One of the most intriguing selections that the Green Bay Packers made in the 2017 NFL Draft was their last. With the 247th pick, the Packers landed wide receiver Malachi Dupre from LSU, a tall, explosive wideout whose production never really lived up to the hype he had coming out of high school.
Opinions on Dupre are split, even among APC contributors. Some aren’t buying him based on a modest 3-cone time and college production. Others, myself included, are all for taking a flier on him late in the draft, as both Owen Riese and I are in agreement that Dupre actually has a better shot of making the roster than 5th-round pick DeAngelo Yancey.
Considering the value in round seven, it was absolutely worth buying a lottery ticket on Dupre in the event that he puts it all together; that becomes even more apparent when you look at his projected draft value from this time last year and his overall athletic profile. As an athlete, he actually compares pretty well to Davante Adams, with similar testing results across the board except in the cone drill. Meanwhile, one other Packers blog sees a comparison with former Bears and Vikings wideout Bernard Berrian, who carved out a nice career.
One thing is certain: Dupre will have to earn any playing time he gets with the Packers, as nothing is guaranteed for a 7th-round pick. That work will start with rookie minicamp, which will be held on one of the next two weekends. For more on Dupre and the rest of the Packers’ rookie class, take a look through today’s Curds.
Packers' seventh-rounders eager to get to work | Packers.com
Malachi Dupre used to dream in high school of catching passes from Aaron Rodgers; he'll get to start doing just that in the next few weeks.
How did we do on our first 2017 NFL mock draft - SBNation.com
Fun! Last year at this time, Dupre was projected as a first-round pick!
Assessing potential impact of Packers' draft picks | Packersnews.com
Bob McGinn argues that the Jahri Evans signing freed up the Packers to be more flexible with their draft. He also says that the team was not seriously considering T.J. Watt at the very end of round one, instead focusing on either Kevin King (who they eventually drafted) or running back Dalvin Cook.
Kevin King's arrival puts Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins on notice - ESPN
Would anyone be surprised if King and Davon House are the day one starters on the outside? We'll take a look at projecting an updated depth chart with the rookies added in soon.
Athletic comparisons for all 10 of the Packers’ draft picks | Packers Wire
Zach Kruse of PW beat us to the punch on this one, and he finds some of the same athletic comparisons that we were thinking -- namely Vince Biegel to Clay Matthews and DeAngelo Yancey to James Jones.
Geoff Gray | From Bisons to the Pack - Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Gray, an offensive lineman and engineering major who signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Packers this weekend, has plans for his $5,000 signing bonus: a new printer.
Teams should have interest in Barnidge's pass-blocking | PFF
Teams probably will; the interesting note here for the Packers is that Lance Kendricks had the second-best pass blocking grade of any tight end with at least 100 pass-block snaps last season.
2018 NFL mock draft: The year of the quarterback is upon us - SBNation.com
If you're into that sort of thing, Dan Kadar mocked next year's draft already. He has the Packers taking a productive edge rusher in Boston College's Harold Landry, who has a name that would have fit in perfectly on the Lombardi teams of the 1960s.