When it seemed Ole Miss had the basketball game in hand last night I had a Twitter conversation with Mike Detillier, a New Orleans-based NFL draft analyst who does a lot of work for WWL-AM.
He says Donte Moncrief is a solid second-round pick if he comes out this year and that workouts could “nudge him into the latter part of Round 1.”
CBS currently has Moncrief ranked as the No. 4 receiver among the junior class behind Marquise Lee of Southern Cal, Sammy Watkins of Clemson and Paul Richardson of Colorado.
Detillier says Moncrief’s numbers are down because there’s more talent at receiver at Ole Miss now, and the Rebels are spreading the wealth.
“I’m a big fan of Dontre Moncrief,” he said. “He reminds me a lot of N.Y. Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks when he came out of North Carolina, a big body end with excellent eye-hand coordination. He’s physical, runs with the ball well after the catch and can make the tough catch look routine. He also has tremendous leaping and timing skills.”
Monrief has indicated an interesting in leaving early for the NFL if things work out.
He has had a few uncharacteristic drops this season. He second on the team with 34 catches behind Laquon Treadwell’s 41, but Moncrief leads the team in yards per catch 14.6 and in touchdowns with four.
It was interesting last week to hear Bo Wallace talk about the comfort he feels with Ja-Mes Logan. Logan has been really good the last two weeks since his unfortunate drop on the Rebels’ last possession against Texas A&M.
It’s clear how comfortable Hugh Freeze feels with Moncrief, though, especially when you consider how much Moncrief was targeted when the Rebels were trying to rally from their deficit at Auburn.
It also worth nothing that Moncrief had a big finish last year. He ended the season with 10 touchdown catches, and five of those came in the last two regular season games against LSU and Mississippi State. Prior to that he had one touchdown catch in six SEC games.