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 Post subject: Denarius Moore, WR, Tennessee
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:06 pm 
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DENARIUS MOORE
6-0/194
Tennessee Senior
40: 4.40

PROS:

Has good speed to run by corner and make plays downfield. Tracks the ball well and times his jump to make the play downfield. Gets up to speed quickly and has godo burst out of his breaks to get separation. Stretches for the ball and has good hands. Shows nice body control, able to make the diving catch and adjusting to the high or low throw.

CONS:

A bit one-dimensional as a vertical option. Misses blocks and assignments on the edge. Doesn't always show the strongest hands.

OVERVIEW:

Moore is a player that can stretch the field and has good size and very good speed to be a good target on the outside in most NFL schemes. Really blossomed in the second half of the season when the team made the switch to Tyler Bray from Matt Simms. In the last 6 games, he caught 29 passes for 724 yards (25.0 avg) and 5 touchdowns. Finished year with 47 catches for 981 yards (20.9 avg) and 9 scores. He caught 40 passes for 540 yards (13.5 avg) and 7 scores as a junior. He has the sort of speed to be a factor on kickoffs potentially, but averaged just 20.4 yards on 12 career returns at Tennessee.

NFL FORECAST:

Moore is a player that could have been much more highly rated if he had gotten a bit more consistency from his QBs: Jonathan Crompton, Matt Simms, and Tyler Bray the past two seasons. He's a player that I think at the next level will at the very least be as good an NFL player as Devery Henderson. In that he's a bit of a one-note player, but with a good QB, he can be a productive complementary receiver that can give a team 40-50 catches per year as a starter. He does have more potential than that, and the upper end of that upside is probably somewhere around where Lee Evans or Brandon Lloyd are on their best days. I wouldn't really count on him to be a team's No. 1 receiver week in and week out, but he can be a very explosive No. 2 guy that can be a productive guy that can make plays down the field. How good a No. 2 he becomes will depend largely on how polished a route-runner he can become.

ATL FORECAST:

Moore can work in Atlanta because he has good speed to make plays down the field and has enough size where he can cause matchup issues for opposing corners on the outside. He's a good fit opposite White because he can focus more on plays down the field, rather than being a guy that constantly has to move the chains. He can come in right away and carve a decent niche as the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver, and then within two or three years he should have developed enough where he can start to push Jenkins for his spot on the outside as a starter. Eventually he should become a solid No. 2. He may not be a huge upgrade over Jenkins, but has the potential to be a bit more reliable and explosive on the underneath routes.

VALUE:

Moore is a solid third round pick because of his ability to generate big plays down the field, but since he's mainly a complementary threat, he's probably a bit of a reach going in the second round.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 4.0
Hands: 3.0
After Catch: 3.0
Body Control: 3.5
Range: 3.0

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