2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: D.J. Moore
By Charlie Campbell
Summary: Entering the 2017 season, Moore wasn't discussed as one of the top receivers in college football, but that is what he became. He was excellent for Maryland, making a lot of big plays for his team. As a freshman in 2015, Moore made 25 catches for 357 yards and three scores. In his sophomore year, he totaled 41 catches for 637 yards and six scores. His best season came as a junior, when Maryland did a better job of working the ball to him. Moore totaled 80 catches for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns for 2017.
Moore is a gritty receiver with speed and quickness to generate separation. With his vertical speed and suddenness out of breaks, Moore is a threat to stretch the field and can challenge defensive backs deep downfield. Moore is a competitive, aggressive, and fights defenders to make catches over them. Moore is very good after the catch, possessing elusive moves in the open field to dodge tacklers. He also used his strong build to break tackles and bully defensive backs. Routinely, you would see Moore generate a lot of yards after the catch by juking defenders and running through tackles of defensive backs. Moore has strong hands and is natural catching the ball.
Moore ran a limited number of routes in college, but on the routes he did run, he executed them well. As a pro, Moore is going to need to learn more routes and refine his technique as a route-runner. While he doesn't have elite size, he could be a slot or outside receiver as a pro.
Moore could be a really good No. 2 receiver in the NFL, and you can't rule out that he battles his way into being a team's No. 1. In the 2018 NFL Draft, Moore looks like a second-day pick. Multiple teams tell me they are projecting Moore to the second round, and some think he could slip to the third and that he won't last long if he gets there. Most likely, Moore ends up being a second-rounder.
Player Comparison: Jarvis Landry. Moore reminds me of Landry with his gritty style of play. Both Landry and Moore have good hands, quickness, suddenness, and intense competitive drive. Landry (5-11, 208) is almost identical in size to Moore. Landry was a second-round pick - No. 63 overall - in the 2014 NFL Draft, and Moore will probably go in the same range this year.
NFL Matches: Cleveland, San Francisco, Chicago, Denver, Washington, Arizona, Buffalo, Baltimore and Jacksonville
There are a lot of teams that could be in the market for a wide receiver upgrade in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Browns need more receiving talent for their offense as they can't count on Josh Gordon to stay on the field and Corey Coleman hasn't panned out yet. With their second-round picks and third-rounder, the Browns could consider a receiver like Moore on Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Bears and 49ers both could use more pass-catching weapons for their offenses. Chicago badly needs more weapons for Mitch Trubisky, while Moore would be a nice fit for Kyle Shanahan across from Marquise Goodwin.
The Broncos, Redskins and Cardinals all could be in the market for a receiver upgrade. Denver could look for some young receiving talent. The Redskins signed Terrelle Pryor, but he is entering free agency after underwhelming with the Redskins. Arizona has to consider life after Larry Fitzgerald and could use more receiving talent around the future Hall of Famer.
In Florida, the Jaguars could target a receiver like Moore if Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee aren't re-signed.
The Bills and Ravens also are in the market for receiver help. Buffalo has two second-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft and could have a diverse trio with Moore, Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones. Baltimore badly needs more receiving talent for its offense. Moore would make a lot of sense for the Ravens on Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft.
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