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2015 NFL DRAFT

Donte Moncrief, WR

School: Ole Miss  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Raleigh, MS
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 221 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
57102

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.342.511.5413 39 1/211'0"4.307.02
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

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

Player Overview

Moncrief's thick frame, deceptive speed and smooth route-running make him a nightmare for cornerbacks. He lacks the explosive moves of Sammy Watkins and Marqise Lee, but he has the skill set to develop into every bit of the NFL receiver as the more highly acclaimed duo.

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.

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.

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05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Round 3/90 -- Donte Moncrief, WR, 6-2, 224, Mississippi...Indianapolis filled a need for a big, strong, physical receiver with speed to get downfield. The former Ole Miss standout should give the Colts much-needed depth at the position. Viewed as a diamond in the rough, Moncrief left college after his junior season. He has a big upside in terms of being a player who will grow with the Colts' offense. - The Sports Xchange
 

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