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Where does J’Mon Moore rank among recent Mizzou receivers?

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With just over three weeks till the NFL draft, I thought it would be fun to revisit a piece Josh Matejka wrote back in August before the 2017 season began. Its title: “How J’Mon Moore can earn his ‘all-timer’ credentials.”

My personal perception of Moore is of a gifted-but-flawed playmaker whose lesser moments — the Georgia drop and a tendency to disappear/lose focus — dwarf his star-quality memories: scoring the go-ahead TD against BYU in 2015 or being a 1,000-yard receiver on a young offense in 2016.

The 2017 season presents an interesting opportunity for J’Mon Moore to leave those bad memories in the past. ... The only thing that truly erases bad memories is the creation of new, better ones. For every good thing Moore does in 2017, fans will likely start forgetting those drops in 2016 one at a time. (And this says nothing of his role in the November 2015 protests, which certain fans will never be able to look past.)

Obviously a lot would change in the weeks following that post. Josh referenced Dimetrios Mason, who I’d managed to completely forget about, and there was no way to predict that Emanuel Hall and Albert Okwuegbunam would each create names for themselves the way they did. But despite Hall and Albert O, Moore was still Mizzou’s No. 1 target and still posted his second straight 1,000-yard season. His big fourth-quarter touchdown against Arkansas was proof of newfound maturity, his mental check-out against Georgia proof of how far he might still have to go.

Moore finished his career with 158 catches (seventh all-time at Mizzou) for 2,477 yards (fourth) and 21 touchdowns (fourth). We know how that stacks up on the all-time list, but how does his stat line compare to recent Mizzou draftees and near-draftees?

Recent NFL-worthy (or close to it) Mizzou wideouts

Player Draft Year Round Career stat line (Mizzou) Career stat line (NFL)
Player Draft Year Round Career stat line (Mizzou) Career stat line (NFL)
Jeremy Maclin 2009 1 182-2,315 (12.7), 22 TD 514-6,835 (13.3), 49 TD
Justin Gage 2003 5 200-2,703 (13.5), 18 TD 201-2,958 (14.7), 16 TD
Danario Alexander 2010 N/A 191-2,778 (14.5), 22 TD 83-1,395 (16.8), 10 TD
Dorial Green-Beckham 2015 2 87-1,278 (14.7), 17 TD 68-941 (13.8), 6 TD
Will Franklin 2008 4 142-2,085 (14.7), 13 TD 7-83 (11.9)
J'Mon Moore 2018 ? 158-2,477 (15.7), 21 TD ?
T.J. Moe 2013 N/A 188-2,101 (11.2), 11 TD
L'Damian Washington 2014 N/A 100-1,735 (17.4), 15 TD
Marcus Lucas 2014 N/A 128-1,621 (12.7), 11 TD
Bud Sasser 2015 N/A 116-1,611 (13.9), 14 TD
Jerrell Jackson 2012 N/A 113-1,434 (12.7), 6 TD

Of the four players above with the most Mizzou receptions, three — Jeremy Maclin, Justin Gage, and Danario Alexander — ended up finding the most success in the pros. Moore didn’t quite match their output, but he did his damage in three seasons, which is impressive.

Anyway, what do you think? Where do you fit Moore on this hierarchy? I put him below Maclin, Gage, Alexander, and Dorial Green-Beckham, but he could end up producing more than DGB just by keeping his head on straight and working away. His physical traits place him ahead of most of the others on the list, but we’ll see what he can do. And we’ll see what happens if he can’t get the best of his opposing cornerback. Facing guys up to the challenge sometimes led to some jawing and short-circuiting.


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