Ross Jackson

An Eye on the Enemy: The Panthers Select D.J. Moore in the First

The Carolina Panthers selected Maryland WR D.J. Moore with their 24th pick. D.J. Moore is a player that was often associated with the Saints and many think of Moore as the best WR in this year’s draft. He’s an impressive prospect that can play any WR position and has great run after catch ability.

His combine numbers were insane: 4.42 40 yard dash, 39.5″ vertical leap, 132″ broad jump. That’s pretty impressive. The 6’0″ 210-pound prospect compiled 80 catches, 1,033 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns his senior year at Maryland. He’s certainly someone that the Saints will have to account for on defense, especially when he lines up in the slot. If D.J. matches up with the wrong linebacker, it could be a huge gain.

The only unfortunate things for Moore is that he’s got a QB that’s getting less accurate by the minute and will have to match up with Marshon Lattimore when he’s the number one option and Patrick Robinson when he’s manning the slot. I believe, without a doubt, that D.J. Moore will have a great NFL career and I’m personally a big fan of his skillset and game. However, I’d have to give this one a 5/10 as it doesn’t change much (at this time) as to how the Panthers match up with the Saints. We’ve always been concerned with LB coverage, though it’s likely that we’re improving in that area of the game. It helps us though that the Panthers only other options are their TE and RB.