New Green Bay Packers’ DB Marc-Antoine Dequoy: playing in the NFL is ‘every kid’s dream’

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A highly-touted Canadian prospect is excited to have found a new home in the NFL.

University of Montreal product Marc-Antoine Dequoy signed with the Green Bay Packers on Saturday after going unselected in the 2020 NFL draft.

“It’s every kid’s dream to play in the NFL,” said Dequoy. “I still have to make the 53-man roster, but just having one foot in the door is amazing.”

The six-foot-three defender turned heads at his pro day in March when he ran a 4.35 forty-yard dash. His impressive testing numbers, paired with an appearance at the East-West Shrine Bowl in January helped him secure an NFL contract following the draft.

“It was surreal. It was a day filled with emotion — a lot of excitement, a lot of stress, mostly during the sixth round and seventh round. As a day, I think you’ve gotta enjoy it.”

Green Bay expressed interest in the six-foot-three defender prior to the draft. Dequoy spoke with defensive backs coach Jerry Gray prior to the draft, though it remains unclear where he fits in with the Packers.

“They’re going to be working him out at cornerback and safety to get a feel for where he’s the best fit. With the speed and the length that he has, it’s extremely interesting for them,” said Sasha Ghavami, Dequoy’s agent.

“They plug and play defensive backs wherever is best-suited and with Marc you’re getting an athlete and a physical specimen that you don’t see very often. I’m not too worried about them finding a way to use them.”

The Packers selected free safety Vernon Scott out of Texas Christian University in the seventh round of this year’s draft, so there will be some competition for Dequoy in training camp. The team also used a first-round pick last year to select safety Darnell Savage out of Maryland.

Dequoy was one of two U Sports products to sign an NFL contract on Saturday alongside University of Alberta offensive lineman Carter O’Donnell. In what it is likely not a coincidence, Carter was the other Canadian player selected to attend this year’s Shrine Game.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.