Indianapolis Colts: why Donte Moncrief was their best pick

Well, the draft is finally over with. With it being pushed back a few weeks, it was quite a drawn out process, but here we are, finally, post-draft and looking forward to minicamp.

There will be plenty of new faces at camp, and five of them will be draftees. Of those five, Donte Moncrief was the best pick GM Ryan Grigson pulled off for the Indianapolis Colts.

The reason is plain and simple: he was the best value.

Many had Moncrief listed as a second round talent and the Colts got him in the late third round.

Moncrief has a very high ceiling, though he is very raw. The guy is a flat out athlete, and he simply needs to brush up on his fundamental skills.

And who better to learn from than the man himself, Reggie Wayne.

Wayne will teach him the ways of a technical wide receiver, with sharp routes and soft hands. Two things Moncrief must work on.

Now, improving your hands’ themselves, isn’t really possible, but focus is something that can be worked on. And according to many, Moncrief flashed good catching ability here and there, but often lost focus and let the ball come to his body from time to time.

It is a bit concerning that he has this trait, which is very similar to Darrius Heyward-Bey, but hopefully it is purely a concentration problem, and nothing more than that.

Now, this is not to say fellow picks Jack Mewhort, John Newsome, Andrew Jackson and Ulrick John won’t turn into good players. I am just saying that Moncrief was the best value at the place he was drafted.

And, even though he may not contribute right away, the aforementioned value is what makes him the Colts best pick of the 2014 draft.

Only time will tell if these guys can translate their talents to the NFL field, and here’s to hoping they do. Go Colts!

  • Alan Craig

    Donte Moncrief was a great pick because at 6’2 220 and ran 4.34 and 4.4 at combine. He played in tough SEC and beat top CBs. Within a year he should start and along with Hilton, TE Allen, Fleener, and possibly Rogers be a top passing team.

  • Verne Helzberg

    It should also be noted that Moncrief is a great blocker in the run game. He does the dirty work.