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2016 Should Be Breakout Season for Colts’ Donte Moncrief

Colts Donte Moncrief

Currently undervalued in early fantasy mock drafts, Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief stands to have a breakout year in 2016. As I touched on last season, Moncrief could be the greatest benefactor of Rob Chudzinski’s new offense. He’s a classic Chud guy.

Chudzinski has been a creative coordinator in his career and he’s particularly known for building strong running games and for making excellent use of the X receiver. Chud comes from the Don Coryell school of offense and the “Air Coryell” system is certainly something he’s made use of in the past. Stretching the field and taking advantage of size mismatches and one-on-one scenarios with larger receivers has been a noted identifier in some of his systems of old. Think Braylon Edwards in Cleveland. During Chud’s time as Offensive Coordinator in Cleveland Edwards was a prototypical big bodied and athletic X receiver and Chud used him well. He was targeted 292 times while pulling in 135 receptions for 2,162 yards and 19 touchdowns in two seasons.

donte-moncrief-2015-01Moncrief and Braylon Edwards are very comparable. 6’2″ (Braylon is 6’3″, but meh). 220 pounds. 4.40 40-yard-dash time. Moncrief has already shown that he has playmaker ability. Combine that with good size and speed, and it’s a potential winning combination going forward in a tweaked system that could showcase his skills. It certainly can’t hurt that he will have a healthy Andrew Luck slinging the ball, too.

In 2015 Moncrief had 64 receptions for 733 yards and 6 touchdowns. In terms of receptions, he was second on the team behind T.Y. Hilton and he wasn’t far behind. Going into 2016 the Colts will be fully entrenched in a new Chudzinski offensive system, and they should have a solid array of weapons. The combination of Hilton and Moncrief could be a dominant 1-2 receiver corps, and I expect to see a big leap in production from Moncrief. Current ADP data has him going as the thirty forth (34) wide receiver off the board in early mock drafts, so that means he could come at a great value in your upcoming drafts.

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