2018 NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers Draft Maryland Football WR D.J. Moore 24th overall

Maryland football fans just saw D.J. Moore picked by the Carolina Panthers in the first round. He was the first wide receiver taken in the 2018 NFL Draft.

D.J. Moore is a Carolina Panther. The Maryland football wide receiver proved himself at the NFL Combine earlier in the year and showcased his ability to carry the load in his last year with the Terps who struggled offensively in 2017.

The Panthers are getting a guy in Moore who has the speed to be an effective slot receiver with good hands and solid first step off of the line of scrimmage at 5’11, 215 pounds. An NFL comparison for him is fellow Maryland football alum Stefon Diggs.

At Moore’s position, the Panthers are looking for more speed. They now have a pair of Terrapins as Moore and Torrey Smith will be teammates. This is the perfect situation for Moore. He gets veteran and super bowl champion mentorship with Smith and will now be catching passes from Cam Newton.

It will be interesting to see how Carolina uses him. Will he solely be a slot wide receiver? Are they going to create certain packages for him within the offense? Is he going to be used as a kick or punt returner? He is versatile enough to play both offense and special teams for the Panthers.

 

Moore finished his career with Maryland football recording 146 catches, 2,027 yards, and 17 touchdowns. In 2017, the accolades poured in for him as he was named Big Ten Receiver of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten, Phil Steele Second Team All-American, Associated Press First Team All-Big Ten and more.

Reaction to the pick

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Congratulations to D.J. Moore. He had a stellar career with Maryland football and will be continuing his playing days with the Carolina Panthers. Maryland fans will be keeping a close eye on what the Panthers do in 2018.

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