After having his best collegiate season in 2017, Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore is looking to take the next step in his career by entering the 2018 NFL Draft. Based on Todd McShay’s latest mock draft, Moore will be taken by a team sooner rather than later.
McShay released his third mock draft for the 2018 NFL Draft on Wednesday morning, and he had Moore as a first-round pick. The ESPN analyst predicts that Moore will be taken with the No. 29 overall pick by the defending AFC South Champion Jacksonville Jaguars.
McShay believes that Moore would be a good fit in Jacksonville because, on top of his athleticism and overall ability to play the position, there is a chance that the team will be losing two of its top receivers — Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee — to free agency before the season starts.
— Dustin Semonavick (@TerpsSID) March 7, 2018
Here’s what McShay wrote about Moore being taken by the Jaguars:
“Jacksonville has a real possibility of losing Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in free agency. If that happens, WR is a huge need. Moore’s tape is really good when he’s targeted, and his combine showing, including a 4.43 40, only helped his cause. A tough WR with good run-after-the-catch skills.”
Moore impressed at the NFL Combine last week, where he a the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds. In addition, he had a 39.5-inch vertical leap, which was second among all wide receivers at the combine, and an 11-foot broad jump, which was first among receivers.
In his time at Maryland, he made 146 receptions for 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns in 36 games for the Terrapins. However, it was last season that Moore really established himself as a top wideout, as he made 80 catches for 1,033 yards and 8 touchdowns, all of which are career-highs. What’s more, Moore, did that with four different quarterbacks throwing him the ball throughout the year.