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Donte Moncrief declares for NFL draft

Wide receiver Donte Moncrief will reportedly forego his final year of eligibility to put his name in the 2014 NFL draft pool.

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Mississippi wide receiver Donte Moncrief will enter the 2014 NFL draftaccording to Brett McMurphy or ESPN.

Moncrief is rated the No. 7 wide receiver by Dan Kadar of Mocking the Draft, and is ranked No. 61 overall in the Top 100 rankings. The junior decided to forego his final year of eligibility in a season that saw him finish slightly below his 2012 totals with 938 yards and six touchdowns.

The 20-year-old Moncrief is one of the draft's most physically imposing receivers, boasting similar size to Julio Jones of the Atlanta FalconsRed Cup Rebellion reflected on his career at Ole Miss, pondering whether Moncrief's best move could have been to stay at the school one more year and enter a 2015 class projected to be less stocked with receivers:

Still, there's certainly validity to the argument he can raise his stock by coming back to Oxford for another year. An improved offensive line and a healthier, more experienced Dr. Bo could lead to a monster 2014 season. Moncrief could also have a bit less competition among his draft-bound peers -- while CBS Sports rates him the No. 16 wideout in this year's class, they have him No. 4 for 2015.

Moncrief's 2013 season was down as a whole, but he had five signature games in which he finished with over 100 yards receiving, including six receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown in a win over Georgia Tech in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Saturday saw reports of two top receivers electing to declare for the draft. Moncrief is joined by fellow junior Sammy Watkins of Clemson, who declared earlier in the evening. Watkins is currently regarded as the top receiver in the draft and likely a top-10 selection, while Moncrief will likely hear his name called at the top of the second round.

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