J’Mon Moore moved from Texas to play soccer for the Missouri Tigers, and he realized to cope with snow whereas dwelling within the Midwest. So the broad receiver who the Green Bay Packers chosen with the 133rd total choose within the NFL Draft on Saturday believes he’s prepared for, um, even colder climate in Wisconsin.
“I’m pretty sure I can handle some snow here and there,” Moore stated on a convention name with reporters. “That’s no problem for me.”
After he heard his title referred to as within the draft’s fourth spherical, Moore stated Green Bay is strictly the place he wished to be. He made a pre-draft go to to the Packers — in addition to his hometown Houston Texans — and he felt Green Bay was the “perfect fit.”
Of course, most receivers can be blissful to have Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback.
“Me playing receiver, catching balls from one of the best quarterbacks in the National Football League, I can’t ask for a better situation,” Moore stated. “Being able to … just trust that the ball’s going to be where it needs to be without me even asking, that’s just the best feeling, a great feeling. Not many people get to say they have the opportunity I have.”
Moore — the the 15th total receiver taken within the draft and the fifth to go within the fourth spherical — was the one Mizzou participant to attend the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine this yr. He is the primary MU receiver to be chosen within the draft since 2015, when the Rams picked Bud Sasser within the sixth spherical.
As a senior, Moore earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference recognition. He caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards — each excessive marks for the group this previous season — and have become the second Missouri receiver to document two 1,000-receiving yard seasons. He completed his profession with 21 landing receptions.
Throughout his school profession, Moore struggled with “focus drops,” situations throughout which he didn’t catch a ball as a result of he had already begun wanting upfield. He stated after Missouri’s professional day that NFL groups had been “concerned with it, but it wasn’t like a major red flag.”
“That’s a small hiccup that I’m over,” Moore stated on Saturday.
Teams additionally expressed concern with the offense Moore performed in at Missouri underneath former offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, who emphasised pace and ease. Moore solely performed on the far left facet of the sector, and he ran only a few routes.
“I wasn’t able to showcase everything I could do in college because I stayed on the left side,” Moore stated after MU’s professional day. “I stayed outside. But I mean, I felt like in the Senior Bowl I was able to show them I could play both sides, I was able to pick up playing inside and out.”
The Packers return their two main cross catchers from a season in the past — Davante Adams and Randall Cobb — however they launched veteran Jordy Nelson this offseason, and Moore might have an opportunity to take Nelson’s place on the skin.
“I’m glad they selected me,” Moore stated. “I’ m ready to come in there and contribute and leave it all on the field.”
At the NFL mix, Moore ran the 40-yard sprint in a disappointing four.6 seconds — good for 32nd out of 37 receivers. He improved on the drill at Missouri’s pro day, when he completed it in 4.48 seconds.
Moore’s different measurables didn’t want a lot enchancment at MU’s professional day. At the mix, his bench press efficiency — 21 reps of 225 kilos — ranked third out of 34 receivers, and his vertical leap of 38 inches ranked fourth out of 38 receivers.
With a 6-foot-Three body and the flexibility to separate himself from defenders in any respect ranges, Moore landed as a mid-round choose in most pre-draft projections. And that’s the place he ended up on Saturday.
Missouri has had a participant drafted into the NFL for 14 straight years. During that streak, that is the furthest into the draft it has taken for the primary MU participant to be chosen.
If Mizzou’s different contenders to be chosen should not picked on Saturday, this would be the second straight season that the draft has solely included one Missouri participant. Last yr, defensive finish Charles Harris went within the first spherical and was MU’s solely draftee.
“My heart burst,” Moore stated of the second he realized he had been drafted. “… That’s a dream come true. Just getting that phone call, knowing that a team believes in you and have selected you to come play for their team, that’s the best feeling in the world. That’s a feeling I’ll never forget.”