By Cindy Davis // @XO_CindyDavis
With the 24th pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers select Maryland Wide Receiver D.J. Moore.
After the pick was announced, Steve Smith had a strong endorsement for Moore, stating “they have never been able to replace me.. until today.”
Coming from a legendary Panther, that is some pretty strong praise that has a lot of Panther fans even more excited about this pick.
Moore has been compared to Steve Smith by draft experts and scouts on multiple occasions, and plays with that same chip
on the shoulder mentality, which could be exactly what this team needs.
“They (Carolina) have never been able to replace me.. Until today.”
-Former Panthers WR Steve Smith referencing the Carolina Panthers 24th pick in DJ Moore
— 1 (@TacosNSlurpees) April 27, 2018
One person who should be especially excited about this pick is quarterback, Cam Newton. Newton has arguably never had a strong wide receiver corps and has been begging for an offensive weapon since being drafted by the team in 2011.
Today, he may have finally had his wish granted. Moore has already played with and experienced 8 different quarterbacks, which has allowed him the opportunity to adapt to different quarterback styles and develop into a speedy offensive force to be reckoned with.
In his 2017 season, Moore finished the year with 1,033 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. He also boasted an impressive 80 catches, setting the all time record for the Maryland Terrapins. Based on his play and these numbers, he was named the Big Ten receiver of the year.
He has speed and stature, standing 6 feet tall and weighing in at 210 pounds, with an impressive 40 yard dash time of 4.42 seconds at this year’s NFL combine.
D.J. Moore said Cam Newton FaceTimed him after the draft. Told him to be ready to compete. pic.twitter.com/q3jhH0nOMc
— Max Henson (@PanthersMax) April 27, 2018
Carolina has continued to show that upgrading their wide receiver corps is their top priority this off season. This team has historically been more defense focused, and it is nice to see them making strides to further develop this offense and add playmakers. Newton will now have Funchess, Smith, Wright and Moore to spread the ball around to. Not to mention, he also has Greg Olsen, who just extended his contract to 2020, and Christian McCaffrey, the 8th pick from last year’s draft.
This group has a lot of potential and I’m excited to see how Newton and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner will utilize them in the coming weeks.
Welcome to the black and blue crew, D.J. Moore!
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