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2017 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: DeAngelo Yancey, WR, Purdue

Purdue’s DeAngelo Yancey looks like an NFL wideout, but does he play like one?

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Purdue Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is always on the lookout for a big, athletic, receivers. Purdue’s DeAngleo Yancey is just that, and one of the few bright spots in a disappointing 3-9 season for the Boilermakers.

Yancey certainly looks the part of an NFL wide receiver with a big frame and solid athleticism -- the kind of receiver the New York Giants are currently lacking. Let’s take a closer look and see what he brings to the table.


Height - 6 feet, 2 inches

Weight - 217 pounds

40 Time - 4.54 (projected)


  • Big frame which he uses well to shield the ball from defenders
  • Good quickness on comeback routes, wasting little movement working back to the ball
  • Often a hands catcher, which makes for a big catch radius with his frame
  • Varies his stride length to help get separation off the line of scrimmage


  • Route running is definitely a work in progress. Route tree appears limited (perhaps by offense), and breaks are often rounded
  • Route running issues make it hard for him to get open
  • Has some concentration drops

Does He Fit With The Giants?

Probably not.

While the Giants could probably stand to add at least one big body to their passing attack to create contrasts for defenses to deal with, I don’t think Yancey is a great fit. His route running is very raw, and in an offense that requires consistent timing to function effectively, that is a problem.

If he falls out of the draft, he could be a priority free agent for the Giants to develop.

Prospect Video

Big Board Rankings

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Mocking The Draft - N/A

CBS Sports - 377th overall

Draft Countdown - N/A

Draft Tek - N/A

Final Thoughts

Yancey might not be a fit for the Giants, but he does have some intriguing traits. His size and athleticism will probably get him noticed. However, the Giants need a more polished receiver first. His draft process, starting this week at the Shrine Game, will have a big effect on his draft status. A strong showing would get him attention he might otherwise miss out on.