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An NFC Director of Player Personnel says Maryland CB J.C. Jackson is "nothing special right now but he'll get better."

"He's going to be a cover-2 and cover-3 guy," he said. "Nothing special right now but he'll get better. Don't underestimate the way he handles press because teams value physical cornerbacks." NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares Jackson to Zach Bowman. "Jackson is a physical cornerback with quality size and an impressive ability to challenge and disrupt in press coverage," he wrote. "He doesn't have great long speed or short-area acceleration to match routes, but he's more than capable of handling bump-and-run coverage and all forms of zone. Jackson needs to improve his ball skills, but has eventual starting talent." Zierlein projects Jackson to go in Rounds 5 or 6. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks Jackson No. 145 overall -- an early fifth-round grade.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 4:39 PM

One anonymous scout speaking with Bob McGinn Football panned Maryland WR D.J. Moore as "not nearly as good as Mohamed Sanu."

Moore finished WR2 behind Calvin Ridley in McGinn's annual poll of NFL evaluators. "I didn’t think he’d run that well," said the scout of Moore's 4.42 40 time at the NFL Combine. "I thought he’d be 4.6. He’s a good little player. Good hands. I just thought he was really slow. You didn’t see a whole lot of quickness and speed. More of a third receiver, to be honest with you. Not nearly as good as Mohamed Sanu." Other scouts polled by McGinn were higher on the Terps star. "He earns your respect because he has excellent hands, he’s fast enough, he’s big enough and he’s a really good route runner," another scout said. "Plus, he doubles as an effective punt returner." Said a third: "He can go deep and catch over the shoulder. He’s really good at that. He will go over the middle and go get the football. He snatches it out of the air. Off the film he looks like a 6-2 or 6-3 kid."
Apr 24 - 3:24 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Maryland WR D.J. Moore to San Francisco WR Pierre Garcon.

Moore has seen his stock rise as much -- if not more -- than any wide receiver in the class over the past few months. Zierlein compliments the former Terrapin's size (6'0/210) and speed combination, and calls him a "slippery runner" who has good catch-and-run skills. He also notes that Moore struggled with 50/50 balls, and that he'll need to improve the crispness of his routes. Zierlein gives him late-first, early-second grade, and we've heard rumors of Moore going as high as 16 to the Baltimore Ravens.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 7:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay projects the Ravens to take Maryland WR D.J. Moore with the 16th pick in his "dueling" mock draft with Mel Kiper, Jr.

In this scenario, Moore would be the second wide receiver off the board, as McShay and Kiper project Calvin Ridley to go to the Packers with the 14th selection. Moore has really seen his stock rise over the past few months, and at this point it would almost be an upset if he didn't go in the first 32 picks. As McShay notes: "Moore is a speedster who would give Joe Flacco another weapon on the outside."
Source: ESPN
Apr 20 - 8:01 PM

Maryland WR D.J. Moore visited the Cowboys, Bills, and Patriots this week.

Moore is one of the top receivers in this class among Alabama's Calvin Ridley and SMU's Courtland Sutton. All three of the teams Moore visited this week have picks in the range of 19-to-23. This seems to be where at least one of the three receivers listed above will be selected but there doesn't seem to be a consensus of which. Moore is a crisp route-runner that posted an athletic composite score in the 97th percentile and has a good chance to be selected in the middle of the first round.
Apr 18 - 9:20 PM

Draft Wire's Luke Easterling lists Maryland WR D.J. Moore as a potential replacement for Dez Bryant for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys were likely going to take a wide receiver early even with Bryant, but without him, their wide receiver group is very thin. Moore is one of the more intriguing wideouts in the class, and Easterling believes he'd be an excellent fit for Dallas. "While Moore might be undersized for those role in the opinions of some, Moore’s well-built frame and physical playing style would make him a perfect it to replace Bryant," he writes. If he's still on the board, this one makes an awful lot of sense.
Source: Draft Wire
Apr 14 - 12:24 PM

NFL Media's Chad Reuter writes that Maryland WR D.J. Moore will be an "Odell Beckham-like playmaker in the NFL."

Reuter likes Moore as the top receiving prospect in this class, ranking him ahead of both Calvin Ridley and Courtland Sutton. The Panthers are a team to watch for the 6-foot, 210-pounder, as he visited Carolina this week and was recently pegged to the outfit by Draftwire's Luke Easterling in a four-round mock draft, with Easterling forwarding the possibility of a trade up to the No. 18 pick with the Seahawks in order to acquire the explosive receiver.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 12 - 4:48 PM

Maryland WR D.J. Moore visited the Panthers this week.

The Panthers also scheduled visits with Memphis receivers Anthony Miller, Alabama's Calvin Ridley and Texas A&M's Christian Kirk. They are clearly interested in the receiver pool, the question is which pick they are willing to invest. In order to draft Moore, who is the top athlete of the group, the Panthers must select him in the first round.
Apr 11 - 11:36 AM

Draft Wire's Luke Easterling projects the Panthers to trade up to the 18th spot and select Maryland's D.J. Moore in his four-round mock draft.

With all due respect to some other clubs, there's no team that's more likely to move back than Seattle based on history and the fact Seattle doesn't have a second or third-round selection. The Panthers make sense as a trade partner, who need to grab another playmaker for Cam Newton. As Easterling notes: "With his solid frame, explosiveness, and the ability to scorch opposing defenses over the top or after the catch, Moore is quietly put himself in the conversation to be this year’s first receiver off the board."
Source: Draft Wire
Apr 10 - 7:56 PM

Maryland LB Jermaine Carter has scheduled official pre-draft visits with the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline with the assist on this one. In addition to the scheduled visits with the quartet of teams listed above, Carter has also gone through interviews with the linebacking coaches for the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants. Pro day proved productive for the 6-foot-1, 222-pounder, who shredded expectations with a run in the vicinity of 4.69 seconds. Per Pauline, Carter was expected to run closer to 4.80 seconds. This time should help buoy his chances for a Day 3 selection.
Mar 28 - 8:00 PM

Maryland WR D.J. Moore has private workouts scheduled with the Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles over the coming weeks.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that Moore will be put through private workouts by the Cowboys and Titans this week -- the dynamic wideout just had his pro day on Wednesday -- and the Eagles next week. The 6-foot, 210-pound Maryland product was on point in his drills on Wednesday, with Pauline passing along that he was "crisp" in his routes. At the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month, Moore posted a phenomenal composite testing score in the 97th percentile of NFL wideouts. He's knocking on the door of a Day 1 selection. It just remains to be seen whether that door will be answered.
Mar 28 - 7:21 PM

NFL Media's Chad Reuter forwards Maryland WR D.J. Moore as a potential draft replacement for Sammy Watkins with the Los Angeles Rams.

Watkins has flown the coop for Kansas City, leaving Los Angeles potentially in the market for a fresh big-play wideout. Moore would certainly fit that bill, though Reuter believes that the Rams might have to move up from No. 23 in order to secure him. This is an incredibly bull-ish projection of the wideout's stock, but he's been one of the hot risers on draft boards throughout the evaluating season. Given what LA has traded out on defense of late (DE Robert Quinn, LB Alec Ogletree), our best guess is that they focus on that side of the ball with their first round selection. Should they be hunting for a wideout later in the draft, Reuter tossing out the names of UCF's Tre'Quan Smith and Colorado State's Michael Gallup as potential targets.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 14 - 12:26 PM

Maryland CB J.C. Jackson is visiting the Saints on Tuesday, according to his Instagram page.

We need to give a hat tip to Jared Stanger for pointing this one out. Jackson did not complete a full workout at the NFL Combine and had a bumpy collegiate career, where he started at Florida and ended up at Maryland following a stop at JUCO. Jackson is a day three pick.
Mar 13 - 11:01 AM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock moved Maryland's D.J. Moore up to WR No. 2.

As usual with these updates, Mayock does not offer reasoning. That will come later on television hits. But the jump up from No. 5 to No. 2 absolutely is noteworthy, as it shows the impact Moore made at the NFL Combine. Every year, Mayock is the closest at setting his board in relation to how picks are made during the draft, so we will be monitoring Moore's continued rise.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 13 - 10:03 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Maryland WR D.J. Moore's 97th percentile athleticism shows up in games.

Norris presented Moore's games against Texas and UCF as evidence. On one snap, Moore slow played a cornerback in man coverage, forced him to take a false step, then sprinted to the corner of the end zone for a touchdown, displaying the multiple gears in his game. Against UCF, Moore fully extended for a catch over the middle but did not miss a beat when landing, returning to a full sprint to outrun the defense for another score. As the process goes along, Moore continues to propel towards a top two receiver selection.
Mar 12 - 8:48 AM


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