Having dined on SEC defenses for three seasons, Donte Moncrief was ready to move on to the next course, electing to forego his senior season at Ole Miss and take his appetite to the pros. From now on, the Colts will be feeding him.
The Indianapolis Colts have selected Moncrief with the No. 26 pick of the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Moncrief is the 14th receiver off the board and fifth out of the SEC. Going ahead of him were conference brethren Texas A&M's Mike Evans, LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, and Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews.
Moncrief was arguably the best wide receiver to ever come through Oxford, and his name is littered across the Rebel record books despite his truncated stay. He left Ole Miss third in program history in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns and sits in second in number of 100-yard receiving games.
Some questioned his decision to go pro after a somewhat disappointing junior season. But in a sport as violent as football, when career-ending injuries can happen at any moment, taking the sure money was the right move, and one that was validated by his selection on Friday.
"Well, my dad fell ill a year or two ago, so my mom was always paying the bills and working," Moncrief told me last month in regards to his decision to declare. "So that was a big thing for me. And now that I have a seven-month-old daughter, I want to be able to take care of her. So those were the biggest two things about coming out."
OvertheCap.com estimates the No. 90 overall pick will earn a four-year, $2.85 million contract. That should be plenty to #FeedMoncrief, his family and whoever the hell else he so desires.