What’s a good NFL comparison for Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore? Before I answer that question let me formally introduce to you the most underrated wide receiver in the 2018 NFL Draft. Moore was a stud at Maryland especially in his final season playing all 12 games and hauling in 80 receptions (Maryland record) for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns. His 39.5 percent target rate alone expresses how important he was to a Terrapins’ offense. Wait though there’s Moore. He was a first-team all-conference selection and the 2017 Big Ten Receiver of the Year.
I get asked a ton on Twitter @MitchellRenz365 “What’s a good NFL comparison for Player X?”
Originally when I started comparing players I noticed far too often people would get caught up in the names of the comparisons rather than actually looking at the measurables. So I started doing “NFL Blind Comparisons.” I’m an advocate of NFL blind comparisons because it’s an effective method to avoid bias and ensure impartiality.
To read all my NFL Blind Comparisons from Gridiron Experts check them out below:
Below is a Tweet from my personal Twitter account one is D.J. Moore, the other is a current NFL wide receiver.
— Mitchell Renz (@MitchellRenz365) March 25, 2018
Player A is D.J. Moore and as you can see he is the better athlete over Player B. Moore is a good sized receiver with an incredible leaping ability and tremendous footwork. Player B does have more length but Moore makes up for it with his ability to jump. According to Three Sigma Athlete, Moore’s SPARQ score from NFL combine put him in the 97th percentile. For those of you that are new to SPARQ it stands for (Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction, Quickness) think of it as the SAT’s for athletes.
- Good size/speed combination
- Great footwork
- Dangerous after the catch
- Solid acceleration off the line
- Lockerroom leader
- Average hands
- Struggles with 50/50 balls
- Ran simple routes in college
- Doesn’t always give 100 percent
- Glides in his routes at times
Back to the original question, what’s a good NFL comparison for D.J. Moore? It’s a great question because in real life and fantasy football we want to know what to expect a certain players ceiling and floor can be in the NFL. However, just because an incoming prospect is compared to a current NFL player, that doesn’t mean that’s how his career will project. Instead, I am saying he has similar athletic measurables, strengths, and weaknesses.
Player B is a former first-round wide receiver out of Clemson, Sammy Watkins. Watkins was drafted over players like Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr., and Jarvis Landry in the 2014 NFL Draft. Entering his fourth year in the league Watkins is headed to the Kansas City Chiefs which is his third NFL team. Watkins has dealt with injuries and has been a bit of a disappointment thus far in his career with 192 receptions for 3,052 yards and 25 touchdowns in 52 career games. The Clemson offense in Watkins final year us very similar to the current Maryland offense right now. Watkins and Moore both benefitted from simple routes and incredible run after the catch ability to rack up their production. Both were asked to be punt returners due to their playmaking ability and speed.
Moore is my number three Dynasty wide receiver behind Courtland Sutton and Calvin Ridley. I can’t believe Moore isn’t getting more love after his incredible combine. Please watch his tape and see how poor his quarterback play was at Maryland. Landing spot is obviously huge for fantasy wide receivers, but if he lands in an ideal passing offense he has the upside to be the top scoring rookie wide receiver. Full disclaimer, don’t be surprised if D.J. Moore is what we were all hoping Sammy Watkins was going to be.
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