Maryland’s DJ Moore. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty)
Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner was one of the first to greet DJ Moore after his workout at Maryland’s pro day in College Park on Wednesday. Turner, alongside scouts from 30 other teams, had just put Moore through a gamut of route-running skills, further evaluating the mechanics of a player who burst onto the scene as a potential first-round pick after an impressive showing at the NFL combine.
Moore flashed a grin as he hugged Turner — Carolina will be one of the teams he meets with in the coming weeks, with visits also lined up with the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots — and he quickly made the rounds with other giddy NFL talent evaluators inside Cole Field House. It wasn’t difficult to see why Moore was the featured prospect in College Park on Wednesday; none of his former teammates, save perhaps defensive back J.C. Jackson, are projected to be selected in next month’s draft.
But the more pressing question is where Moore ranks among the top receivers in the entire draft class, a status he joined after he measured taller than expected at 6 feet (210 pounds) and ran faster than expected with a 4.42 40-yard dash, not to mention an 11-foot broad jump that underscored his freakish athleticism. Most mock drafts have vaulted Moore into the first round; the Philadelphia native is currently projected to go No. 29 overall to Jacksonville,according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. Carolina could be an option before that at No. 24, while other sites have Moore pegged as high as No. 16 overall to Baltimore.