Wide receiver was thought to be a secondary need for the Baltimore Ravens in this years draft, with names like Sterling Shepard, Tyler Boyd, Braxton Miller, Pharoh Cooper and Rashard Higgins being bandied around by fans before the draft. The thinking was that the Ravens had plenty of talent for 2016 on the roster, but with Steve Smith Sr and Mike Wallace very possibly both gone in 2017, Kamar Aiken an unrestricted free agent, and Breshad Perriman an unknown, the position could use some more young talent.
The Ravens added that, with the 6"2 210 Chris Moore at the beginning of the fourth round and converted quarterback and slot receiver hopeful Keenan Reynolds added at the end of the sixth round. But Ravens fans seem unhappy with the addition of Moore, another speed demon for quarterback Joe Flacco to target deep. Moore is a deep threat who is a dependable route runner, with long arms and an attack mentality. While many thought him to be raw and had a day 3 grade on him, draft analyst Todd McShay had a 2nd round on him, while rotoviz writer Jon Moore called him the next Martavis Bryant. Moore has great measurables, running a 4.48 40 on his pro day, showing a 37 inch vertical, and placing top 5 in broad jump and 3 cone drills.
While Moore may be an unknown is some ways due to lack of film with him doing much more than serving as a deep threat for a top 5 Bearcats passing offense, there is one thing that is very clear: Moore did his best work against top competition. In matchups with first rounders Eli Apple and Ohio State, and William Jackson III and Houston, Moore was the clear winner (h/t Fandemonium). He burned Apple/OSU for 221 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Jackson/Hou for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns, and had 26 touchdown catches in his college career
Moore also impressed at the senior bowl. And while there is a perception that he is a 1 trick pony, there are others whose opinions differ greatly. So while Moore might not be a complete receiver yet, he has all the tools to become one. Moore was a good pick, and insurance for Joe Flacco should Breshad Perriman not develop as expected.
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