DJ Moore Draft Profile
DJ Moore Draft Profile
- Decent size and speed
- Solid locker room presence
- Works back to his quarterback
- Dangerous catch-and-run option on bubble screens and hitches
- Has boosters to accelerate over top of cornerbacks
- Decent return skills
- Strong hands (still has issues with drops)
Analysis: The 2017 Big Ten Receiver of the Year, DJ Moore, was a first-team all-conference selection and 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). Moore possesses a solid combination of size and speed, he is dangerous after the catch and difficult to bring down. He understands his responsibilities and is elite working his way back to the quarterback. His hands are big and strong despite the fact he does have some drops on his resume. DJ Moore is a leader on and off the field and is looked upon highly by coaches and teammates.
- Catch production based heavily on simple throws and routes
- Allows corners to crowd top of his routes
- Doesn’t always burst out of breaks to separate
- Disappointing win percentage on 50-50 balls
- Hasn’t developed feel for body positioning and capturing catch space yet
Analysis: DJ Moore racked up a school-record 80 receptions in 2017, but a high amount of those came on bubble screens, slants and short throws—some scouts say he was ‘game-planned open’ and the Maryland system helped him rack up those numbers. He doesn’t have the greatest burst off the snap and can struggle against physical corners. His ability to create separation leaves a lot to be desired, and he gets crowded by defensive backs before he even makes his break. His tape shows the struggle he has winning 50-50 balls, converting less than half of those in 2017. He is not a deep threat, rather making his living within the first 10 yards of the line of scrimmage.
What the experts say: “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.” NFL.com Lance Zierlein
Size: 6’0 210lbs
Draft Grade: 3rd Round
NFL Comparison: Marvin Jones Jr.
Draft Projection: Round 2-3