With the 33rd pick in the 4th round (133 overall) of the 2018 NFL draft, the Packers took J’Mon Moore, wide receiver from Missouri.
Moore is an athletic, well built wide receiver, one that can run well in the open field and break tackles. He plays similar to Jordy Nelson. Moore averaged 17 yards per catch his senior season with Missouri. On top of that, he improved steadily each year in college, showing his willingness to compete and improve. Moore was a four-year starter at Missouri. In 2014, he had just 2 receptions for 33 yards. In 2015 he had 29 receptions for 350 yards and three touchdowns. 2016, Moore’s junior season at Missouri is where he took his largest leap.
In 2016, Moore had 62 receptions for 1012 yards and 8 touchdowns. His speed and ability to break tackles is what allowed him to make that leap from his sophomore to junior seasons at Missouri. In his senior and final season with the Tigers, Moore had 60 receptions for 1017 yards and 10 touchdowns. That is nothing short of impressive. There is no doubt that Moore is going to come in and compete with the Packers wide receiving squad.
His strengths are obvious in his speed and strength. He is good at timing his jumps, so when he catches the ball, he has fantastic field awareness. Moore is great in the open field, and can certainly make guys miss. His athleticism allows him to break tackles which he does frequently. One thing that certainly stands out is his ability to run after the catch. His long legs allow him to get up to speed, and one thing that defensive backs will try to get him to do is to step out of bounds. His height helps him high point the ball in the air, which is always an advantage when you have the accuracy of Aaron Rodgers at the helm.
For starters, his 40-yard dash time wasn’t fantastic. At a 4.68, he isn’t going to be the fastest guy on the field. He isn’t a wide receiver that is all over the field, per se. He usually is seen paying to one area of the field, and more often than not towards the sideline. That is also due to the fact that he plays on the outside. Another downside to his game is dropping the football. He doesn’t always make the catch, and that is something that is frustrating to quarterbacks, especially Aaron Rodgers. He doesn’t run a ton of flag or across the field routes, mostly hitches and short slants. Not that it is a negative, because Aaron Rodgers and the Packers love the slant route, but it is something to watch for as he progresses in training camp.
Moore’s immediate fit is someplace between the number three wide receiver and the practice squad. From what he has shown so far, he could easily prove himself and earn the number three slot, but the Packers could also choose to go with Geronimo Allison or Trevor Davis.
With J’Mon Moore, the sky is the limit. He is still a raw wide receiver with a high ceiling. What he did at Missouri was simply using his athleticism to make plays. If the Packers do the right things and play to his strengths, he could be a real steal in this year’s draft. He has a similar effect on the field that Jordy Nelson had when on the Packers. Stretching the field is important, and that is what Moore could bring to the Packers.