Name: D.J Moore
Weight: 215 pounds
Position: Wide Receiver
Although Moore sometimes does not have an initial explosion of speed right at the snap he will turn on the burners after getting down the field and is especially fast when he has the ball in his hands. Moore can use his speed in many ways including finding a gap and running right through it without ever looking back for a touchdown. This speed will be dangerous at the next level if teams can use his abilities right and get him the ball in the right spots.
Route Tree/Route Running
Moore is an exceptional route runner who makes clean, crisp cuts that can easily throw off a defender. He has also demonstrated that he can run other NFL caliber routes and get open down the field. Moore could take advantage of his abilities even more but unfortunately, his quarterbacks haven’t always played well which took a hit on Moore and his production.
These skills will defiantly help him in the NFL and if surrounded by a decent coaching staff Moore has potential to become an elite NFL route runner.
Moore also has a wonderful knack for catching the football, as he rarely drops any passes. But the one thing for him to work on in this area would be to try to snatch the ball rather than let the ball come to him. Many times Moore will let the ball come to him which can be a major concern on the sidelines, and could result in interceptions. But luckily for Moore and whatever team drafts him, this issue should be easily resolved.
Moore has phenomenal vision with the football and was able to catch wonky passes thrown to him by his quarterback many times. His movement down the field is great and his cuts are tremendous. If Moore is paired with a decent quarterback he will transpire into a great player who can catch difficult passes while also being able to make you look foolish if you dare try to tackle him.
Many critics of Moore have stated that his size is below ” the standard size for a wide receiver”. I do not believe that this is a major issue for Moore and his success at the next level. His weight at 215 pounds is enough to strike fear into the opposition, while he is just a tad bit south of six foot. The NFL has seen an abundance of great wide receivers who have been on the smaller side, and Moore should be no exception.
Also, don’t let the height of Moore fool you into thinking he only has one role as a slot receiver. As in truth Moore can play well on the outside as well as catching in the middle of the field which many shorter wide receiver cannot or will not do.
To keep it real, the Ravens have one of the worst wide receiver corps in the entire NFL. But, adding D.J Moore in the second or third round if possible would be a great step forward in improving the wide receiver position for the Ravens.
Joe Flacco has also had success with players who can use speed and be shifty in recent times. Flacco also has one of the best arms in the league which sure would pair well with Moore’s ability to get behind defenders and break a big play.
In my opinion, if the Ravens decide not to draft a wide receiver in the first round then they should go after Moore if available in the second or third round and help turn the Ravens into a true playoff contender.