Seth DeValve

Seth DeValve
No. 87Cleveland Browns
Position: Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-01-29) January 29, 1993
Place of birth: Manchester, Connecticut
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Manchester (CT)
College: Princeton
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 4 / Pick: 138
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2016
Receptions: 2
Receiving yards: 30
Receiving touchdowns: 1
Player stats at

Seth Nicolas DeValve (born January 29, 1993) is an American football tight end for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Browns in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft.[1] He played college football at Princeton.

Early years

Seth Nicolas DeValve was born on January 29, 1993 in Manchester, Connecticut, to Tim and Laurie DeValve. His father is an engineer and former long-distance runner at Connecticut.[2] He has three older brothers:[3] Caleb, Levi and Jacob. His brother Jacob ran the decathlon at Liberty University.[4] DeValve started playing football in fourth grade.[2] Through elementary and middle school years, he played three sports — football in the fall, basketball in the winter, and track in the spring.[2]

He went on to attend Manchester High School. While at Manchester, he played football as well as ran track & field. He was a two-time All-conference selection as a quarterback and All-conference selection at free safety.[2] For his career, he passed for 4,650 yards and 37 touchdowns.[2] He rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns.[2] On defense, he recorded nine interceptions.[2] He was also a two-time captain on the football team. He also received the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame award.[2]

While running track, DeValve was a state qualifier in the high jump and shot put. He also competed in sprint and distance events. He was a National Guard Scholar-Athlete and Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC). As a junior he was an All-state selection. He lettered and served as a team captain as a senior.

College career

After graduation from Manchester High School, DeValve began attending Princeton University, where he majored in mechanical engineering.[3] As a freshman, in 2011, he saw limited playing time as a wide receiver. He recorded one reception for 10-yards against Cornell. He also carried the ball three times and returned one punt. In 2012, he recorded 20 pass receptions for 219 yards while appearing in all 10 games. He recorded a 20-yard touchdown pass in a win over Harvard, the touchdown was the first in his career. He had a season-best four receptions against both Penn and Yale, as well as a season-high 70-yards against Yale.

In 2013, DeValve ranked in the Top 50 nationally in receptions (5.4) and the Top 100 in receiving yards (58.6). Both totals ranked among the Top 10 in the Ivy League. For the season, he recorded 49 receptions for 527 yards and four touchdowns. He caught touchdown passes in three straight wins, against Harvard, Cornell and Penn. He recorded career highs in both receptions (nine) and receiving yards (115) in the Tigers season finale against Dartmouth. He helped Princeton break Ivy League records in both scoring offense (43.7) and total offense (511.6). Princeton would go to win their 10th Ivy League championship in the school's history, their first since 2006. The Tigers would record five 50-point games during an eight-game win streak. The team had scored 50 points only four times in previous 467 games. In 2014, he appeared in only two games due to injuries, those being open Epiphyseal plates in both his feet.[3] He recorded nine receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown against San Diego and 10 receptions for 120 yards against Brown. For the season, he averaged 121.5 yards per game and 12.8 yards per reception.

In 2015, DeValve, despite two injuries that cost him the better part of four games, he still recorded 33 receptions for 337 yards and a touchdown. He suffered his first injury midway through week 2 against Lehigh. He missed the next three games and appeared in one series in week 6 against Harvard before another injury kept him out until week 8. In his final game as a Princeton Tiger, he recorded nine receptions for 110 yards against Dartmouth. For the season he recorded 33 receptions for 337 yards and one touchdown. At Princeton's 2015 banquet, he earned the Ronald A. Rogerson Award for Spirit and Inspiration.[1][2]

DeValve finished his career ranked 10th all-time at Princeton in receptions (122) and 13th in receiving yards (1,336).

College statistics

Princeton career statistics
Season Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Rec Yards Avg TD Long Att Yards Avg Long TD Fum Lost
2011 Princeton 4 -- 1 10 10.0 0 10 3 -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 Princeton 10 -- 20 219 10.9 1 25 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 Princeton 9 -- 49 527 10.8 4 30 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 Princeton 2 -- 19 243 12.8 1 31 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Princeton 5 -- 33 337 10.2 1 40 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Career[5] 30 -- 122 1,336 11.0 7 31 3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 244 lb 4.68 s 1.54 s 2.75 s 4.18 s 6.96 s 40 in 10 ft 5 in 22 reps
All values from Princeton Pro Day[6]

DeValve was selected in the fourth round (138th overall) in the 2016 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns.[1] He is the highest drafted Princeton football player in the modern-draft era.[1][5] Although DeValve was listed as a wide receiver in college, the Browns list him as a tight end.[1][7] On May 31, he signed a four-year contract worth about $2.5 million, which included a signing bonus worth about $383,000.[8] On July 25, he was placed on the Active/Physically unable to perform (PUP) list.[9] He returned to active status on August 9.[10] DeValve scored his first career touchdown on November 10 in a game against the Baltimore Ravens, on a 25 yard pass from Cody Kessler.

Personal life

For one semester in college, DeValve worked in risk management at NRG Energy.


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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Maher, Kyle (December 23, 2015). "Student of the Game". Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  3. 1 2 3 Conner, Desmond (May 3, 2016). "Seth DeValve: From Manchester High To Princeton To The NFL". Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  4. "Player Information Jacob DeValve". Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  5. 1 2 "Seth DeValve Drafted By Browns, Becomes Tigers' Highest Pick Of Modern Era". April 30, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  6. "Seth DeValve, DS #47 TE, Princeton". Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  7. Florjancic, Matthew (July 20, 2016). "Cleveland Browns' Seth DeValve anxious to transition to tight end". WKYC. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  8. Ulrich, Nat (June 1, 2016). "Browns sign fourth-round draft picks Ricardo Louis, Seth DeValve". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  9. Ruiter, Daryl (July 27, 2016). "Josh Gordon Reports To Browns With Quadriceps Injury, Out A Few Weeks; Joe Haden Placed On PUP". Retrieved August 28, 2016; Grove, Hayden (July 26, 2016). "Josh Gordon, Joe Haden and two other Browns were placed on injury lists Tuesday". Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  10. Ulrich, Nate (August 10, 2016). "Browns training camp snapshot (Day 11): Rookie tight end Seth DeValve returns to practice". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
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