One player who turned a few heads at the NFL Combine was wide receiver Donte Moncrief, who silenced critics of his decision to leave school a year early. The impressive prospect out of Ole Miss was originally expected to go around the third or fourth round, but his performance at the combine gave him a little boost.
He definitely improved his stock. Unfortunately for Moncrief, he probably won’t shoot up the boards too high. This year’s draft is loaded with talent at wide receiver, as is the free agent market. So not only will there be several prospects valued higher than him, but a lot of teams will have already revamped their receiving corps through free agency before the draft.
It is a buyer’s market, which is great news for the Kansas City Chiefs. The team needs an upgrade at wide receiver and doesn’t have a lot of money to spend. It doesn’t matter what else is out there; Moncrief is an incredibly gifted player. With an official time of 4.40, he ran the third fastest 40 among wideouts and the fastest for any player taller than six feet.
On top of that, he tied for second at his position in the vertical jump with a mark of 39.5 inches. If his speed, leaping ability and solid 6-foot-2, 215 pound frame weren’t enough, Moncrief’s body of work with Rebels is also pretty impressive. Last season through a brutal schedule he compiled 59 receptions for 938 yards with six touchdowns.
The Chiefs could try to get him with their third-round selection, but as late as that pick is (No. 87 overall), there’s a chance another team could draft him first. If they trade down with their first-round pick (No. 23 overall), Kansas City could work something out to snag him earlier.
Trade down or not, they definitely need to keep an eye on him. He’s an incredible talent who the Chiefs could get at a bargain because of an overcrowded market at wide receiver.