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Gilbert’s Prospect Spotlight: Malachi Dupre
- Updated: February 23, 2017
When prospects fly way under the radar, it is because they came from a small school or they have not proven enough on film to be considered a top prospect. Malachi Dupre does not fit into either category. He played at LSU — an NFL factory– and on film, he has demonstrated the ability to emerge as a first-option wide receiver at the next level.
A case that could be made against Dupre is his lack of production during his career at LSU, but there have been plenty of unproductive players who went on and succeeded at the biggest stage of football. It is inaccurate to evaluate a prospect on his production or lack thereof. When in doubt just watch the film. Numbers lie but the film does not.
Class: Junior Position: Wide Receiver
As unproductive as Malachi Dupre was during his two years as a Tiger, he led his team in receiving both years. He was a tremendous talent but his sky-high potential was untapped due to the offenses’ quarterback issues. An upside for Dupre was his development as a solid run blocker in the run-first offense which featured Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice who combined for a total of 2,230 rushing yards.
Malachi Dupre is an exciting playmaker who catches the uncatchable. Dupre possesses the potential to make countless plays down the field and the redzone. He offers a quarterback-friendly catch radius. Any ball that goes up, he comes down with it. He does not let down his intensity on run plays as a very determined run-blocker. With solid agility, vision, and toughness, Dupre also adds the ability to pick up extra yards on short and intermediate catches. He is a game changer who will add the big-play dimension for an offense as a pro.
Dupre hauled in a team-high 43 receptions for 698 yards and six touchdowns in his sophomore season. Expected to have a breakout season the following year, the LSU prospect regressed in productivity but not talent. He caught 41 passes for 593 yards and three touchdowns but was still the leading receiver.
Receptions – 41 Receptions – 98
Yards – 593 Yards – 1,609
Touchdowns – 3 Touchdowns – 14