Friday, March 17, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Malachi Dupre

Malachi Dupre, LSU
6-2, 196
Dupre was a three year player at LSU who's stats were completed downplayed due to poor QB play with the Tigers during his time there. Dupre is an underrated super athlete, who is solid in several track events as well.
As a freshman, Dupre finished second on the team in receiving with a line of 14-318-5, and averaged an eye popping 22.71 yards per catch. Dupre led the Tigers in receiving as a sophomore with a line of 43-698-6, and averaged 16.23 yards per reception.
Dupre wrapped up his college career at LSU in 2016 as a junior, and posted a line of 41-593-3, and averaged 14.93 yards per grab.
The Good
A solid athlete with experience all over the field as a receiver. Can play either side or in the slot.
Production was muted by average to bad QB play, not because of his overall ability.
Plays with excellent body control, and tracks the ball like a pro on deep throws. Can readjust to get to under thrown balls and low throws.
Is always thinking a step ahead, and turns and runs well after the catch.
Gets under tacklers to lunge forward after the hit.
Solid deep play potential.
The Bad
Limited sample size because he played with really bad QBs for three seasons.
May be more athletic than football savvy.
Will never burn anyone with his speed.
He is not a great route runner. He seems to need some work on the nuances of the game as a receiver and does not always play with a high football IQ.
Slow off of the snap at times, and does not pop into his routes.
More a raw block of clay than a finished product.
Not a solid blocker on run plays.
Final Overview
Dupre has some ability, that much is certain, but at this point of his career, he is more a raw block of clay than a finished product by far. He is an intriguing developmental type with athleticism to burn, but you cannot expect too much too soon, or else you will be let down. His raw ability alone is intriguing enough that someone will go relatively early on him, and then try to find a way to develop him further into what he can be.

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