The team’s first pick, OL Jack Mewhort, was greeted with a bit of lukewarm confusion, which was probably unfair. But with their second pick at No. 90, the Colts took 6-foot-2, 221-pound wide receiver Donte Moncrief out of Mississippi, and he was greeted with about as much warmth and enthusiasm as anyone not named Cody Latimer or Jimmie Ward could have hoped for.
Moncrief is being described as a guy who needs some development, but Colts fans don’t care. He’s going to be practicing and learning alongside Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks, and T.Y. Hilton. Looking at the Colts’ current collection of weapons, drafting a receiver might seem a little strange or even opulent, but the intent behind this pick is probably to have Wayne train his successor.
Right now, it looks like the Colts are in a position to take some time developing a potentially high-reward player like Moncrief. Judging by everyone’s reactions, the Colts got away with stealing a guy who shouldn’t have still been available. He’ll definitely be one to watch this August, and hopefully for years to come.
The Colts have three more picks remaining, and presumably they’re still looking for a safety in this post-Bethea era. Expect Saturday to be the Colts’ Defense Appreciation Day.