Following the release of DeSean Jackson, there have been plenty of questions about the wide receiver position. While the team has several talented veterans, this is an opportunity to add security and youth to the position in the draft. The Eagles could look to add talent in the early rounds and Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief could be an option for Philadelphia on Day 2.
The No. 2 recruit out of Mississippi in 2011 decided to commit locally with Ole Miss. Moncrief was named a Freshman All-American honorable mention after catching 31 passes for 454 receiving yards and four touchdowns. As a sophomore Moncrief tied the school single-season record with 10 touchdowns. He also added 66 catches (3rd-most in school history) and 979 receiving yards (2nd-most in school history).
As a junior, Moncrief started every game on the season. He had 59 receptions for 938 yards and six touchdowns. He finished his three-year career at Ole Miss ranked third in school history in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He had 156 receptions, 2,371 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns in 38 games.
Weight: 221 lbs
Arm Length: 32 3/8"
Hands: 9 1/8"
40: 4.40 seconds (Tied for 3rd among WRs in 2014)
Bench: 13 reps
Vertical Jump: 39.5 inches (Tied for 3rd among WRs in 2014)
Broad Jump: 132.0 inches (Tied for 1st among WRs in 2014)
3 Cone: 7.02 seconds
Shuttle: 4.30 seconds
Moncrief has a combination of size and speed that will help him excel in the NFL. An athletic talent who uses his size and strength well, Moncrief can get open. He is also a solid blocker and will make catches in traffic. He has shiftiness to his game and is able to evade tackles after the catch. He could be a top No. 2 receiver in the league as his ability to get open on possession catches makes him a chain mover. Moncrief can get open downfield and make a big grab.
Moncrief has okay-to-mediocre hands and tends to round out his routes. He definitely needs to work on the latter of the two issues and it is totally fixable. While his forty-yard dash puts him among the top with speed, his hips are a tad stiff as shown in his 3 Cone.
The Eagles could use another possession receiver and Moncrief fits the bill. The Eagles may prefer a better deep threat to replace Jackson, but Moncrief can add an element to the offense with his size, strength and burst. The Eagles may pass on a first round pick but likely could target Moncrief somewhere on Day 2. He is only 21, so his upside is very real.