D.J. MOORE

Maryland
WR

Prospect Info

College
Maryland
Hometown
Class
Philadelphia, PA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
210 lbs
31 5/8”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.86
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Carolina
Panthers
Round 1 ‧ Pick 24
40 Yard Dash
4.42
Seconds
 
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
39.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
132.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.95
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.07
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.18
Seconds
 
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The 2017 Big Ten Receiver of the Year and first-team all-conference selection stood out despite catching passes from four different quarterbacks last season. He started all 12 games, making 80 receptions (a school record) for 1,033 yards and eight scores. Moore also led the team in receiving as a sophomore, grabbing 41 passes for 637 yards and six touchdowns, while serving as the top kick returner (15 returns, 334 yards). The Pennsylvania all-state high school receiver and former four-star recruit stepped into a starting role as a true freshman, beginning the final 10 games of 12 played (25 receptions, 357 yards, three touchdowns).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 1-2
NFL Comparison
Stefon Diggs
Overview
Moore is bigger than former Terrapin wideout Stefon Diggs, but their playing style and athletic ability while at Maryland are similar. Moore doesn't have the height and length teams look for outside and may become a full-time option from the slot. He clearly has the short-area quickness and talent after the catch to handle those duties, but his route-running needs to become more focused and fast to unlock his potential. He has Day 2 talent and could become an early contributor as a receiver and punt returner.
Strengths
  • Very good combination of size and speed
  • Well-liked by coaching staff
  • Considered accountable and a good teammate
  • Took on extremely heavy target rate (39.5 percent) for offense ravaged by injuries at quarterback
  • Quick feet can bound and burst past press coverage
  • Has boosters to accelerate over top of cornerbacks
  • Plus short-area foot quickness
  • Works back to his quarterback
  • Hands aren't exceptional, but they are solid and strong
  • Has athletic talent to contort and snag throws way behind him
  • Dangerous catch-and-run option on bubble screens and hitches
  • Slippery runner after catch
  • Wiggles and claws to shake tacklers and stack yardage
  • Added punt returner to his resume in 2017
Weaknesses
  • Catch production based heavily on simple throws and routes
  • Needs to play with same competitiveness as a route-runner that he does after the catch
  • Doesn't play with consistent vertical push
  • Allows corners to crowd top of his routes
  • Glides rather than explodes out of breaks
  • Doesn't always burst out of breaks to separate
  • Slow to sink and settle into breaks on intermediate routes
  • Relatively ineffective working downfield
  • Disappointing win percentage on 50-50 balls
  • Hasn't developed feel for body positioning and capturing catch space yet
  • Wasn't on same route page with quarterbacks at times

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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