Dynasty League Spotlight: Donte Moncrief, WR Ole Miss
The Trashman, RosterWatch.com
Donte Moncrief, WR Ole Miss Rebels
Weight: 226 pounds
40 yard dash: 4.4
NFL Comparison: Demaryius Thomas
Chances are you haven’t been paying attention to Ole Miss’ Donte Moncrief. I wasn’t, until his breathtaking showing at this year’s NFL combine where he had the third fastest 40 (4.40) among receivers and the best broad jump (11ft). He’s surreptitiously become the third leading receiver in Ole Miss history over his three seasons there with 156 receptions for 2,371 yards and 20 touchdowns over that span. Physically speaking, Moncrief is a powerful looking receiver with wide shoulders and big soft hands. He glides through coverage with ease and catches the ball in stride most of the time. Moncrief has ups for days and snatches the ball out of the air instead of in his chest, which is a plus. But because he is so often so far ahead or above his defenders, Moncrief rarely has to battle them for the ball. Sometimes it appears as if he’s forgotten how to fight for possession. He certainly has the physical ability to do so, he just isn’t that aggressive on the field. Moncrief’s sometimes passive demeanor is what has kept him from ascending draft ladders to this point.
Here is our pre-2013 season NFL draft scouting report on Moncrief by Derrik Klassen.
Here are our notes from watching Moncrief live during throwing drills in Indianapolis at the NFL combine.
#36 Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss
-Lets the ball get too far in on him in first attempt at gauntlet, a couple of drops- slaps hands loudly
-Lets the ball get in on his body on 10 yard out
-Looked a bit slow in routes
-Looks slow on fade route
Moncrief is going to be a steal for some lucky team on draft day, that is for sure. No he’s not as physical as one would hope for a player of his stature, but the league gets less physical every season it seems, from a defensive standpoint at least. Such a combination of speed, agility, and muscular physique on a receiver is seldom seen– at least on one that has decent hands. He’s going to be a steal in fantasy drafts too. Pick him up knowing that you haven’t seen his best football yet.