We’ve heard it a lot from the NFL Combine: He’s fast…..he’s fast…..he benched well….he’s fast.
No one in the NFL draft media mentions the drops that made us pull our hair out for most of the last two seasons.
Despite what Collin might have you believe, “Fucking” is not J’Mon Moore’s middle name, as the talented yet frustrating receiver led us to fill our swear jar. The wide receiving speedster dropped the ball routinely when even the likes of Josh Henson could tell you that getting a first down or even a touchdown seemed like a better option.
One particular Washington Redskins SBNation post made it glaringly obvious the writer hadn’t seen any Tiger games all year. The headline? “J’Mon Moore is a tough, tenacious, red zone threat the Redskins could use."
Although the writer managed to post the stats, they weren’t exactly in-depth. Yes, he led the team in receiving yards, in touchdowns, and looked like a hero sometimes, but he only had three games in 2017 where he had over 100 yards receiving – and two of those were training-wheels FCS defenses, and the other one was Arkansas. That’s a step down from six 100-yard receiving games in 2016, including three in a row to end the season (and an amazing catch against Georgia).
As for strengths, the article says that Moore has “excellent size, strength and toughness, a great blocker, scared the hell out of defenses, and” (here’s the one we can only assume is comedy) “a natural hands catcher.”
But here were his weaknesses... and boy, there were some glaring ones. “Can get a step ahead of himself before completely hauling in a pass leading to drops”….”Ball security needs monitoring” and thirdly “Can he handle a complex workload?”
So if we’re to sum up him up in this article, he’s quick, but he drops the ball a ton because he overruns it, or perhaps because he has Trumpian hands. But the most stinging criticism: The SBNation writer questions whether he’s bright enough to take on a difficult workload.
Even the NFL scouts ask him about why he’s been so awful at catching a football. “I’ve just been asked about my eyes, and why I’m always taking them off the ball before the ball gets there,” he told the Kansas City Star at the Senior Ball. In other words, he was asked: “Hey, you’re really quick. How in the hell do you manage to drop the ball so many times, and why should we draft you when you’ll do it over and over again and you’ll be out of the league in two years?”
What’s so frustrating is that Moore can make some spectacular plays, and he definitely has the talent. If he can actually catch the ball, he could well make a difference in the NFL.
If he doesn’t, he won’t last training camp.