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Former Terps Receiver DJ Moore Prepares For NFL Draft

February 13, 2018
The 2017 NFL postseason proximately featured two former Maryland wide receivers.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, and former Terp, Torrey Smith won a Super Bowl. And Minnesota Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs made national headlines with the "Minnesota Miracle." 

The performances didn't go unnoticed by Maryland wide receiver DJ Moore, who has decided to forgo his senior season in College Park, Md., to enter the NFL Draft. 

"Seeing [Diggs] come out of Maryland, now he's transferring over to the NFL, it's something that I can see myself doing," Moore told Glenn Clark Radio Feb. 9. 

Moore and the Terps struggled through a challenging 2017 season. Decimated by injuries at quarterback, the Terps started four different passers last season to finish with a 4-8 record. 

Despite the rotating quarterback cast, Moore finished the season as the Big Ten Conference leader in receptions (80) and reception yards (1,033). A first-team All-Big Ten selection, Moore also received the league's Richter-Howard Award, given to the top receiver. 

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Moore said the season showed his versatility. 

"It shows that I can adapt to any situation that's going on -- no matter who is throwing the ball -- and just go out there and make a play when my number gets called," Moore said. 

With the NFL offseason underway and the NFL Scouting Combine coming up Feb. 27 in Indianapolis, Moore is looking forward to the opportunity to show off his speed. 

Last season, Moore became the first Maryland receiver since Smith to gain more than 200 yards in a game when he caught 12 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns against Northwestern.

"People don't think I'm really that fast, but at the end of the day I'm going to go out there and show them," Moore said. "I've been focusing on the 40-[yard dash], but I've been working on all drills.

"It's going to be hard, but you got to make every day fun. It's relaxing, but its hard work at the same time."

In three seasons at Maryland, Moore finished fourth in program history in career touchdown receptions with 17. Moore is considered by many to be an early second-round draft pick. 

The Philadelphia native said a lot of his Twitter followers are Ravens fans, and playing close to home would be a nice fit.

"I've been in Maryland for a while, so I got fans all throughout the DMV, and I got fans in Philly," Moore said. "So all my family would be able to come down and watch me play just like they did at Maryland."
 
In December, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Moore the second-best receiver in the 2017 draft class, behind Alabama's Calvin Ridley. 

Moore -- who said he has been in touch with receivers Jaelen Strong of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Jordan Matthews of the Buffalo Bills throughout the offseason -- says his draft spot would validate some of his accomplishments. 

"You do want to get drafted high just so what you did in college doesn't go unnoticed," Moore said. "The process can be overwhelming, but at the same time you just got to enjoy it." 

Despite deciding to leave Maryland, Moore said the Terps' football future is bright. 

"The recruiting classes they got coming in and the players that I know that's going in … the Big Ten [should] watch out for Maryland," Moore said. "That's going to be one team that's going to blossom in the next year coming up."

For more from Moore, listen to the full interview here:



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