Top 5 Colts Positional Battles to Watch: Post-Draft
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1. Three’s Company at Wideout
Incumbent: Donte Moncrief
Challenger: Phillip Dorsett
The Colts know that young star T.Y. Hilton and recently signed veteran Andre Johnson will be #1 and #2 respectively on their wide receiver depth chart, but the question remains who will be accompanying them in 3-wideout sets. While their wide receiver group was already seemingly deep enough, the team selected Miami (Fla.) wideout Phillip Dorsett with their late first round pick; raising questions, eye brows, and opposing defensive coordinators’ blood pressure.
The team has to be happy with emerging soon-to-be second-year wideout Donte Moncrief, as he was one of the few lone bright spots in their wide receiving game last season besides Hilton. Moncrief is coming off an impressive rookie season in which he caught 32 receptions for 444 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, and was pretty much the featured #2 wideout in the offense late in the season and playoffs due to the struggles of both Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks. He’s an impressive athlete, who boasts both speed and power to his receiving game at 6’2″, 221 pounds, while running around a 4.40 forty time.
Yet, none of that stopped the Colts from adding significant competition to their wideout group, as Dorsett figures to be a deep speed threat and dynamic slot receiver right out of the gates. The 5’10”, 185 pound wideout is a blur with a 4.33 combine forty time and figures to provide the offense with yet another explosive playmaker in the receiving game.
Moncrief may be the “veteran” here, but it’s worth noting that he’s actually younger than Dorsett at 21 years of age to Dorsett’s 22. The “rookie” could very well unseat the still very much green “veteran”, all things considered. This should be perhaps the biggest and best battle of all of the positions, as it’s the closest in age and ability, as both wideouts appear to be special talents.
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