The Indianapolis Colts had a sub-par 2014 NFL Draft this year with the selections they made with only five choices to make overall. While they didn’t make the greatest choices in my eyes, they did walk away with Donte Moncrief, a receiver who may possibly be the steal of the entire draft.
In the third round of the draft, the Colts took Moncrief with the 90th selection to give some boost to a receiving core that is set to have a big year in 2014.
At 6-foot-2, Moncrief is a tall receiver who has great hands. To go along with his height, he actually has a lot of speed of his own as he has shown throughout his career at Ole Miss that he has the ability to burn defenders for deep touchdowns down the field. At the NFL combine, Moncrief clocked a 4.34 forty-yard dash time.
Moncrief finished his college career with 2,371 yards and 20 touchdowns at Ole Miss. His final two years there is when he started to really come alive as an elite receiver. Moncrief has experience playing against talented players when it comes to playing in the SEC and that will help his transition in the NFL.
Moncrief also has the pleasure of working alongside veteran receivers such as Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks. Both are tall receivers who have great hands with Wayne being the better route runner of the two, even though he is coming off a season-ending knee injury.
With any pick in the draft, you are looking for that player not just being around for a year or two but more than that. The Colts taking Moncrief was the piece they needed to build around quarterback Andrew Luck for years to come.
With Wayne not getting any younger and his years in Indianapolis numbered due to age and Nicks signing a one-year deal with the Colts most likely to show other teams he is still an elite receiver, Moncrief could be asked to be the starter sooner rather than later. There is no doubt though that the size of Moncrief will go along great with the speed of receiver T.Y. Hilton for many years in Indianapolis.
Two years ago, when the Colts decided to draft Hilton, I thought he was the steal of the entire draft picking him in the third round.
It seems like deja vu right now with Moncrief, as he is the steal of the draft and the Colts were able to get him at little charge at all.