ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper conducted a media conference call this morning.
On the whole it was good news for Donte Moncrief who went into the combine projected as a third- or fourth-round pick.
Here’s what Kiper had to say about Moncrief:
“Donte Moncrief is an enigma. He’s an incredible talent, big, athletic and fast. You would have thought he would have been able to dominate college cornerbacks. I watch him a lot, I kept waiting. I had a high grade for him at the beginning of the year, anticipating a top 10 to 15 pick for him in August, but he did not materialize. The freshman Treadwell did a nice job, the quarterback play was erratic, I get all that, but he’s one of those guys that you did not see him perform to his level of talent on a week to week basis. He flashed it, he had some drops, he was not as explosive.”
That said, Kiper doesn’t rule out a late first-round pick for Moncrief but doesn’t endorse it either.
“With all that in mind he’s an early to middle second-round pick. He’ll probably come on at the pro level. I don’t see him getting out of the second round. Seattle could be looking for a big wide receiver, San Francisco is in that mix, Carolina … all those are late first-round (picks) that could be in play. If he doesn’t go late first-round, which I think is borderline, he’ll go somewhere in Round 2.”