Rantings from a Wannabe Athlete : Donte Moncrief

Somewhere down in Mississippi, a 6-3, 220 pound receiver dwells. His name is Donte Moncrief and all Ole Miss Rebel fanatics around the globe clamor to feed this unstoppable, unmovable, unimaginable, shark

Height: 6-3

Weight: 220

2371 Receiving Yards

20 Receiving Touchdowns

15.9 Yard Per Reception Average

Projected Round: 2-4

Best Case NFL Comparison: Eric Moulds

Worst Case NFL Comparison: Billy McMullen

Donte Moncrief College Statistics

***Donte Moncrief might not enter the 2014 NFL Draft. At this point, most NFL Scouts view him as a Day 2 or 3 talent who could be drafted as high as the late first round, or as low as the mid fourth. Even if he does not enter, Donte is a player the Jets should be keeping an eye on. By no means do I condone drafting him in the first round at 18 this season.

The numbers do not look impressive. Playing in an explosive offense, one could argue that Donte did not live up to his full potential as a Rebel. Yes, he is near the top of every career receiving category at Ole Miss, but he never was able to put together a 1,000 yard season or 70 receptions. Most of this year, he was double covered which allowed for other receivers such as freshman Laquon Treadwell (look out for this kid) and senior Ja-Mes Logan to set career highs. Against Alabama, stats do not tell the whole story when he accumulated 6 catches for 60 yards. Mediocre? Maybe, but then again, Ole Miss only was able to scribble out 159 passing yards all game. Looking at other performance’s against LSU (5 catches, 107 yards) and Auburn (6 catches, 122 yards, 2 touchdowns), solid stat lines which do not truly capture his work ethic or ability including the fact that he was featured on’s offseason "Freaks List," a collection of the best athletes in college football.

40 yard dash, vertical jump, and bench press have become synonymous with player evaluation. Journalists, scouts, and fans alike scour the internet for up to date numbers about their favorite future professionals. These vital statistics measure tangibles assets such as speed, strength, athleticism, agility and more. However, one attribute is often overlooked. 25 years ago if I would have told the average New Yorker that the NFL Combine would become a national event, drawing over 7 million viewers, they would have laughed. Don’t get me wrong, I love the combine. Watching the future of football is superior to watching anything else on daytime television. The numbers it provides are great tools for validating previous opinions made through film study, game statistics and even casual observances. However one attribute is often overlooked: character.

Repeat it with me: Character.

At a position such as Wide Receiver, character often gets overlooked. Legendary names such as Randy Moss and Terrell Owens come to mind. These players often let their off the field issues overshadow success on it. Both had something positive in common: the character trait of hard work. Maybe character is the wrong word, but guys such as T.O. and active players such as Dez Bryant do whatever it takes to succeed on the field (not off it). Whether that means catching a 1,000 balls a day or never eating McDonalds, they strive to be great. When building a team, not just in football but in life, I want men who will sacrifice everything to become a champion. I want men of character.

What sets Donte Moncrief apart is his work ethic and commitment to his craft. In an interview with the Clarion Ledger he was quoted saying"Last time I ate McDonald’s was probably at the beginning of the season" and "You get to the point where you have to take care of your body, and if you do then your body will take care of you. " Everyone around the Oxford, Mississippi campus raves about his work ethic. He is the kind of guy who lives by the first one in, last one out mentality. His dedication and overall ability make him worthy of a long look by the Jets.

Thank you for your time. Comments/Thoughts Appreciated

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