Kiper: Moncrief needs to be more physical to succeed in NFL

In early March ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper thought there was a possibility that Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief could be picked in the first round.

Wednesday, in a media conference call, Kiper projected Moncrief solidly in the second round.

“He’s a second-round pick, and there are a host of teams that need wide receivers. Somewhere in that second round he comes off the board,” Kiper said.

Prior to his NFL combine experience Moncrief had been projected as a third- or fourth-round selection in a draft heavy with underclass entries at his position. Nine of the top 10 wide receivers are underclassmen, according to Kiper.

It seems that it was difficult for Kiper to get a read on Moncrief early. Back in March Kiper said, “Donte Moncrief is an enigma. He’s an incredible talent, big, athletic and fast. 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. He flashed it, he had some drops, but he was not as explosive.”

At that time Kiper left open a first-round possibility for Moncrief. With the May 8-10 draft much closer, Kiper is much more certain of a second-round pick.

Moncrief’s biggest challenge to succeed at the next level is to become more physical.

“He has to become more physical and get off press coverage. He has to maximize all the skills he brings to the position. You did not see that utilized on the field. He was not able to translate all that talent to the field on a regular basis. Quarterback play was a factor and was sketchy at times, but there corners he should have been able to dominate, and some games he did.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

Posted in Football Tagged with: , , ,
  • Nigel Gruff

    So now both trophies are in Starkville and it looks like the black bear baseball team is doing their annual thing….TANKING…Mississippi State is on the rise and Old Myth is taking on water, floating listlessly in open water as they watch the sharks gather for the feast.

  • Nigel Gruff

    A bad weekend in the Bluegrass state and it will be “see ya” to a top 25 ranking. What is it about Old Myth? They start out with high hopes, only to have those hopes come pummeling down, like a cannon in the rain.

    • cid riley

      are you me as well?

      • karl hungus

        don’t be silly. he is me.

        • Nigel Gruff

          I forget who I am sometimes I have so many internet names.

          • Killer_Beeze

            A psychiatrist would diagnose your (Cid, Karl, Nigel)condition as:

            Dissociative identity disorder. Previously known as multiple personality disorder. It’s a result of severe trauma during early childhood, usually extreme, repetitive physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.

  • Nigel Gruff

    I see there is a spy among us. Now we know that all those Cid’s, Buell’s and the like are….. one anonymous person, who posts as many people, signs in as a guest. What a clown. If it doesn’t have this avatar, then it isn’t me. I believe that the blackbears will lose 2 of 3 to the Wildcats and drop, like a bad hedge fund, into oblivion.

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      I am sure you have had trouble with people wanting to be you all your life. Sister told me that she wanted to be like you, she just did not want to pull that last tooth.

  • Nigel Gruff

    The clown even posted as me, a mere 20 minutes ago. He is probably the guy that hung those 3 championship banners….LMAO.

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      Karl, you are scaring me. You have finally lost it. GET YOURSELF TOGETHER MAN. If not for yourself, for all of us Bulldog losers who depend on you embarrassing yourself for us so we do not have too.

  • JB

    Regardless in which round Donte Moncrief is drafted would like to see him wearing a NO saint uniform next season.

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      That would be good.

  • Nigel Gruff

    I just started posting on this blog, today. Been reading for a couple of weeks. Y’all some crazy people. Swapping names and sayin’ this one’s that one…Hell, I feel like I’m in a Dr. Seuss movie…-_-

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      The bad language is going to be a problem, Karl. I think that will get you banned quickly.

  • Nigel Gruff

    Are all you blackbears like these that post on here? No wonder there are so many making fun of y’all…WOW!

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      It really only seems to be you, Karl. I must be lonely being the king.

    • JB

      I am not a Blackbear, ima REBEL!!!

  • Nigel Gruff

    Most mock drafts have Moncrief going to Tha Raiders in the second round…good fit for him….love that silver n black.

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      I think Elvis was a big Raiders fan.

  • Nigel Gruff

    Now if I understand y’all, someone will either pretend to be me or will say that I’m Cid or Karl..right?

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      Exactly, Karl!

  • Nigel Gruff

    Supporters are raising funds for a Joe Paterno statue to be placed in the downtown area…might be good idea for the Meredith staue…cops can make sure no Ole Miss students put another noose around it’s neck.

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      Yes maybe they should put a noise around the staue. I am beginning to think you may be a 12 year old girl Karl, you certainly spell like one.

      • Nigel Gruff

        Huh? Noise? Man you need some serious help.

  • Nigel Gruff

    Like I said…some fool will say that they’re me or accuse me of being someone else…Dr. Suess would be proud of you. Wow! Somebody has been smokin some devil’s lettuce…get a grip.

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      Dr Suess references. Let’s make that a 6 year old girl.

  • Nigel Gruff

    No offense JB! I believe you to be who you say you are. You go back to the days when The Rebels were the Rebels…these newcomers are blackbears….

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      Rebels, blackbears and most normal people find your posts offensive. That is why everybody down here at the trailer park like you so much Karl. Keep up the offensive!

  • Nigel Gruff

    I realize the Dr. Suess books may be too advanced for a simpleton such as yourself. It’s for all the others.

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      No, sister and I I love the foot book and green eggs and ham. Little words and silly. That is another reason we love reading your posts Karl. But this post made sister cry. Short and bitter. It reminds her of dear old dad after he lost his job and was drinking too much.

      • spitune mary

        u liv nigl loan. His myne. i luv his.

  • Nigel Gruff

    Freeze talking about commitment. He tweeted a bunch of crap about not changing your mind once you’re committed, regardless of the mood you’re in? This comes from a guy that does everything he can to get recruits to flip from another school to his…now that spells hypocrisy.

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      The irony! The irony! This coming from a small man who can’t even keep the same fake persona that he hides behind for more than a couple of weeks. Karl, this is why we love to read your comments down at the trailer park. Some one who is small and bitter. Some one who does no good. It seems as the point of your life is just to bother fans of another school who want to read a trusted reporters accounts of their school. A sad little bitter mind and a sad little life. Keep it up Karl, it makes us all feel good about ourselves.

    • TheGiantRebel

      Thats not how his tweet was intended. and you know it. He later tweeted that it wasnt about football. LOL. Nigel = Typical Moo U fan = obsessed with ALL things Ole Miss. I bet you cant sleep at night because you worry so much about the Flagship University. There is obviously a lot of hate in your soul!

  • Nigel Gruff

    Freeze would make a great used car salesman. He would sell poop on a stick to a blind person and call it a fudgecicle.

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      Good one Karl. That is one of the favorite things my dad used to say about Pres. Clinton, then he would throw his empty beer can at the television. An oldie but a goodie, Karl.

  • spitune mary

    eye dunt kar wut nam his usis. his mi heero. hoo els kin tipe so miny posts?

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      Certainly not anyone with a job or friends, Karl. If it were not not my check and my sister, I would probably be a bitter little man myself, Karl.

  • Nigel Gruff

    So, you don’t dispute my comments. You deflect from the truth and go into making jokes about me or say that I’m someone else. It’s the Old Myth way, I suppose.

    • spitune mary

      u wont me two beet thum up 4 u, Nigl darlun?

      • Ilovebulldoglosers

        This is really sort of sad, Karl. And it offends sister just a little since she has to use a cup since her spitune was stolen at the last Bulldog Baseball game at Starkville.

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      No dispute from me Karl. Who can dispute? You think of something stupid to write then you write it. Go boy!

  • Nigel Gruff

    At least by not disputing the facts, in essence you are all agreeing with me and that’s a step towards healing what ails you. So that’s a good thing.

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      No facts to dispute Karl. Don’t try to start using facts. That would not be like you, Karl. We like your sad little made up stories.

  • Nigel Gruff

    It’s exactly like when the blackbears get beat, it’s a bad call, or somehow you got cheated. You just can’t admit defeat. It’s always been that way and I guess it’ll never change.

    • spitune mary

      u tale em, nigl. u hav a way with words.

      • Ilovebulldoglosers

        Translation = “I have to make up a fan of myself. Man am I a loser”
        You are right Karl, Keep it up.

    • Ilovebulldoglosers

      Translation = Karl says “I won anyway”

  • spitune mary

    eye dunt evn no wut dispute meens but it souns gud wen my ngl sez it

Parrish’s Twitter Feed

Meet the Writers

JD and Parrish

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 29 other subscribers