It took five rounds, but Purdue has made its mark on the 2017 NFL Draft.
Former Boilermakers WR DeAngelo Yancey was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 32nd pick in the fifth round Saturday — No. 175 overall — in Philadelphia. Yes, that means Yancey will go from catching passes from David Blough to catching passes from Aaron Rodgers.
His selection also marks the 20th year in a row that Purdue has had a player selected in the NFL Draft.
Yancey, according to NFL.com, was projected as a seventh-round prospect and is the first Boilermakers receiver to be selected in the NFL Draft since Vinny Sutherland in the 2001 NFL Draft.
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Yancey, who came to Purdue as 3-star prospect in 2013, led the Boilermakers in receptions (49), receiving yards (951) and touchdowns (10). The receiving yards were more than the next two Boilermakers receivers combined, while the 10 touchdowns were more than double anyone else on the team.
“Yancey is a stiff-hipped vertical receiver only with good size but below average hands,” NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote about Yancey in his draft profile. “A team could sniff around on him on Day 3.”
A taller receiver at 6 feet, 2 inches, Yancey could easily develop in the Packers system which prides itself on developing wide receivers with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
He’ll join another Big Ten alum, former Illinois standout Allison Geronimo, in Green Bay’s wide receiver corps.