INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis took a decided offensive approach to the first two rounds of the 2014 draft, selecting WR-Donte Moncrief of Mississippi one round after taking OT/G-Jack Mewhort.
Like Mewhort, Moncrief was a perennial starter throughout his career, opening 37-of-38 games at Ole Miss. He used his 6-2, 224-pound size to have 156 career receptions for 2,371 yards and 20 TDs.
Moncrief will find youth and experience on the Colts' receiving corps, though his size will stand tall among all competitors.
Veterans Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks are two of the club's three 1,000-yard receivers. The third, T.Y. Hilton, was a big draft-day addition in 2012, Ryan Grigson's first year as Colts general manager.
Grigson and Chuck Pagano have structured a potent receiving corps where Moncrief will compete. LaVon Brazill joins Hilton as members of the 2012 draft class, while Da'Rick Rogers and Griff Whalen got extended playing time last year when Wayne was felled by a mid-season knee injury.
Moncrief had 59 receptions in 2013 for 938 yards and six TDs. Those numbers were just shy of his sophomore-year seasonal marks of 66 receptions for 979 yards and 10 scores.
With 4.4 speed, Moncrief was cited by many for his ability to burst off the line and have solid blocking abilities. His speed was third among players at the combine, plus he had a broad jump of 11'-0".
His wingspan is 77 7/8 inches, creating a large catch radius for quarterbacks. One of Moncrief's strengths is running with a low pad level, and his ability to stretch the field was evident when 13 of his last 16 touchdown receptions were 20 yards or longer.