The wide receiver position appears to be very strong for the Indianapolis Colts this year. With players such as Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and newly-added Hakeem Nicks, the Colts appear to be set at wide receiver. This makes the addition of Donte Moncrief in the third round of the draft more surprising.
Adding to the already-deep wide receiver position, the return of Dwayne Allen means the Colts are going to be using more run-based sets with the offense. This means that Colts fans should not expect big contributions from the rookie this year. Moncrief has some athleticism and is very raw in terms of route running ability. The biggest challenge he is going to face is transitioning from a spread offense in college to a pro-style running-based one in the NFL. The reason why this is a big change is because now Moncrief is going to have to make reads while running the routes, and he is going to have to be on the same page as Andrew Luck.
Moncrief is probably going to have limited playing time this year and the coaches are going to view it as a redshirt year. This isn’t a big issue because it should let Moncrief understand the playbook better in his second year and allow him to play faster.
Injuries are going to happen in the NFL, and there is going to be a battle for the fourth wide receiver position on the Colts’ roster between Moncrief, Da’rick Rogers, Lavon Brazill and Griff whalen. The last three already have an advantage because they are already comfortable with the playbook, but in Moncrief’s second year, he should overtake one of the three.