Best Scheme Fit: A quick-hitting
offense with spread concepts may allow for a quick transition.
Assuming he embraces NFL coaching, he should eventually be a solid
fit in any offense. Note: All times listed in parentheses
in strengths/weaknesses section reflect the start time on video
- via Draft Breakdown - that displays that skill/trait.
Powers through contact better than some running backs (2:09)
and pick up yards after contact almost at will. (0:41, 1:19, 2:18, 2:56, 3:15)
Unafraid of the middle of the field and willing to put himself
in harm's way for the good of the team. (0:07, 1:33, 1:43, 2:38, 3:40)
Possesses solid field awareness, displaying a great feel
for the sideline. (1:08, 1:59, 2:11, 3:11)
Will not stack moves upon moves but can be elusive in the
open field. (0:57, 2:09, 3:15)
Despite incredible athleticism, he did not come down with
his fair share of 50-50 balls; has to improve tracking/body
positioning on such plays. (1:19, 3:17, 3:22, 3:34, 3:49)
Lack of crispness on routes; needs to explode out of breaks
more often. (0:01, 0:43, 1:10, 1:16, 3:38)
Does not consistently separate downfield despite explosiveness,
especially against the best competition he faced. (0:17, 0:33, 1:26, 2:31, 3:17, 3:22)
Strong enough to defeat press but hasn't learned how to consistently
use his hands to do so yet. (1:31, 2:21)
Needs to show more urgency off line of scrimmage to sell
the play even when he knows he's not the primary receiver. (0:21, 1:13, 1:38, 1:44, 2:15, 3:05)
Ran a limited route tree.
A receiver can be an athletic marvel and look ordinary on film
if he cannot build chemistry with his quarterback due to circumstance
or doesn't understand how to accentuate his own natural gifts.
It's important to keep both factors in mind when evaluating Moore,
who caught 146 passes from eight quarterbacks
in three years at Maryland, including four last season alone.
Given that number, it's not hard to cut the Philadelphia native
a bit of slack when it comes to such things as his lack of production
against teams with NFL-quality corners like Ohio State and Wisconsin
or the four-game scoreless streak to conclude his college career.
It also makes him more of a true evaluation than someone like
Calvin Ridley, because he is not a great route-runner at this
point and getting by largely on pure talent. Since there seem
to be no questions about Moore's work ethic, it's fair to assume
his college coaches may have come up a bit short in teaching him
the finer points of being a receiver.
What jumps out almost immediately with Moore is his willingness
to get physical, be it after the catch, as a runner or a blocker.
(This play was
an eye-opener to me and may be the best example of his aforementioned
power.) That's a big feather in his hat and something that figures
to endear him to his NFL team immediately. With that said, Moore
is a tough nut to crack. On one hand, he is a nightmare for defenses
because he is a freaky athlete who has no fear running routes
over the middle and becomes a running back in the open field with
his ability to break tackles. On the other hand, the aforementioned
explosiveness seems to disappear on deeper routes and 50-50 balls
against respectable competition. After all, 6-0 receivers who
boast a 40-inch vertical and run 4.4 should be able to create
a fair amount of separation more often than not at the college
Thankfully, most of his current "concerns" are shortcomings
any NFL receivers coach should be able to fix in short order.
However, I'm not sure all of them can get ironed out over the
course of one offseason/training camp, so his next team may not
see a huge return as a rookie - unless it is willing to use him
right away in the slot and/or draw up a "D.J. package."
I believe his long-term home will be as an outside receiver -
one capable of becoming his team's primary option down the road
- assuming he can smooth out his rough spots. (He certainly has
the athletic profile, but again, the transition will take time.)
In a best-case scenario, Moore will serve as the complement to
a veteran on the back nine of his career, with the goal being
that the youngster can take the reins from him sometime late in
2019. While the allure of the third-year breakout for a receiver
seems to have died down in recent years, it wouldn't be the least
bit surprising if it takes Moore about that long to make a huge
splash in the league. I am confident, however, he will not be
a one-hit wonder if/when it happens.
Doug Orth has written for FF
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