Baltimore Ravens Rookie Profile: Chris Moore
Chris Moore Is A Player To Keep Your Eyes On:
The Ravens’ wide receiving corps was absolutely decimated with injuries in 2015, with Steve Smith Sr., Breshad Perriman, Michael Campanaro and Darren Waller all missing extended time. While the organization hopes for better fortune health wise, the one component of the offense that was sorely missed last season was the deep ball. Even when Joe Flacco was healthy the Ravens had no one to stretch the field.
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Enter rookie wide receiver Chris Moore.
Drafted by the Ravens with the 107th overall pick in the fourth round out of the University of Cincinnati, Moore has the ideal skill-set to pair with quarterback Joe Flacco.
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Moore is exceptional at getting separation down the field, even though his 40-yard dash wasn’t very impressive. He’s got great size for the position, standing 6’1″ and 206 lbs. His best trait his ability to track the ball in the air. Many people don’t realize this, but running full speed and being able to adjust his body and hands to an inaccurately thrown ball is one of the most coveted traits a receiver can have.
He averaged over 20 yards per catch in three out of four collegiate seasons, to go along with 26 touchdown catches. He’s a big play receiver that can take the top off of a defense at any time.
His most impressive performance came against Ohio State, facing future first round cornerback Eli Apple. Moore continually torched Apple and the Buckeye secondary, catching three passes for a whopping 221 yards and three touchdowns. He showed great speed and awareness of the soft spots in the defense.
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However, even though Moore be a nice addition to the team in the next few years, his immediate impact doesn’t look like it will be significant. With the signing of Mike Wallace and the return of Breshad Perriman, Moore may not get many opportunities to get on the field.
If he can prove himself in training camp and play well on special teams, Chris Moore may have a role on offense sooner than people expect out of a fourth round pick.