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Maryland WR Moore a rising prospect in NFL Draft

Sports Xchange
12 Feb 2018, 02:30 GMT+10

Alabama's Calvin Ridley and Texas AM's Christian Kirk are at the top of what appears to be an average class of wide receivers for the 2018 NFL Draft.

One name to watch is Maryland's DJ Moore.

If he flew under the radar a bit last season in college football, it might be because Maryland had multiple injuries at the quarterback position during a 4-8 season in which the Terrapins won just once after September.

But consider this tidbit: Moore became the first FBS player to record a 1,000-yard receiving season without a quarterback on the team throwing for 1,500 yards since longtime New York Giants standout Hakeem Nicks was catching passes for North Carolina in 2008.

NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Dane Brugler recently ranked Moore at No. 30 on his NFL Big Board, saying that the 5-10, 215-pound Moore "doesn't play small and his tape gives off Steve Smith vibes with his speed, physical presence and instincts downfield."

NFLDraftScout.com Rob Rang added another comparison, writing: "A carbon copy of Detroit's Golden Tate, Moore's running back-like frame, lateral agility and vision make him a big-play threat every time he touches the ball."

Moore's quickness stands out, and Rang also noted Moore's vision as a ball-carrier, including on cut-backs, exhibiting the spatial awareness to feel defenders around him as well as the patience to allow his blocks to develop.

Moore, who left Maryland after his junior season, was highly regarded by the Maryland coaching staff for a "contagious" attitude and work ethic. He projects nicely as a slot receiver, returner and even occasional running back in the NFL.

Moore started all 12 games last season, catching a school single-season record 80 passes for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns. He became just the third player in Maryland history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Moore was voted the Big Ten Receiver of the Year and will compete at the NFL Combine later this month.

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