Nov 23, 2013; Oxford, MS, USA; DUPLICATE***Mississippi Rebels defensive back Tony Conner (12)***Mississippi Rebels wide receiver Donte Moncrief (12) advances the ball during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Missouri Tigers defeat the Mississippi Rebels 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
I’m not going to lie, when we were on the clock with Donte Moncrief on the board in the third round I was SURE that he would be our pick. He was one of the receivers that I really loved in this draft class.
I truly believed that wide receiver was our second biggest need. I guess Tom Telesco feels more comfortable than I do with our current wide receiver group.
But why do I want Moncrief so bad ?
Here is why :
For starters, I have to say that to me, Moncrief is a second round talent, so in the late third round I saw a big steal. Moncrief dominated in college at a very young age. Of all rookie wide receivers, only Brandin Cooks is younger. Moncrief will finish his rookie season at the age of 21!! Plus if you want to be an elite wide receiver in the NFL you need to be tall and big. Moncrief is 6’2, 221 pounds. That’s exactly the type of frame that brings elite potential.
Here are some of his combine results :
40 yard dash : 4,40 sec
Vert Jump : 39,5 inch
Broad Jump : 132,0 inch
The guy is really explosive with elite top speed.
Now we all know that TT draft players who has been productive during their college career. So let’s check his college stats.
2011 : 31 Rec, 454 Yards, 4 TD
2012 : 66 Rec, 979 Yards, 10 TD
2013 : 59 Rec, 938 Yards, 6 TD
I know he didn’t have the production that other guys had, but he was a late third round pick also. My guess would be that Tom Telesco was scared about the fact that his 2013 wasn’t better than his 2012 season. That does raise some questions. They probably work their tail off to find why it happened and didn’t like what they found or maybe he doesn’t like football that much and doesn’t want to win badly enough for TT to draft him.