The Herald Bulletin

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May 18, 2014

Moncrief off and running in the NFL

INDIANAPOLIS — Donte Moncrief's biggest adjustment to the NFL might come in the form of Andrew Luck. Quite literally.

"I didn't know he was that big, honestly," the Indianapolis Colts' third-round draft pick said during the team's rookie mini-camp this weekend. "When I first saw him, I was like, 'Wow, this guy's really big.' He really can spin them, man. It's just something to get used to."

That's what this week was for at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, beginning to get used to life at the next level.

Moncrief was Mississippi's leading receiver in each of the past two seasons. But his production dipped from his breakout sophomore year (66 catches, 979 yards, 10 touchdows) to his junior campaign (53, 825, 5).

With a 10-month-old daughter at home and his father, Spencer, battling serious illness, Moncrief made the decision to enter the NFL draft a year early.

"My dad was diagnosed with a bone disease my freshman year in college so my mom was all alone working," Moncrief said. "Just watching that and seeing that, I wanted to help my family."

That decision could prove to be a boon for the Colts.

Moncrief slipped into the third round, and Indianapolis was more than happy to take him off the board with the 90th overall pick.

He's been timed at 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and he has good size at 6-foot-2 and 221 pounds. He's also a physical player who enjoys the sometimes grueling task of blocking on the outside egde.

"Kinda what we saw on tape," Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said of Moncrief's work in this weekend's mini-camp. "Big, smooth, athletic guy. He's a 4.36, I think, coming out. Doesn't look like it, but he just gets behind people, beats people, catches the ball well, picked things up mentally really good."

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