College: Ole Miss
Position: Wide Receiver
2013 College Statistics: 59 receptions, 938 yards, six touchdowns.
The 2014 NFL Draft is full of talented players, and one of those prospects is Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief. Moncrief doesn’t have the most impressive statistical numbers out there, but the impact that he has the potential to make on the football field is undeniable. As always, there are some concerns surrounding him, but they aren’t things that can’t be fixed with good coaching and time. Most draft analysts have Moncrief being selected in the second or third round.
Very experienced route runner
Has lined up at both the wide and slot positions
Strong after the catch and picks up extra yardage
Quick enough to make an occasional defender miss in open field
Does a very good job tracking the football
Extremely quick acceleration
Great workout numbers, but doesn’t always translate to on-field play
Wasn’t great at working on timing with QB in college
Lacks focus on ball when in tight coverage
Often catches ball with chest rather than hands
Body control can be poor at times
Overall, there are certainly a lot of question marks surrounding Moncrief’s game. He has the potential to become a very good every down wide receiver in the NFL, but he will need to put in a lot of work to get there. There is no denying the work ethic that he has, but he will have to take that to the next level if he intends to reach his full potential. His size will certainly give him an advantage at the next level, but there will be a lot of work to be done on the rest of his game. All that being said, he will be a good selection for any team that decides to take a chance on him in the third or fourth round.
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