Packers Select WR DeAngelo Yancey in Fifth Round
We’ve described wide receiver as a “sneaky need” for the Packers, and Ted Thompson and company have addressed that need with DeAngelo Yancey of Purdue University in the fifth round.
Yancey is a big wide receiver (6-2, 220) with somewhat suspect speed, but his great vertical leap numbers put him well within the physical parameters that the Packers love from their receivers.
What are DeAngelo Yancey’s strengths?
- Big wide receiver (6-2, 220)
- Proven big play ability; averaged 19.4 yards per reception as a senior
- Creates separation in vertical routes
- Good run blocker downfield
What are DeAngelo Yancey’s weaknesses?
- Just average speed; not a burner at 4.52 in the 40-yard dash.
- Not considered a good route runner
- Can be neutralized with quality man coverage
- Never caught more than 50 percent of targeted throws in any single season of his college career
How does DeAngelo Yancey fit with the Packers?
Yancey will be a developmental prospect, but he checks many of the boxes the Packers look for as far as physical attributes. He’s a big target who can get downfield in the right situation, and the Packers have lacked a consistent deep threat. Playing with other receivers that draw more attention, Yancey could be that guy.