COLLEGE PARK – Standout Univesity of Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore will be taking his talents to the infamous AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas next year to enter the 2018 NFL draft.
Moore announced on Dec. 19 that he would forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft in April of 2018
“I have had an incredible three years playing for the Terps, and I will truly miss playing in front of our fans,” Moore said. “I can’t thank my teammates and coaches enough for always being there for me and supporting me. I’ve grown so much during my time at Maryland, both as a football player and as a man.”
Moore had a stellar junior year at Maryland as he accounted for 80 receptions for 1,033 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, which was not only a record at Maryland, but also earned him a First Team All-Big Ten selection and he won Richter-Howard Big Ten Receiver of the Year honors.
That breakout performance left Moore as one of three receivers in the country to post at least 80 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and eight touchdowns this past season.
Moore ranked seventh nationally in total receptions. Second-year Maryland Head Coach D.J. Durkin knows his program will miss their star receiver but wishes him nothing but the best, from one D.J. to another.
“I’m thrilled for D.J. and his family,” Durkin said. “I can’t say enough positive things about how he conducts himself as a football player, student, and as a man. D.J. has been a leader for this program since the day I arrived, and he’s someone that holds himself and his teammates accountable.
D.J. has tremendous talent and work-ethic, and I know he’ll succeed at the next level. We’ll miss him as a member of our team, but could not be more proud to have him represent us in the NFL.”
Moore is not the first Maryland receiver to enter the NFL draft. Current Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis was drafted in 2006 6th overall and has posted 544 receptions, 7,010 receiving yards and 59 touchdowns over the course of his career so far.
Davis won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos in 2015. Torrey Smith was drafted 58th overall in 2011 and won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. The most recent of the group is Stefon Diggs, who was selected 146th overall two years ago.
D.J. ends his Maryland journey with 146 career catches (fifth in Maryland history) and 2,027 career receiving yards, putting him in a class with only four other Maryland receivers. Will Moore be the next Davis, Smith or Diggs, or will he create a name for himself at the next level? Only time will tell how far Moore will take his talents.
“I am truly grateful for the opportunity that the University of Maryland has given me to play the game I love while also receiving a top-notch education,” Moore said.