Daurice Fountain

Northern Iowa
WR

Prospect Info

College
Northern Iowa
Hometown
Class
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Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
210 lbs
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Hands
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Prospect Grade

5.39
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Indianapolis
Colts
Round 5 ‧ Pick 22
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Fountain was a four-year contributor for the Panthers coming out of Wisconsin, where he was an All-State pick and the Wisconsin State Journal's Male Athlete of the Year for the Madison area as a senior. He played in all 14 games as a reserve in 2014 (10-117, one touchdown). Fountain led the team in receiving as a sophomore (41-604, five touchdowns) for the first of three straight seasons after starting 13 of 14 games played. In 2016, he started all 11 games, catching 33 passes for 413 yards and five scores. Fountain's offense used him to a tee as a senior, allowing him to snare 66 throws for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns and earn first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5th-6th
Overview
One-year wonder with the requisite height, weight, and speed numbers to interest teams looking for a plus athlete to develop. While Fountain should test well, his route running and ball skills aren't where they need to be and the jump in competition will make that transition challenging. However, Fountain's strong showing at the Shrine Game practices likely increased the number of teams who will target him on Day 3.
Strengths
  • Explosive athlete
  • State champion hurdler and long jumper in high school
  • Crosses up slot corners with effective outside-in release
  • Accelerates quickly leaving defenders playing catch up
  • Plays with a bounding energy in space
  • Pushes hard up the field to set up stop routes
  • After separating on vertical routes, uses clever off-hand push when ball comes out to keep the window as wide as possible
  • Shows off explosive leaping ability when climbing the ladder on jump balls
  • Mid-air adjustments come easily
  • Flashed physical ability to make acrobatic finishes
  • Always knows where the first down marker is
  • Capable playmaker after the catch
Weaknesses
  • Had games where he just disappeared
  • Level of cornerback play in his conference was subpar
  • Needs to improve release angle against press to survive in NFL
  • Relies on explosiveness over technique as route-runner
  • Looks like a step-counter
  • Needs excessive settle steps to stop and open on some intermediate routes
  • Ball skills are below average
  • Picks the deep ball up too late and struggles to win 50/50 balls due to mistimed leaps
  • Has unorthodox running style with feet swinging way outside of his frame when turning in space

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league