The Colts continued to take skill players late in the draft, using the first of their two 5th round picks to take wide receiver Daurice Fountain.
Indianapolis needed to increase the depth at the wide receiver position. They did just that picking up Daurice Fountain out of Northern Iowa. He joins T.Y. Hilton, Ryan Grant, and Chester Rogers as the main wide receivers in Indy.
Fountain played at Northern Iowa, which isn’t major college football. He ended up with 66 catches for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns during his senior year, which should alleviate some of those concerns. Having that many touchdowns at any level of football is a good sign.
Fountain isn’t particularly large for a wide receiver, standing 6 foot 1 and 210 pounds. He does use his frame well though. He is able to keep himself in position for catches by using his body in the air well. Corners have a hard time knocking the ball away from him.
There is concern about how his game will translate at the next level. He never had a 1000 yard season in college. He also didn’t have more than 5 touchdown catches in a single season until his senior year. Doing that in the Missouri Valley is concerning because that is not top notch competition.
The Colts just need bodies at the wide receiver position. Fountain probably won’t factor into any major plans early on in his career. He could be a special teams guy, as well as a fourth of fifth option at receiver. He needs to get stronger and learn how to contribute to the team in little ways.
Fountain could improve to eventually be a decent backup, but that seems to be his ceiling. The team would be okay getting that out of a fifth round pick. Maybe he improves more, but only time will tell.