compete with position mates Raheem Mostert and rookie Jaylen Wright for touches during the 2024 campaign, so it would be encouraging to see him develop into a capable enough receiver to catch passes out wide, rather than only out of the backfield. Despite the Dolphins looking primed to deploy a backfield committee, Achane's explosiveness and big-play ability make it easy to project a high fantasy ceiling in 2024. If he's indeed able to improve his versatility and durability this offseason, that could also give him a more consistent floor.
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How do De'Von Achane's 2023 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
18.4%
 
Positive Run %
84.5%
 
% Yds After Contact
45.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.5
 
Rushing TD %
7.8%
 
Touches Per Game
11.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
45.5%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.05
 
% Team Air Yards
0.4%
 
% Team Targets
6.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
73.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.6
 
% Targeted On Route
22.4%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.19
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do De'Von Achane's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 9"
 
Weight
188 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.32 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.0 in
 
Hand Length
8.50 in
 
Arm Length
29.00 in
 
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
If the severely undersized Achane succeeds as a running back in the NFL then he will be the first of his type since 1997, when Warrick Dunn, at all of 176 pounds, somehow thrived as a starter. Those are long odds -- there have been other small, fast running backs since Dunn, but almost all disappointed. Then again, none of those backs was quite like Dunn, or Achane. At 5-9, 185, Achane ran a 4.32 40 at the combine, and his 100 meter times as a track athlete at Texas A&M -- similar to Tyreek Hill's times -- lend credence to the idea that his playing speed is even faster. A third-round pick, Achane isn't likely to take on huge workloads, but he reportedly was up to 192 pounds by May and planning to add more. Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson have workload limitations of their own, so Achane could get a consistent dose of jet sweeps and outside runs with pre-snap motion to get him in space and put his speed to use.
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Adds muscle in offseason
RBMiami Dolphins
May 29, 2024
Head coach Mike McDaniel said Tuesday that Achane has made "some strength gains" and improved his understanding of Miami's offense, Andre Fernandez of The Miami Herald reports.
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Joined by rookie in RB room
RBMiami Dolphins
May 8, 2024
Achane and Raheem Mostert gained some competition for snaps via the additon of rookie Jaylen Wright in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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Bulks up during offseason
RBMiami Dolphins
April 17, 2024
Achane appears to have added muscle to his frame through his workouts earlier this offseason, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.
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Inefficient in season-ending defeat
RBMiami Dolphins
January 13, 2024
Achane rushed six times for nine yards and secured three of six targets for 21 yards in the Dolphins' 26-7 wild-card loss to the Chiefs on Saturday night.
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Cleared for wild-card game
RBMiami Dolphins
January 11, 2024
Achane (toe/ribs) doesn't have an injury designation for Saturday's wild-card game against the Chiefs, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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Ready for stardom in '24?
RBMiami Dolphins
June 21, 2024
Achane is poised to enjoy a true breakout season in 2024, Bucky Brooks of NFL.com opines.
ANALYSIS
Brooks rightly points out Achane would have already enjoyed a full breakout season as a rookie in 2023 had injuries not helped limit the explosive running back to 11 regular-season games. However, assuming full health in 2024, Brooks envisions Achane boosting his averages of 90.6 scrimmage yards and one touchdown per game a year ago as his role expands and head coach Mike McDaniel implements innovations he likely conjured up with Achane's skill set in mind this offseason.
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