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Packers Select Wide Receiver DeAngelo Yancey in 2017 NFL Draft, Round Five

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Packers Select Wide Receiver DeAngelo Yancey in 2017 NFL Draft, Round Five

With their fifth-round pick (127 overall) in the 2017 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select DeAngelo Yancey, WR, Purdue

6'2" 220 lbs, 4.48 40-yard dash (pro day), 6.84 3-cone, 35.5" vertical, 21 bench press 
An under the radar player who still pitched in 951 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. Piled that up on just 49 catches, so big-play potential is there and Yancey comes in with above average size and speed, with impressive short-area quickness. Averaged 19.4 yards per reception as a senior, but caught less than 50 percent of targeted passes. Played on a poor team in Purdue the past few seasons and played a flashy part in their brief successes. Boilermakers won just 9 games during Yancey's tenure; he was without a doubt one of team's few bright spots. 
Similar size and fight to James Jones; able to high point 50/50 balls. Doesn't have the route polish that Jones did and will grow as a receiver to have much use underneath. 
Had big games against Big Ten foes Wisconsin (6 rec, 155 yds, 2 TDs), Minnesota (4 rec, 126 yds, 1 TD) and Nebraska (4 rec, 100 yds, 2 TDs). Against Iowa, Yancey burned Desmond King deep on a 54-yard touchdown. 
NFL.COM:  Four year letterman who has relied on quantity for his production totals. Yancey is a stiff-hipped vertical receiver only with good size but below average hands. A team could sniff around on him on Day 3, but he will struggle to uncover against NFL man coverage.
Yancey possesses natural traits and the areas where he needs to improve — namely route-running — are correctable. With a frame similar to James Jones, he has even better top-speed than the former Packer. Perhaps his greatest strength comes in tracking deep balls. Has reputation as being tight-hipped, and he hasn’t been much of a threat underneath. Yancey’s size, speed and natural downfield ability make him a receiver worth molding for the Packers. 
So far not a consistent pass catcher; more of a straight-line deep threat. Will be a project to mold into complete receiver, but innate physical tools give Packers a straight line deep threat to complement Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis. Green Bay continues weekend trend of drafting size, speed and strength. 

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Since '61's picture

Not exactly the speed demon that I was hoping for.
Time for a C/G OL then maybe an ILB or another edge rusher in the 6th and/or another DB or WR in the 7th. At this point using a dart board to make the picks works as well as any science that might be applied to the process. Thanks, Since '61

dobber's picture

Picked up an extra 7th when they moved down to pick Yancey.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Size/Speed is fine. Its the hands and route running that's really poor. I'm not sure I have ever seen a guy improve a lot on either of these things when moving to the pros. I hope they know what they are doing. I'd rather give Campen a Size/Speed project than Getsy.

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DesertPackFan's picture

He's basically the same size and speed as Jordy. How has white lightning been in the NFL?

Yancey need to work on his his hands and route running.

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DesertPackFan's picture

You said he's not the speed demon you wanted. I pointed out his size and speed being the same as Jordy. You didn't say anything else. Just he's not speed demom. Most considered Jordy stiff when he was drafted.

Like I said, he should be better than Davis. If he bumps Davis off the roster I'm happy. Whether he'll become an NFL WR is a different matter altogether.

Hell its a 5th/6th rd pick, if he becomes a ST demon like Janis that's a productive pick.

fthisJack's picture

he went back and read the full scouting report and picked up on the "stiff" hips. you know he will find the negative on everyone just to complain.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

Jordy has great hands and runs excellent routes. He has great feet. None of these statements apply to Yancey.

Don't get me wrong. He's a Packer now and I'll root for him, even if he's a slower Jeff Janis.

croatpackfan's picture

Despite I like Jordy very much, I have to remind lot of you that Jordy needed 2-3 years to blossom...

fthisJack's picture

yes...lots of guys need a few years to blossom but some posters on here are ready to call bust after their first year if they aren't Hall of Famers. actually even the day they are drafted before they get into training camp....haha.

HankScorpio's picture

With Yancey, the combine says he is slow. The 19 ypc on the field says he has plenty of speed. The days ahead will reveal which one of those 2 is telling the real story.

marpag1's picture

Regardless of what we might think about him otherwise, I'd say Ted Thompson has earned a pretty fair amount of latitude when it comes to picking little-known receivers that most arm-chair GMs didn't know about.

Let's see what the kid's got....

fthisJack's picture

like Geronimo....who would have thunk he would produce a little in his first year when many were skeptical about picking him.

4thand1's picture

Donald Driver was drafted in the 7th round, how'd that work out?

Nick Perry's picture

How has any WR outside of the 3rd worked out for Ted? DD was the man but Ted didn't draft him. It only FEELS like he's been here that long.

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zoellner25's picture

I love all the fat white guys calling 4.48 slow

dobber's picture

I would love to run the 40 in 4.48 minutes.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

TT's record at drafting WRs in the 4th round or later actually kind of sucks:

Craig Bragg 6th
Corey Rodgers 4th
David Clowney 5th
Brett Swain 7th
Kevin Dorsey 7th
Charles Johnson 7th
Jeff Janis 7th
Abbrederis 5th (jury is out still)
Trevor Davis 5th (jury is out still)

Maybe Yancey reverses this pattern, but Yancey looks like a UDFA quality player to me. Hmm, TT might be better with UDFA WRs than day 3 drafted ones - Boykin had a good season and Allison has showed up a bit.

dobber's picture

Four of those 9 are still in the league. Some have argued that once you get past round 5, there's not much difference between the players picked in 6 and 7 and priority FAs. Pretty much just preference. Still, Yancey was taken in round 5 with several edge players with potential still up there. That's my primary beef. The question I have is: what did they see in him that put him up that high?

PatrickGB's picture

I did not read about too many edge rushers worth a pick that far into the 5th round. But then maybe there were. Aaron does not need a great WR just a few good ones who can run routes, get open and catch the ball. Also, quickness can be more important than speed. I do not see that from him from the reports. But maybe the Packers scouts did.

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