Donte Moncrief – Wide Receiver – Mississippi
Size – 6023 – 219 – 4.40
Strong Points – Excellent size, good athlete, consistent blocker, run after catch, hands
Weak Points – Limited route tree, often body catches, doesn’t have a big receiving radius,
2013 Stats – 59 receptions, 938 yards, six touchdowns, 156 career receptions, 2527 yards, 20 touchdowns
Summation – Donte is a third-year junior entering the draft as an underclassman. He has been a three-year starter at Ole Miss and been very productive for them.
He has excellent size and overall athleticism. At 6023-219 with 4.40 speed, he fits the mold of the big receivers that have come in vogue in the NFL. At the combine, he had a vertical jump of 39.5" and a standing long jump of 11’, showing his excellent explosiveness.
Ole Miss plays from a spread offense and they don’t have Moncrief run a very sophisticated route tree. His main route is the bubble screen, but he will run some hitches and comebacks as well as some go routes. You don’t see a lot of slants and crossing routes.
Moncrief shows he can catch the ball in his hands, but he will body catch some and doesn’t have a really big receiving radius. His ability to adjust to the ball is good but not great. He will have some concentration drops.
What Moncrief does well is run after the catch. He is fast with a quick burst and runs with power. He shows good run instincts and is a consistent threat to turn a short pass into a long gain. Moncrief is very willing and effective as a blocker.
Moncrief is still raw, but he has a tremendous amount of upside. You are drafting him based on what he can become, not what he is. He is not ready to step in and be more than a rotational contributor at this time. He is going to need to learn how to read coverages to make sight adjustments and will also need to develop his overall route running skills. He should be ready to be an every down player sometime in his second year. I think he is a solid third round pick but his natural physical traits may get him drafted higher.
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