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2018 Mock Drafts: D.J. Moore To The Redskins?

Posted Mar 20, 2018

While a majority of mock draft have the Redskins taking a defensive player at pick No. 13, NFL.com's Chad Reuter believes Washington could add a wide receiver with its first-round pick.

While a majority of mock draft have the Redskins taking a defensive player at pick No. 13, NFL.com's Chad Reuter believes Washington could add a wide receiver with its first-round pick.

Since 2005, the University of Maryland has only had three players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. One of those players is current Washington Redskins tight end Veron Davis, who was selected with the No. 6-overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.

In the latest mock draft from NFL.com’s Chad Reuter, he has another former Terrapin joining the Redskins, with Washington selecting wide receiver D.J. Moore with the No. 13-overall pick.

Alex Smith is coming to town, so finding him a reliable, quick, and strong-handed target like Moore makes all kinds of sense,” Reuter writes.

In three seasons at Maryland, Moore recorded 146 receptions for 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns along with 17 carries for 125 yards and one touchdown.              

During his junior season in 2017, Moore was named Big Ten Receiver of the Year along with earing first-team all-conference honors as he recorded a single-season school record 80 catches along with 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns. According to his UMTerps.com bio, the Philadelphia native 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.

Moore recorded five touchdowns in Maryland’s first four games, highlighted by a seven-catch, 133-yard performance in a upset season-opening victory over the University of Texas.

In an October loss to Northwestern, the six-foot, 210 pounder had his best output of the season when he recorded 12 receptions for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

In his final game with the Terrapins, Moore recorded eight receptions for 100 yards.

As a sophomore in 2016, Moore led the school in receiving yards (637) and receiving touchdowns (six) in 13 games.

During his freshman season, Moore appeared in 12 games with 10 starts, collecting 25 catches for 357 yards and three touchdowns. His first career touchdown was a 42-yard reception against Bowling Green State.

According to his NFL.com draft profile, Moore has a “very good combination of size and speed” that could translate to the next level.

“Took on extremely heavy target rate (39.5 percent) for offense ravaged by injuries at quarterback. Quick feet can bound and burst past press coverage. Has boosters to accelerate over top of cornerbacks. Plus short-area foot quickness. Works back to his quarterback. Hands aren't exceptional, but they are solid and strong. Has athletic talent to contort and snag throws way behind him. Dangerous catch-and-run option on bubble screens and hitches. Slippery runner after catch. Wiggles and claws to shake tacklers and stack yardage. Added punt returner to his resume in 2017,” his profile states.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein believes Moore could pan out to another former Maryland wide receiver: Stefon Diggs.

While Diggs was taken in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, he’s recorded 200 receptions for 2,472 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first three seasons.

“Moore is bigger than former Terrapin wideout Stefon Diggs, but their playing style and athletic ability while at Maryland are similar,” Zierlein writes. “Moore doesn't have the height and length teams look for outside and may become a full-time option from the slot. He clearly has the short-area quickness and talent after the catch to handle those duties, but his route-running needs to become more focused and fast to unlock his potential.”

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