Since leaving WVU, Noel Devine has made stops in the NFL (briefly), UFL and CFL. He has spent the past two seasons playing for the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. His contract expired, and he his now a free-agent. He wants to try to fulfill his dream once again of playing in the NFL.
On Friday, WVU held its annual pro day in Morgantown that showcases the players trying to earn a spot on an NFL team’s draft board. The event also allows older players still trying to earn an NFL contract to participate. In the past two years, Will Johnson and Pat White have used this event as a platform to garner training camp invites. Although White was released by the Redskins after Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season, Johnson is a mainstay in the Pittsburgh Steelers backfield.
This year, one of Mountaineer fan’s all-time favorites returned — and nearly stole the show. Noel Devine has spent the past three seasons playing football in the CFL. For the last two, he has played with the Montreal Alouettes as a slotback. That position is a halfback/slot receiver hybrid position similar to the roles that NFL players like Darren Sproles and Tavon Austin play.
In his time playing for the Alouettes, Devine has become used to running routes as well as coming out of the backfield. He has also been one of the league’s top kick returners. He is hoping his experience and the way NFL offenses have subtly changed will allow him to fulfill his dream of playing on Sundays.
Because he is a free-agent, he can sign with a team anytime and doesn’t have to wait until the NFL Draft in May.
He came out an ran two blistering 40-yard dash times and put up 26 reps in the bench press (that would have ranked him #3 among RBs at the 2014 NFL Combine). He ran the 40 twice. Although times were unofficial, he ran anywhere from a 4.25 to a 4.30 both times. At this year’s combine, the only RB participant who could have kept up with him was Kent State’s Dri Archer.
“I was happy and blessed to have a second opportunity to get out on the field in front of scouts and showcase my talents,” Devine said. “I put up good numbers and did the best that I could.”
Now he will wait and see if he caught someone’s eye enough to realize his dream.