Height: 6’1” / Weight: 206 pounds / Age: 22
40 Yard Dash: 4.51 / Bench Reps: 14 / Vertical Jump: 42.5” / Broad Jump: 134” / 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.29 / 3 Cone Drill: 7.02
*All measurables recorded are from Fountain’s Pro Day as he was not a Combine invite
Receptions: 150 / Yards: 2,077 / Yards Per Catch: 13.8 / Touchdowns: 23
Body Control/ Jump Ball Ability
One of the best traits a receiver can posses is elite body control. Andrew Luck is an excellent quarterback but not every ball will always be on target. What separates a good receiver from a great one is the ability to adjust to poorly thrown balls and still get results on those plays.
Fountain excelled at this in college.
The QB at Northern Iowa was very sporadic with his accuracy and Fountain often times had to twist and contort his body just to have a chance on deep balls. This often helped him on 50/50 balls as well as even if he mistimed his jump, he still had enough control in the air to make a play on the ball. This trait could help Fountain see some playing time early as Donte Moncrief’s departure leaves the roster short of a 50/50 receiver.
Fountain’s explosive scores at his Pro Day were pretty insane. His 42” Vertical Jump and 134” Broad Jump scores would have both been the best for all wide receivers at the combine. These impressive measurables show up on tape as he’s very explosive and quick out of his breaks when route running.
His Vertical Jump is often times on full display when he perfectly times his jumps, flying high over any defensive back trying to cover him. Although his speed didn’t measure as elite (4.51 40 Time), he closes gaps on defenders very quickly and often times found himself behind the corners tasked with covering him. Overall the dynamic athleticism that Fountain brings to the Colts is very enticing.
Yards After Catch Ability
In TY Hilton’s time with the Colts, the team has failed to pair a wide receiver with him who can truly create yards after the catch. The team tried to get this ability out of players such as Phillip Dorsett, Donte Moncrief, and the ghost of Andre Johnson to no avail.
Fountain on the other hand can create after the catch. Due to his deep speed and big play ability, teams often played soft coverage on Fountain. As a result, Fountain would make defenses pay by taking screens or drag routes long distances. With his speed and pretty good open field elusiveness, Fountain not only gives Andrew Luck an outlet underneath but gives him an outlet that can turn a measly 5 yard catch into a big gain.
One major concern for Fountain coming out of Northern Iowa is his lack of a full route tree. He wasn’t asked to run a variety of routes in college, mostly running just vertical routes with some screens, drags, and comebacks mixed in to keep defenses honest.
Another issue I noticed when watching his film was that he lacked overall nuance in his routes. By this I mean routes are not always crisp and he struggles to set up defenders with jab steps or other counters. When running vertical he tends to get driven to the sideline too often by corners, limiting his ability to make a play.
To really succeed in the NFL he will have to really develop the routes he can run and expand his knowledge on the overall route tree that the team asks of him.
Level of Competition
I can already envision the comments on this scouting report saying that level of competition shouldn’t be a weakness but it is a concern for me with Fountain. This actually ties in with the above point too as I see the learning curve being a lot steeper for a guy like Fountain because he dominated last season mainly due to his athleticism rather than his nuanced ability to play receiver.
Can he win with athleticism in the NFL? Sure. Can he rely on it as much as he could playing against 1-AA opponents? Absolutely not. Overall my main concern here is his learning curve will likely be pretty steep year one due to the jump from 1-AA to the pro game where he can’t just dominate every defender with his athleticism.
Pro Comps For Fountain:
I saw Paul Richardson when watching him— Zach Hicks (@ZachHicks2) July 15, 2018
159. @Colts select Daurice Fountain, WR from Northern Iowa. FINALLY Colts get a WR. Like the pick. good size/frame, elite athleticism, shows good quickness, can win in the air, adjust his body, must continue to improve his route running, big time upside,reminds me of Chris Conley— Paul Perdichizzi (@paulie23ny) April 28, 2018
Overall I really like the long term upside that Daurice Fountain brings to the Colts. He has the intangibles you really look for in a good WR2 in the league. He is very athletic and explosive along with boasting really impressive body control.
My only drawback with him is that I do think it will be some time until he sees real involvement in the offense due to the steep learning curve that he will have to go through. From everything that I’ve read about him, though, he is a very hardworking, motivated kid so I have no doubts that he will do whatever it takes to really develop his game. Overall, I really like his fit with the Colts and am really excited for his long term role with the team.