The 2018 NFL Draft Prospect series breaks down draft-eligible players, highlighting their college production as well as their NFL potential. It’s important for daily fantasy players to know about NFL rookies before they’ve played a down of professional football because they are among the most misvalued assets in all of DFS. People who know NFL rookies have a significant DFS edge. The draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, from April 26-28.
This piece is on Missouri wide receiver J’Mon Moore.
For more on all the other receivers in the class, see our 2018 NFL draft wide receiver rankings.
Updated as of Mar. 6.
Redshirt Senior | 6’3″ and 207 Pounds | Born May 23, 1995 (Age: 22) | Projection: Rounds 3-4
Combine numbers: 40-yard: 4.6 sec | bench reps: 21 | 3-cone: 6.56 sec | 20-yard shuttle: 4.04 sec | vertical: 38 in | broad: 120 in
Moore is one of just 18 players from the Southeastern Conference with a season of 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving since at least 2000. That list includes Mike Evans, Amari Cooper, and Jarvis Landry. Of the 16 such players already to go through the draft process, 10 were selected no later than the second round, and only three weren’t selected within the first four rounds. As a producer from the top conference in college football, Moore belongs to a cohort that possesses significant draft capital. The only other player in school history with two 1,000-yard receiving seasons is former first-rounder Jeremy Maclin.
A bit of a late bloomer, Moore redshirted in 2013 and played as a reserve receiver in 2014 before leading a poor Tigers team in 2015 with 29 receptions and 350 yards. In the two following seasons Moore emerged as an underappreciated force, securing 62 receptions for 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016 and 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and 10 touchdowns last year. An SEC prospect with good size, Moore doesn’t have a lot of draft hype, but he had a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl, and although he had a poor 40 time at the combine he displayed fantastic size-adjusted explosiveness, agility, and strength. He’s raw and worked primarily on one side of the field for the Tigers, so whatever team drafts him will need to be patient with his development, but he has the physical attributes, production history, and collegiate pedigree to suggest that he could be a long-term NFL contributor. As an athlete and collegiate producer, Moore might be most like Stevie Johnson — another member of the SEC 1,000-10 club — who had three 1,000-yard seasons in the middle of his career despite entering the league as a seventh-round selection.
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