If you haven't heard of Cincinnati Bearcats' receiver Chris Moore, or have only heard of him in passing, that's probably okay. The Bearcats weren't very good last year, and haven't been known for their passing attack.
But that doesn't mean that the NFL hasn't heard of him.
Three teams, the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions, and New York Giants all sent their wide receivers coaches to the Cincinnati Pro day, while the New England Patriots sent their director of player personnel.
- Big play receiver. Scored seven touchdowns in 2015 on 40 catches, averaged 21.8 yards per catch, and a third of his catches were for 25+ yards
- Good size to play both outside and in the slot.
- Great quickness in and out of breaks, and in a short area.
- Hands catcher who tracks the ball well in the air and attacks it at its highest point.
- Long arms and an explosive lower-body give him a big catch radius.
- Shows good competitiveness. Fights for the ball and hustles even when the play goes sour.
- Played in a spread offense, with a limited route tree.
- Scheme also limited the amount of press coverage he saw.
- Limited by quarterback play. QB would often stare down his receiver from the snap.
- Good, but not great, long speed.
Big Board Rankings
Big Blue View - Not in top 100
Mocking The Draft - Not in top 100
CBS - 369th
Does He Fit With the Giants?
Yes and no.
The answer to that question really depends on how early the Giants want him to be a major contributor. Moore has the ability to be a player for the Giants, his quickness would be an asset in McAdoo's offense, as is his ability to attack the ball. However, route running will hold him back. The Giants' offense demands precise route running from its receivers, they need to get separation out of their routes, and be where they are supposed to be, when they're supposed to be there.
The Giants have shown interest, and were one of three teams to send their wide receivers coach to the Cincinnati Pro Day to watch Moore (and the rest of the Cincinnati receivers) work out.
Coming from a fairly simplistic offense, Moore will have a learning curve to adjust to the Giants' passing attack. How soon he could be a regular contributor would depend on his work and the work of Adam Henry.
Despite not being known for their passing offense, Cincinnati quietly had the sixth-rated passing attack in college football. Chris Moore was a big part of that, and his ability to stress and stretch a defense helped open things up for the rest of the team.
It is probably unreasonable to expect him to average another 21 yards per catch in the NFL, but with his quickness, frame, and catch radius, he should become a quality possession receiver. He will still have to refine his route running skills to get the most out of his physical talent, but the tools are there if he can learn -- or be taught -- how to use them.