Donte Moncrief And The BucsMarch 25th, 2014
Yes, many Bucs fans are all worked up about the Bucs drafting a wide receiver. And this was before Mike Williams’ brother (allegedly) decided to go all Ginsu and knife Williams in the thigh Sunday.
The majority of those same fans are fixated on the shiniest lure in the pond, and that is Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. But indefatigable Xs and Os guy Doug Farrar, whose specialties are breaking down film 20 hours a day and sniping about football announcers an hour a day (Joe truly believes Farrar wants to seal club Phil Simms for reasons Joe isn’t quite sure), thinks the Bucs might be better off going for value in a draft that is so deep at receiver. Joe agrees. Joe was told by an NFL general manager that quality starters can be had in the third round.
Now Joe has been on the Allen Robinson bandwagon, if he falls to the third round. Robinson is projected as a mid- to low-second round pick. Farrar believes Bucs general manager Jason Licht would be wise to select Donte Moncrief from Ole Miss.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Let’s say the Bucs — who probably won the 2014 free agency period — feel sure enough about their potential position in the NFC South to release receiver Mike Williams, whose off-field issues just keep piling up. Perhaps in that case, they’d look for an unheralded player who’s shown up well on tape at times and has interesting potential.
Moncrief is such a player. He’s not talked about as a top-five player at his position in this draft class, and that’s understandable. There are times when he doesn’t fight for the ball as much as you’d like, he struggles to gain separation in relation to his timed speed and he needs to string together better moments more consistently. But in the right offense, and without the demands of being a No. 1 receiver, Moncrief could help out with his route development and tough blocking.
Joe hasn’t seen enough of Moncrief to make any determination, but from what Farrar writes, it sounds as if Moncrief is a project. If that is the case, then Moncrief might be a third-day draft pick.
With the draft so deep at wide receiver, Joe somehow doubts Licht will draft a project wide receiver in the third round. If the Bucs are going to draft a wide receiver, then they’ll want a guy who can step in and contribute right away, not sit in the background and learn the ropes.