The Colts’ third round pick is in. Donte Moncrief out of Ole Miss is a big, fast wide receiver at 6-2, 221 with a 39.5” vertical and a 4.34 second 40 time to go with 7.02 seconds in the three cone drill (anything in the low sevens or better is indicative of good quickness).
While T.Y. Hilton has been a rising star, Reggie Wayne is 35 and coming off an ACL injury in the final year of his contract, and Hakeem Nicks has a one year deal. There is little certainty beyond 2014 at the receiver position, making Moncrief a potentially good pick.
Moncrief had 59 catches for 938 yards and 6 TD’s last season at Ole Miss, averaging 15.9 yards per catch through 13 games. He ranks 3rd all-time at his alma mater with 156 catches, 2,371 yards, and 20 TD’s according to CBS Sports.
From Moncrief’s CBS Sports draft profile, where he was projected as a 2nd round pick:
STRENGTHS: Moncrief’s thick frame, deceptive speed and smooth route-running make him a nightmare for cornerbacks. He does not possess the explosive moves of Southern Cal’s Marqise Lee or Clemson’s Sammy Watkins but might be a better player than either of them.
He is sudden in his breaks, showing the ability to generate separation even against tight man coverage, and accelerates quickly, often leaving defenders in his dust on double-moves. Moncrief tracks the ball well and generally shows excellent hands (one drop vs. Texas), as well as the body control to make the dazzling grab. Moncrief is also cognizant in the running game, showing awareness and toughness as a downfield blocker
WEAKNESSES: Perhaps the only thing standing in Moncrief’s way of becoming the first “skill-position” player from Mississippi to earn a first round draft selection since Eli Manning (No. 1 overall, 2004) is the question about his straight-line speed. Moncrief was not caught from behind on tapes viewed and was credited with a surprising 4.34-yard 40-yard dash at the combine.
Needs to work on route-running, as do most rookie receivers. Does not always play up to his size and not allow cornerbacks to break up as many passes. Not electric in the open field. –ROB RANG
From Moncrief’s NFL.com draft profile:
Draft Projection: Rounds 1-2
Bottom Line: Big, physically gifted “X” receiver with deep speed, leaping potential and playmaking ability. Could emerge a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in a vertical passing offense, and his best football is in front him. Solid combine showing and pro-day workout have ascended his draft standing. -Nolan Nawrocki
A guy like this seems like a bit of a steal and a nice pick in the third round. Grigson, as you may remember, drafted Hilton in the third round in 2012, and while many people hadn’t heard of the speedster from FIU at the time, Moncrief’s name had been out there as someone that wouldn’t even be available in the third round.
And, as usual, let’s go to the tape.
And a Combine workout:
Fans seem a little more upbeat about this one. Tell us what you think.