Donte Moncrief NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Colts WR

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2014

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 17:  Donte Moncrief #12 of the Ole Miss Rebels catches a touchdown pass over Jalen Mills #28 and Tharold Simon #24 of the LSU Tigers during a game at Tiger Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi (HT: 6'2⅜", WT: 221 lbs)

Indianapolis Colts

Third Round: 90th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns

Combine Weigh In
HeightWeightArmsHands
602322132⅜"9⅛"

 

Combine Workout
40-Yd Dash10-Yd SplitVerticalBroad Jump3-ConeShuttle
4.401.5039.5"11'0"7.024.30

 

Positives

  • Built like a tall running back and essentially played that role at times for Ole Miss, getting multiple targets on screen passes each game.
  • Has the frame to excel as a possession receiver.
  • Gives a strong effort as a blocker and displays the technique to continue to excel in this area in the pros. 
  • Has experience running the full route tree at Ole Miss.
  • Does a nice job tracking the ball over his shoulder on deep routes.
  • Game speed is modest, but he's a smooth runner and accelerates to top speed quickly, which makes him dangerous enough that defensive backs have to respect his ability to get over the top of the defense. 
  • Has experience lining up out wide and in the slot.
  • Quick enough to occasionally make a defender miss after the catch and fast enough to break off chunks of yardage if he's given a running lane.
  • Runs hard after the catch and is strong enough to break an occasional tackle attempt.

 

 

Negatives

  • Takes a very passive approach to catching the ball, and usually lets the ball come into his chest rather than catching away from his body.
  • Struggles to focus on the ball when locked in tight coverage and misses a lot of difficult but catchable passes.
  • Body control is poor—struggles to position himself to box out the defender and adjust to the ball quickly enough to make plays as a possession receiver.
  • Phenomenal workout numbers, but it doesn't always translate to the field.
  • 40-yard dash and 10-yard split times just didn't translate to consistent separation in college.
  • Tried to play like a pure speed receiver in college but he doesn't have the elite separation ability to play that same role in the NFL and will need to develop his ability to win with his size.
  • Frequently failed to get on the same page with his quarterback in terms of depth and timing of routes; it wasn't always necessarily his fault, but its an issue worth inquiring about.
  • Athletic enough to make one move after the catch but lacks the agility to put together multiple moves to weave his way through traffic.

 

Personal Notes

  • Among the most productive receivers in school history, ranking third in career receiving yards.
  • Cousin of former Ole Miss receiver Shay Hodge, who spent time on the rosters of the Redskins and Bengals in 2010 and 2011.
  • Turns 21 in August. 

 

Ratings Chart

 

Overall

Moncrief is a talented prospect, but much development is still needed before he's capable of being a steady contributor in the NFL. At Ole Miss, Moncrief attempted to play the role of a speed receiver, but he simply lacks the speed or agility to play with that style in the NFL.

To excel at the next level, Moncrief needs to embrace his size and focus on developing the fundamentals of running routes as a possession receiver and putting himself in position to make contested catches. All of his flaws are fixable, so his ceiling is reasonably high, but he shouldn't be viewed as a strong candidate to make an immediate impact.

 

Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd round