The KC Chief's need a Wide Receiver to play opposite of Dwayne Bowe. There are couple of reason why this is a position of need. One the Chief's WR position has been one of the worst in production in the NFL (Well due to new system, plus new QB). Second reason KC needs younger and cheaper players in this position to move forward to become stable (not to just plug Free Agents and hope).
To play wide receiver well, a player must possess a combination of physical traits. Body control and agility are essential to a receiver’s success. A great receiver is such a complicated combination of traits—agility, body control, strength, quickness, soft hands, physical stamina, concentration, focus, toughness, pride, eye–hand coordination, vision, intelligence, the ability to conceptualize concepts. The receiver position is one where in college you can get by from just being more athletic, bigger, or faster than the next guy.
Once these guys make the jump to the NFL, things are much more complicated. First, the routes you typically run in a college system are far less complex (most of the time) and don’t do a great job of preparing you for the diverse schemes and routes in the NFL. In college, receivers will usually run digs, hooks, posts, and 9 routes (fly or a streak). Once you get to the pros receivers will see more option routes (which could involve up to three different routes) where they will have to adjust to the coverage and change their route in a split second. This is also why quickness and agility take precedence over sheer speed. To become a starting receiver in the league you must also be strong and have the ability to block effectively.
With that I give you
Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Height: 6-3. Weight: 226.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2014): 2-4
2013: Started in all 13 games. 2012: Played in all 13 games and made 12 starts. 2011: Started all 12 games as a freshman. Led team in receptions (31), receiving yards (454), receiving touchdowns (4).
Analysis from the experts
STRENGTHS: Moncrief's thick frame, deceptive speed and smooth route-running make him a nightmare for cornerbacks. He does not possess the explosive moves of Southern Cal's Marqise Lee or Clemson's Sammy Watkins but might be a better player than either of them. He is sudden in his breaks, showing the ability to generate separation even against tight man coverage, and accelerates quickly, often leaving defenders in his dust on double-moves. Moncrief tracks the ball well and generally shows excellent hands (one drop vs. Texas), as well as the body control to make the dazzling grab. Moncrief is also cognizant in the running game, showing awareness and toughness as a downfield blocker
WEAKNESSES: Perhaps the only thing standing in Moncrief's way of becoming the first "skill-position" player from Mississippi to earn a first round draft selection since Eli Manning (No. 1 overall, 2004) is the question about his straight-line speed. Moncrief was not caught from behind on tapes viewed but the big-bodied receiver may not possess elite timed speed.
Donte only ran a (4.4) 40-yard dash at the combine but watching tons of tape on this guy and I have not seen once in his career get caught from behind so to me he's got that "deceptive" speed. Also to Donte credit when he played against top teams in SEC such as LSU and Alabama he stepped up his game and level of play! Will he be there in the 3rd round? Or can the Chief's trade down to 2nd. Because this kid would be a huge reach to take with the 23rd pick. Who knows what can happen. Only one can hope, but this kid has what it takes to play in the NFL.