Raiders young receiver Denarrius Moore is ready to take the next step, in becoming a top tier wide-out in the NFL.
Selected 148th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, Moore made his presence felt right when he stepped on the field.
A standout at the University of Tennessee, his best game happened in 2010 against South Carolina when he set the second-highest mark in receiving yards in a single game in school history and fifth-most in FBS with a whopping 228 yards on five receptions.
The 6-0, 195-pound wide out capped off his senior season with 1,078 all-purpose yards and 10 total touchdowns.
In 2011, he played in 13 games and made 10 starts for the Oakland Raiders. While he didn’t entirely light up the stats sheet, he presented plenty of impressive acrobatic catches and made defenders miss one after another on the highlight reel.
Moore, 23, reeled in just 33 catches, but chalked up 618 yards (averaging 18.7 yards per catch) with five scores.
NFL.com Around The League Editor Gregg Rosenthal says the Raiders selected their best receiving prospect since Tim Brown last year. He also notes that Moore has shown “more of the attributes that make a pro receiver successful in one year than Darrius Heyward-Bey has in four seasons.”
“He has the speed to bust out four catches over 45 yards; the versatility to play in the slot; and the open-field moves to return punts,” Rosenthal added.
That’s true. Last season, Moore also averaged 8.6 yards on 25 punt returns with 216 yards.
Bill Williamson of ESPN.com and Scouts Inc. also believes that within three years Moore will be the top receiver in the AFC West. He also believes that he could become the next Greg Jennings, noting that Moore “can have the same type of role in Oakland that Jennings has in the Packers’ offense.”
He’s already being considered one of the bigger sleeper picks in most fantasy drafts and there are a growing number of analysts expecting big things from him in his second season.
Look for him to possibly take over the No. 1 receiver role for the Raiders. While DHB is showing he was much more of a late-bloomer rather than just a bust, Moore is very special and has a high ceiling. That’s not to say DHB is a non-factor, however.
Moore is a smooth route-runner with excellent hands and stellar speed. He’s versatile, possesses terrific awareness, almost always understanding the position of him, the defender(s) and the ball and could become unstoppable in Oakland’s offense.