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Is Maryland’s D.J. Moore the wide receiver the Ravens need?

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For the Ravens, a team in desperate need of a wide receiver, D.J. Moore has been a hot name. Moore has played his college football career at the University of Maryland, making him a player that many local fans have already seen many times. Ignoring the local ties, Moore does appear to be the type of player that the Ravens could be looking for in the 2018 NFL draft.

Moore had a fantastic career in College Park. Moore was the 2017 Big Ten wide receiver of the year. He leaves Maryland after his junior year sixth in receiving career yards in school history. In 2017, he set the single season school receptions record with 80, and his 146 career receptions is fifth in school history. His 1,033 yards in 2017 is the third highest single season mark all time at Maryland.

Moore actually reminds me a lot of another former Terp, Stefon Diggs. Moore is one inch shorter than Diggs, but they have very similar skill sets. Both are very quick, explosive athletes who are excellent at making plays after the catch. They both can make contested catches, and are able to adjust well to the ball. Below his a highlight tape of each player during their careers at Maryland.

What the Ravens lack at the wide receiver position is a playmaker. Playmaking is certainly a skill that Moore possesses. Moore is a threat to score every time he touches the ball with his ability in the open field. I think he’ll run somewhere in the 4.4s at the Combine. His highlight tape also shows that he can go up and make a contested catch, despite being only 5’11”. Moore creates separation well against opposing defensive backs.

Right now, I think Moore could go anywhere from the second round to the fourth round. I have him as my seventh ranked wide receiver in this year’s draft class. My current wide receiver rankings are the following:

  1. Calvin Ridley
  2. Courtland Sutton
  3. Christian Kirk
  4. James Washington
  5. Equanimeous St. Brown
  6. Anthony Miller
  7. D.J. Moore
  8. Marcell Ateman
  9. Deon Cain
  10. Simmie Cobbs Jr

With the local ties D.J. Moore has, this will be a player Ravens fans will be calling for in the draft. Ozzie Newsome has passed on a number of wide receiver in recent years that have turned into stars. If the Ravens don’t take a wide receiver in the first round, and Moore is available when the Ravens come back on the clock in round two, the former Terp should be the selection.