Check The Film: Malachi Dupre Scouting Report, Analysis, Breakdown

    A Malachi Dupre scouting report, analysis, and breakdown, as Campus Insiders takes a closer look at the film from the LSU Tigers' star wide receiver.

    March 22, 2017

    A Malachi Dupre scouting report, analysis, and breakdown, as Campus Insiders takes a closer look at the film from the LSU Tigers’ star wide receiver. 

    Malachi Dupre’s Measurables

    • Height: 6’2″
    • Weight: 196 lbs
    • Position: Wide Receiver
    • College: LSU Tigers
    • Arm Length: 31 1/2″
    • Hand Size: 9″
    • 40-Yard Dash: 4.52 seconds
    • Vertical: 39.5″
    • Broad Jump: 135″
    • Bench: 11 reps
    • Shuttle: 4.26 seconds (20-yard), 11.88 seconds (60-yard)
    • Three-Cone: 7.19 seconds

    Malachi Dupre’s Strengths

    There are plenty of positives about Malachi Dupre’s game. It’s hard not to fall in love with the size and athleticism. He does a great job of beating press coverage at the line of scrimmage, and you can rely on him to find space on intermediate routes. LSU gave him a lot of comebacks, curls and out routes. If it’s 3rd-and-long, keep an eye on Dupre because he’ll be hovering around the chains, and that’s where he’ll make his money — as a possession receiver in an underneath passing attack.

    Dupre is most dangerous when the ball gets to him quickly. Once he has it in his hands, Dupre is a yards-after-catch machine, constantly looking to catch and turn up field. He fights for first downs and will get his upper body involved. You like to see that physicality from a wide receiver, and he’ll help extend drives for whichever team drafts him.

    Malachi Dupre’s Weaknesses

    For a wide receiver buried in a run-heavy offense, the run blocking was average at best. It’s generally not a great sign if a receiver meanders up to a cornerback, makes an initial push and then cuts the effort down to quarter speed. There were times when Dupre would drive through his blocking assignments and times when he’d simply be a body on the field.

    In terms of his catch radius, he appeared to have a hard time making grabs when the ball wasn’t at his numbers or face mask. It’s easy to sit there and blame a quarterback for not making a perfect throw, but Dupre did drop some balls when forced to elevate or maneuver his body against his designed route — especially on vertical routes. His route running is nowhere near where a starting NFL receiver’s route running should be. He’ll round off his out routes and takes his time opening up on curls.

    Neither the speed nor the acceleration will blow you away.

    Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

    Scheme Fits

    It’s hard to tell how much of his game can be attributed to him or to the LSU offense, which lacked a quality starting quarterback during Dupre’s entire collegiate career. The bottom line is he’s a second-day draft pick at best. He’ll find playing time on Day 1 as a third or fourth option, but he needs a lot of coaching before he’s able to find time as a Z-receiver (second option) — let alone an X (first). A West Coast offense could be just what he needs at the next level.

    Of course, wide receiver depth will play a big factor in his draft position. The Carolina Panthers would be an interesting option in the fourth round. Baltimore and Washington also need pass catchers and would be likely landing spots for him on Day 2.

    Games Watched For Scouting

    • Wisconsin (L 16-14) – 9/3/16
    • Mississippi State (W 23-20) – 9/17/16
    • Texas A&M (W 54-39) – 11/24/16

    MORE: SEC Predictions, Storylines For 2017


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