BATON ROUGE, La. — After much deliberation, LSU junior wide receiver Malachi Dupre has declared for the NFL Draft. Dupre made his announcement via a video on his Twitter feed Friday evening.
— Malachi Dupre (@MalachiDupre) January 13, 2017
Dupre, like the rest of the NFL’s draft-eligible underclassmen, had until Monday to submit his name for the upcoming draft. The junior concludes his LSU career with 98 catches for 1,609 yards and 14 touchdowns.
His final game was his signature performance as a Tiger. Dupre had a career-best seven catches for 139 yards against Louisville in the Citrus Bowl.
Dupre’s declaration video ends with a message thanking LSU fans and coaches.
“LSU… I cannot thank you enough for the past 3 years of my life. During this time I have built relationships and friendships that will last a lifetime. I will forever cherish the memories and great times I experienced at LSU. Coach Miles, I want to personally thank you for giving a young kid with a dream the opportunity to make that dream come true.
“And to Coach Orgeron and all my positions coaches Henry, Ball and Craig, I want to thank you for everything as well. I want to personally thank every teammate I have shared the special opportunity with to play for such a great program as LSU. We will be brothers for life. With that being said, it is time to part ways with the great place I have called home for the past 3 years for now, but LSU, every ending has a new beginning and that new beginning for me is pursuing another dream of mine and that is to play in the National Football League.
“So after long thought and consideration I will be declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft. #FOREVERLSU Thank you Louisiana.”
Draft expert Mike Detillier has Dupre pegged as a likely third-round pick. However, with a strong Pro Day and Combine, Dupre has the potential to climb into the late second round.
His departure leaves DJ Chark as the only experienced LSU receiver going into next season. Chark, who earlier this week announced that he was staying for his redshirt junior year, is the only returning Tiger receiver who caught more than five passes this season.
Dupre is the fourth LSU underclassman to declare for this year’s draft, joining defensive lineman Davon Godchaux, safety Jamal Adams and running back Leonard Fournette. The rest of the junior class is expected to return next season.