On the surface, a wide receiver from Purdue who wasn’t invited to the combine seems like an easy prospect to skip to over. However, there are several strong points on DeAngelo Yancey’s resume that we shouldn’t ignore.
Before my wife, kids, and a full-time job, I was deep into video games. Beating the games once wasn’t enough. I had to beat it on all the difficulty levels. Only then I would explore the game in further detail to find all of the Easter eggs. Now that fantasy football has taken over my gaming obsession, the need for going deep down the rabbit hole is still there.
Let’s talk about DeAngelo Yancey.
The 22-year-old WR prospect from Purdue measures in at 6 feet 2 inches and 220 pounds. At his pro day, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds and recorded a 35.5 inch vertical, 6.84 second 3-cone, and 21 reps on the bench press. What else do we know?
Yancey had the misfortune of playing for a terrible Purdue program that won a total of nine games in his four-year career, but he was productive, especially early. In his true freshman season (2013) he caught 32 passes for 546 yards and two touchdowns. His 546 receiving yards actually led the team despite playing in only eight games. Eight games! According to the Box Score Scout, that’s a 32 percent market share of receiving yards as an 18-year-old true freshman in a Power 5 conference. That puts him in the 93rd percentile for breakout age.
The glaring problem on his resume came the following season in 2014. According to Rivals, Yancey thought he had the game figured out and rested on his laurels. He hit rock bottom and was eventually benched. Yancey bounced back with a strong junior season, securing 25 percent of the team receiving yards and 28 percent of the TDs. His production increased again in his senior year to 27 percent msYD and 40 percent msTD.
Despite his resurgence, Yancey did not receive a combine invite – a red flag to be sure – but NFL scouts did get to him in person at the East-West Shrine game. That led to team visits or workouts with the Rams, Texans, Titans, Bengals, Patriots, Packers, and several others. Ultimately, Green Bay turned in his card with the 32nd pick in Round 5.
When we compare Yancey to other wide receivers in this class, the Box Score Scout gives us an intriguing comp.
Yancey’s closest comparable based on height, weight, and production is Chris Godwin. It’s no secret we love Godwin here at RotoViz.1 Godwin has the production to go along with a strong athletic profile and is ranked as the seventh WR in our final rookie rankings. Of course, this is his most favorable comp, and if we include draft position and other years, things look much less rosy. Still, his Phenom Index score (0.61) is better than Mike Williams, among others.
Yancey landed in a great offense with a great quarterback. However, the first three WR positions are already occupied by Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb. Cobb and Nelson are both signed through 2018 while Adams will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. The remaining WRs on the depth chart are Trevor Davis, Malachi Dupre, Jeff Janis, Michael Clark, Montay Crockett, Geronimo Allison, Max McCaffrey and Herb Waters. Only Davis was drafted earlier,2 but he’s also a different style of player who lacks 30 pounds on Yancey.
Trying to sort through depth charts in May and June is about as easy as trying to decipher what my three-year-old finger-painted today. However, Josh Norris of Rotoworld has reviewed each team’s post-draft press conference. Here’s the NFC North. In it, Packers Director of Football Operation Eliot Wolf seemed to really like Yancey.
DeAngelo Yancey was a Day 3 pick with an unknown role on a crowded depth chart. He’s currently not being selected in rookie drafts, although that could start to change now that we know his proximity to Aaron Rodgers. Combine that with his strong production, athletic measurables, and early breakout, and Yancey is worthy of the final spot on your taxi squad in deep leagues.