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D.J. Moore Wide Receiver Maryland Terrapins 5-10 215 4.55 #1 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Bolles High School
12/19/17 - Maryland record-breaking receiver DJ Moore will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Moore was selected first-team All-Big Ten after setting a school record with 80 catches for 1,033 yards. He also scored eight touchdowns. Moore ends his Maryland career with 146 receptions, fifth-most in school history. His 17 TD catches rank fourth, and he is only the fifth Terrapin to amass more than 2,000 yards receiving. Maryland coach DJ Durkin says, "We'll miss him as a member of our team, but could not be more proud to have him represent us in the NFL." Moore excelled in 2017 even though Maryland used five quarterbacks and finished 4-8. He says, "I have had an incredible three years playing for the Terps and I will truly miss playing in front of our fans."…
2017 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR DJ Moore, Maryland,...A First Team All-Big Ten honoree, Moore led the league with a single-season school record 80 receptions and 1,033 receiving yards. The Philadelphia native is one of just three receivers in the country with 80 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Moore ranked seventh nationally in total receptions and has a catch in 33 consecutive games. The junior is the first wide receiver from a Power 5 conference to record a 1,000-yard season in which no quarterbacks on the roster threw from at least 1,500 yards since North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks in 2008. Moore ended his junior season with 146 career catches, a mark that ranks fifth in Maryland history. His 2,027 career receiving yards makes him just the fifth player in Maryland history to eclipse the 2,000 career receiving yards plateau. - Maryland Football
11/30/17 - 2017 BIG TEN RICHTER-HOWARD RECEIVER OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): DJ Moore, Maryland...Also a First Team All-Big Ten honoree, Moore led the league with a single-season school record 80 receptions and 1,033 receiving yards. The Philadelphia native is one of just three receivers in the country with 80 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Moore ranked seventh nationally in total receptions and has a catch in 33 consecutive games. The junior is the first wide receiver from a Power 5 conference to record a 1,000-yard season in which no quarterbacks on the roster threw from at least 1,500 yards since North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks in 2008.
…One of the easiest ways to evaluate wide receivers is to simply ask the quarterback(s) on the team to name their favorite target. Scouts need not ask Maryland's passers - there were four of them in 2017 - this question, as Moore's school record 80 receptions for a career-high 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns provide all the answer one needs.
How reliant upon Moore was Maryland? Consider that he 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.
Moore signed with the Terrapins as a well-known playmaker out of Philadelphia. He wasted little time in making an impact, playing in all 12 games as a true freshman and tying for the team lead with three touchdown receptions while finishing second on the team in both receptions (25) and receiving yards (357). These numbers jumped to 41 catches for 637 yards and six touchdowns (as well as 15 kick returns for 353 yards and 11 rushes for 55 yards) as a sophomore, averaging a Big Ten-best 15.3 yards per play.
Injuries at quarterback limited Moore's game-to-game consistency in 2017 but one wouldn't know it with his end-of-season statistics or the fact that he earned First Team All-Big Ten honors from rival coaches. Though he was clearly Maryland's go-to wideout - with the Terps' next closest receiver (Taivon Jacobs) producing roughly half Moore's receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns - opponents had a hard time stopping him. In fact, Moore finished the regular season as one of three players in FBS with 80 catches, 1000 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns, providing one of the few bright spots for a squad that finished the 2017 season 4-8, including just 2-7 in conference play.
BACKGROUND Earned Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State honors while totaling 35 receptions for 1,012 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior...served as a team captain...tallied 39 receptions for 832 yards and 13 touchdowns during junior season...selected to the 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Game and The Big 33 Game...ranked as a four-star recruit and the best wide receiver in the state of Pennsylvania by Scout...a member of the National Honor Society...coached by Albie Crosby.
…STRENGTHS Short but certainly not small with a running back-like compact frame including broad shoulders, thick thighs and an impressive all-around musculature that testifies to time spent in the weight room. Possesses a naturally low center of gravity, very good balance and rare core strength for a receiver, which makes it difficult to knock Moore off his feet. Very quick, which helps him gain clear of press coverage, generate separation as a route-runner and is especially effective in eluding defenders once the ball is in his hands. Shows good top-end speed with the first-step acceleration to gain a step on defenders... Accelerates smoothly. Generally a reliable pass-catcher, showing the ability to extend and pluck far outside of his frame. Excellent 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 (Nebraska-2016). Alert and competitive downfield blocker. Experienced punt and kick returner. Durable performer, leaving Maryland with 35 consecutive starts... Highly regarded by the Maryland coaching staff for a "contagious" attitude and work ethic... -- Rob Rang 1/2/2018
WEAKNESSES Obvious size limitations, almost surely meaning that Moore will be relegated to slot receiver duties in the NFL. Lacks the length and leaping ability to provide much of a target on the perimeter, too easily being squeezed into the sideline... Was not asked to run a variety of routes with the Terrapins, doing the majority of his damage on relatively simple complementary patterns like quick screens, curls and drag routes... Needs to show the same burst out of his breaks that he shows in eluding defenders after the catch... Too often allows the football into his chest with some ugly drops on tape (Michigan State-2017). No touchdowns on 30 combined punt (15) and kickoff (15) returns over his career... -- Rob Rang 1/2/2018
COMPARES TO: Golden Tate, Lions - Like Tate (a former prep running back), Moore possesses a squatty, powerful frame which makes him a tough draw for the wiry cornerbacks typically tasked with covering him. At this point, Moore is not as polished a route-runner and hands-catcher as Tate but is an intriguing athlete with the work ethic to develop in this regard.
IN OUR VIEW: Moore offers an intriguing skill-set, especially in today's era of unique matchups. His stout frame, agility, physicality and vision project nicely as a slot receiver, returner and even occasional running back, though to be at his best, Moore should be drafted as a complementary target rather than as the No. 1 option he played at Maryland.
Has made 35 straight starts dating back to 2015 - tops among all offensive Terps ... Has a catch in 33 consecutive games - longest streak in Big Ten ... Has caught a pass from eight different quarterbacks in career, including four in 2017 (Pigrome, Hill, Bortenschlager, Brand).
Started all 12 games, posting 80 catches for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns ... Set the Maryland single-season record for receptions with 80, despite having four different quarterbacks during the season due to injuries ... Became just the third player in Maryland history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season ... 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 Hakeem Nicks for North Carolina in 2008 ... Finished the regular season as one of three players in FBS with 80 catches, 1000 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns ... Also posted 1,247 all-purpose yards, including 153 punt return yards .
.. Had eight catches for 76 yards in snowy conditions at #22 MSU (11/18) ... Caught five passes for 37 yards vs. Michigan (11/11) ... Totaled eight catches for 75 yards at Rutgers (11/4) ... Had four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown vs. Indiana (10/28) ... Posted career-highs in receptions (12) and yards (210) vs. Northwestern (10/14), while catching two touchdown passes. His 12 catches and 210 yards were both 6th-most in a single-game in program history ... Totaled eight catches for 90 yards and a touchdown at Minnesota (9/30) ... Caught career-high eight passes for 83 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown vs. UCF (9/23) ... Matched career-high with seven catches and two touchdown receptions against Towson (9/9), totaling 97 yards ... Caught a career-high seven passes for 133 yards and a TD at #23 Texas (9/2), eclipsing 1000 career receiving yards in the process.
Started all 13 games, leading the team in receiving yards (637), receiving TDs (6) and yards/catch (15.5) ... Averaged 15.3 yards/play - the most among all Big Ten players ... His six touchdown catches were the most in a single-season since Stefon Diggs (2012) ... Also led the team with 15 kick returns for 334 yards (22.3 avg)
... Had three catches for 40 yards vs. Boston College (12/26) ... Caught six passes for 124 yards, including a spectacular 92-yard touchdown catch, at Nebraska (11/19). The TD tied for the second-longest in MD history ... Caught two passes for team-high 66 yards at #2 Michigan (11/5) ... Had five catches for 81 yards at Indiana (10/29), including a highlight reel touchdown catch that was #2 on SportsCenter's Top 10 plays ... Notched four catches for 61 yards and a TD vs. Michigan State (10/22) ... Caught two passes for 19 yards and a touchdown vs. Minnesota (10/15) ... Posted career-highs in catches (6), receiving yards (147) and touchdowns (2) at FIU (9/9). Named to NCAA.com All-Week 2 Team ... Caught four passes for 37 yards against Howard (9/3).
Appeared in all 12 games, closing the season with 10 consecutive starts ... tied for team lead with three TD recptions and ranked second in catches (25) and yards (357) ... his three TD catches were the most for a Maryland true freshman since Stefon Diggs in 2012 ... caught a pass in eight straight games and 11-of-12 in 2015 .
Made collegiate debut against Richmond (9/5), catching two passes for 23 yards ... scored first career touchdown against Bowling Green (9/12), scoring on a 42-yard pass ... caught three passes for 47 yards agaisnt USF (9/19) ... snagged two passes for 17 yards vs. Michigan (10/3) ... hauled in three passes for 64 yards at #1 Ohio State (10/10), including a career-long 52-yard touchdown reception ... caught three passes for 24 yards vs. Penn State (10/24) ... caught one pass for 5 yards at Iowa (10/31) ... totaled two receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown vs. Wisconsin (11/7) ... caught one pass for 10 yards at #14 Michigan State (11/14) ... caught three passes for 25 yards vs. Indiana (11/21) ... made career-high four catches for 49 yards at Rutgers (11/28).
At Imhotep Charter High School ... Earned Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State honors while totaling 35 receptions for 1,012 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior…served as a team captain…tallied 39 receptions for 832 yards and 13 touchdowns during junior season…selected to the 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Game and The Big 33 Game…ranked as a four-star recruit and the best wide receiver in the state of Pennsylvania by Scout…a member of the National Honor Society…coached by Albie Crosby.
Known for incredible work ethic ... strength coach Rick Court said, “His attitude and work ethic is contagious. He’s right up there at the top of the list of the best guys I’ve coached.” ... Court has also coached Dak Prescott and Braxton Miller.
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03/06/18 - 2018 NFL Combine Winners: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland...Entering the Combine as the No. 2 wide receiver (behind Calvin Ridley) on my draft board, Moore came in taller and faster than expected. Listed at 5-11 on the Maryland roster, he measured at 6-feet exactly and turned in a blazing 4.42 40-yard dash. Moore also impressed in the vertical (39.5 inches), broad jump (11 feet), three-cone (6.95 seconds) and short shuttle (4.07 seconds). He went from a second-round pick to a possible first-round pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/03/18 - 2018 NFL Combine, Saturday: After measuring in bigger and more explosive than expected, Maryland wide receiver DJ Moore has been one of the bright spots of the Combine. Throughout most of the Friday's workout, Moore also looked the part of a potential top 40 pick. However, he did fail to track and haul on a couple of passes thrown over his shoulder, including one particularly well-thrown post-corner by Shimonek. With so much of his production at Maryland derived from quick screens and underneath routes, scouts will be looking for improvement by Moore in this area at his Pro Day. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftscout.com
03/03/18 - 2018 NFL Combine, Saturday: A three-year starter at Maryland, Moore inherited the No. 1 jersey from Stefon Diggs and developed into the "X" receiver in the offense. He has impressive college production considering the constant quarterback issues for the Terrapins, catching a pass from eight different quarterbacks in the past three years. Moore set a school-record with 80 catches in 2017 and became just the third player in program history to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in a season -- and the first since Torrey Smith in 2010. Resume and production? Check. A balanced, explosive athlete, Moore is a tough assignment for any cornerback, considering his speed to stretch the field and yards-after-the-catch skills to take simple underneath targets and turn them into big plays. He has an average catch radius, but he doesn't play small and his football character and work ethic, especially in the weight room, are universally praised. Overall, Moore has a NFL skill-set with his speed, physical presence and instincts. His film gives off a Steve Smith vibe. Tape? Emphatic check. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/03/18 - 2018 NFL Combine, Saturday: Maryland's D.J. Moore entered the NFL Scouting Combine as my second-ranked receiver prospect in the draft. And he'll leave the Combine as my No. 2 receiver prospect in the draft, behind Alabama's Calvin Ridley. Except now, the Moore bandwagon is much more crowded. After Moore measured at 6-feet (a full two inches taller than expected), he continued to impress during the athletic testing drills on Saturday. He finished fifth among wide receivers in the 40-yard dash (4.42 seconds), second in the vertical (39.5 inches) and first in the broad jump (11 feet). When I talked with Moore on Friday, he predicted "anything under 4.5" for his 40-yard dash, and he certainly hit that goal. His lack of height and speed were the main questions entering this week. "Some of the questions are going to be answered," Moore said. "I answered a big one with my height. I'm just going to keep on answering them and check off the boxes." Size? Check. Speed? Check. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Prospects Who Need to Measure Up: DJ Moore, WR, Maryland...Listed at 5-11 by the Terps, Moore is closer to 5-10 and might be a hair below that. Height might be the only thing keeping Moore from the first round. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com