2018 Cardinals Draft Profile
Name: D.J. Moore
Position: Wide Receiver
D.J. Moore is a dynamic and decorated wide receiver out of Maryland. The former Terrapin made 35 straight starts in college dating back to the 2015 season. Moore finished his 2017 season with 80 receptions, bettering the combined totals of his first two seasons. He finished his career with 146 receptions, 2,027 receiving yards, and 17 receiving touchdowns. In a stacked class of receivers in the Big-10 conference, Moore was voted the conference’s receiver of the year in 2017, as well conference first team honors.
Moore is an explosive player with the ball in his hands. He may not be the biggest receiver available in the draft, but he can make plays with the best of them and more than held his own in a tough conference. He can play in the slot or split out wide, although his combination of speed and quickness is better utilized in the slot. Moore has the leaping and ball skills to be a threat in the red zone while also running multiple routes near the end zone.
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Tough runner after the catch and always looks to gain more yards. Fits well in short routes including bubble screens and hitch routes. Combines size and speed that allows him to play inside or out wide. Great short-area quickness that helps get away from defenders. Shows ability to burst pass press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Can get over the top of defenders. Well liked by coaches and teammates for being hard-working, accountable, and a good teammate. Was able to keep the offense alive in 2017 with multiple quarterbacks starting due to injury.
Most of production have come from simple concept routes. Needs to show same competitiveness during routes as he does after the catch. Will need to improve strength at the top of routes to avoid defenders from interfering. Must show ability to run a complete route tree at next level.