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  

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

MEASURABLES / COMBINE: 
 
6'2" 220 lbs, 4.48 40-yard dash (pro day), 6.84 3-cone, 35.5" vertical, 21 bench press 
 
CAREER NOTES: 
 
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. 
 
 
SCOUTING REPORT:
 
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.
 
COMMENTARY:
 
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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stockholder's picture

April 29, 2017 at 02:48 pm

Wasted pick. To late for a Wr. Should have picked another RB or turned the attention to the OL.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

April 29, 2017 at 02:54 pm

They probably could have gotten his guy later since they like him for some reason.

He looks like a poor man's Plaxico Burress against all of the 5' 9" college CBs. But he's 6' 2" not 6' 5" so I am dubious he's going to look like that against pro CBs.

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dobber's picture

April 29, 2017 at 02:54 pm

You wonder what they see in him. Average speed. Good size. Iffy hands. Head-scratcher at this point.

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Nick Perry's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:47 pm

With Bucky Hodges still on the board why not take him? Christ use him as a 6'6" WR....

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fthisJack's picture

April 29, 2017 at 07:40 pm

or Jake Butt!

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Nick Suchecki's picture

April 29, 2017 at 02:52 pm

Just picked another RB. Don't mind the pick, seems like he could turn into a big play threat with some improvement on route running.

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stockholder's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:12 pm

TT won't have to worry about some team raiding his practice squad with these picks. I just don't see why he couldn't use these picks in trades .( get the BPA at this point.)

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April 29, 2017 at 02:56 pm

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

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dobber's picture

April 29, 2017 at 02:57 pm

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

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April 29, 2017 at 02:59 pm

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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Tundraboy's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:06 pm

Yay

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HankScorpio's picture

April 29, 2017 at 07:47 pm

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.

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al bundy's picture

April 29, 2017 at 02:57 pm

Ted may need to low ball any work or Janis stis is a scare pick heck you could find this level of talent in free agency

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marpag1's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:20 pm

LOL. Put down the bottle and sleep it off, dude.

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dobber's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:46 pm

It was only 4pm...he's just getting his second wind.

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4thand1's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:33 pm

You drink out of your shoe and the toe jam has infected your brain.

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marpag1's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:18 pm

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....

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fthisJack's picture

April 29, 2017 at 07:52 pm

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

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4thand1's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:30 pm

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

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Nick Perry's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:43 pm

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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fthisJack's picture

April 29, 2017 at 07:53 pm

Allison?

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zoellner25's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:40 pm

I love all the fat white guys calling 4.48 slow

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dobber's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:45 pm

I would love to run the 40 in 4.48 minutes.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 30, 2017 at 04:41 am

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.

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dobber's picture

April 30, 2017 at 06:39 am

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?

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PatrickGB's picture

May 01, 2017 at 10:02 pm

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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