The Colts selected Ole Miss Wideout, Donte Moncrief, with pick #90. Moncrief measured out insanely well at the combine (including a 4.34 forty-time at ~225 lbs), but whether those measurables always translated to the field is his biggest question mark.
Regardless, Moncrief will join a crowded group of talented Colts’ receivers including: Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks, TY Hilton, Da’Rick Rogers, and LaVon Brazill. He won’t be expected to contribute early on, but the opportunity will be there to develop chemistry with QB Andrew Luck and eventually see the field as the season progresses. He sounds talented, that much is for sure. Here’s hoping he can be a fixture in the offense for years to come! Here’s what we know already about Moncrief:
“Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi, 6-2, 221, 4.34, 2. Moncrief is a big man with the footwork of a little guy, enabling him to maneuver his large body into a position where he can make the catch against quicker, faster defensive backs. His 156 catches, 2,371 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns are all third-best all-time in the Ole Miss record book. Frankly: Ready, willing and able to surprise cornerbacks with excellent route running that makes him more dangerous more often than receivers who rely mainly on speed. He will also do damage as a blocker in the running game.” – Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
“Big, physically gifted “X” receiver with deep speed, “above-the-rim” potential and playmaking ability. Has a ceiling as a No. 1 or No. 2 in a vertical passing offense, and his best football is in front him. Likely to elevate his stock at the combine and in workouts.” –Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com
“He wasn’t able to translate all talent to the field on a regular basis. Quarterback play there as well was a little sketchy at times, but for Moncrief, there were games where he should have been dominating the corners he went up against and he didn’t.” –Mel Kiper Jr, ESPN
“Moncrief is a guy who drops the ball too much and double-catches it a little too much. When I see a wide receiver with drops and double-catches, I get nervous. He has to convince team that he can be a consistent catcher of the football. He’s a little bit straight-line fast. He has to learn how to run routes. I have him late third round. The West Coast teams will like him because he can be a big, possession-type receiver who can run the slant and throw it into his body. Any of those type of teams that focus on West Coast offense would make a ton of sense for him. I’m hoping that his best football is ahead of him, and he can continue to develop the craft of playing wide receiver.” –Mike Mayock, NFL.com
“Moncrief did not play well at all this year. But if you’re a metrics guy, he’s the first pick of the draft. One of the most impressive workout freaks that you’ll ever see at the wide receiver position.” –Todd McShay, ESPN