I'm back with my second FanPost, again focusing on the draft (but shorter this time!) I've been looking through wide receiver prospects, and Donte Moncrief really stood out to me. What I don't get, however, is why the draftniks aren't giving him his due praise (not that any NFL GM other than Jerry Jones pays them any mind.)
Measurables-wise, Moncrief fits the mold of the 'new age' Alshon Jeffery-type receiver. 6'3" and a 4.40 forty is just about as good as it gets. He's the kind of player who has teams excited about freakishly tall cornerbacks (more on Keith McGill later.) The third-best vertical at the combine (39.5") isn't shabby either. In other words, Moncrief is ideal for a young quarterback who struggles with his accuracy. Imagine what he could do with this guy under center. His hand size is about average, but that's a small price to pay when you consider the package he comes in.
I guess the downside regarding Moncrief comes when we talk about his on-field ability. In what seems to be a largely contradictory NFL.com profile (what's new?) Moncrief is apparently a pro at boxing out, but has problems with fifty-fifty balls. So apparently he can go up to make catches, but not if someone else is in the vicinity, I guess. Also, though his 4.40 forty-yard dash shows that he won't be limited to being a possession receiver in the NFL, he's apparently stiff in the hips. Now, Edgar Bennett can coach that out of him, but it's something Green Bay would have to consider, especially seeing that Jordan Matthews is a better route-runner at this point (and may be on the board when the Packers pick in Round Two.) His stats were unimpressive this past year, but he was overshadowed by star freshman Laquon Treadwell, who looks like a future first-rounder.
That brings me to my opinion of Moncrief. He's not the perfect player; his hands are somewhat inconsistent (flashback to James Jones' first couple of years) and he isn't using his talents in the most effective manner, but the physical ability is certainly there. Draft analysts have touted this draft as being exceedingly deep; guys who go in the early second would usually go in the first, those who go in the third would go in the second, and so on. Even with that said, however, Moncrief deserves definite second-round consideration from a team which wants a very high-upside wideout, even if that team isn't Green Bay.
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