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Packers Profile: J’Mon Moore

The Tape

  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Age: 22
  • Height: 6’ 3”
  • Weight:  205 pounds
  • 40-yard Dash:  4.6 seconds
  • Vertical Jump: 38”
  • Broad Jump: 120”
  • Bench Press: 21 reps at 225 pounds

The Roots

J’Mon Moore grew up outside of Houston in Missouri City, Texas.  He attended Elkins High School where he participated in football, basketball and track & field.  Elkins High School has graduated a few NFL players in D.J. Hayden, Jake Matthews and KaRon Coleman.  Several Major League Baseball players have also attended the school.

During his final two high school years, Moore posted excellent numbers as a wide receiver.  During his junior season, he posted 30 catches for 722 yards.  Following that up, he grabbed 50 passes for 1,026 yards and 10 touchdowns during his senior campaign.  With the big numbers put up by Moore, he was one of the top wide receiver recruits coming out of the football hotbed in Texas.  Large powerhouses like USC, Michigan State, Miami, Texas, Nebraska, West Virginia, Texas A&M and others showed recruitment interest in the young Moore.  But after he and his mother visited the Missouri campus in Columbia, Missouri, Moore knew that is where he would sign immediately.    

While impressing coaches with his athleticism right out of the gate upon joining the Tigers program, he was redshirted due to a shoulder injury that required surgery.  Moore received limited snaps and only two catches during his redshirt freshman year.  During his sophomore year, he would lead the team with 350 receiving yards on 29 catches and three touchdowns.  Showing he had the ability to become the top receiver for the team, he broke out during his junior season with 62 catches for 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns.  The following year, he would top those numbers with 65 receptions, 1,082 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

With two 1,000 yards seasons to end his career as a Tiger, Moore would join good company in Jeremy Maclin as the only two wide receivers in program history to accomplish that feat.  He was also named to second-team All-SEC honors his final season.

His numbers during his final two seasons opened a lot of eyes of NFL scouts as Moore entered the 2018 NFL draft.  With some impressive work at the NFL Combine, Moore was selected by the Green Bay Packers during the fourth round of the draft with the 133rd overall pick.

The Future

Joining a draft class of three total wide receivers and a 90-man roster that currently has 11 wide receivers, Moore will enter training camp this summer among a large group of receivers hoping to lock a spot on the team in 2018. 

While not posting a stellar 40-yard time at the combine, Moore shows great quickness with his three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle times being among the highest of all of the wide receivers at the NFL Combine.  His 21 reps on the bench press impressed as well and should translate well to handling press coverage on the line at the NFL level.

Through his college years, Moore showed great route running ability and this will definitely help him in earning the trust of Aaron Rodgers when he’s spinning spirals Moore’s way.  His downfall upon entering the draft was dropping the football at the college level.  During his junior season, Moore earned a spot on the bench during a game because of his drops.  Hopefully, the yips on passes at the college level are long forgotten and can be worked on during training camp. 

With Davante Adams and Randall Cobb holding the top two spots on the squad, the remainder of the four to five slots on the team will be a great battle to pay attention to this summer.  Incumbents Trevor Davis, Michael Clark and Geronimo Allison are not locks to make the final 53-man roster come September.  With Moore and fellow draft selections Equanimeous St. Brown and Marquez Valdex-Scantling breathing down their neck, the wide receiver group will be one I will be watching closely come training camp. 

To read more about Moore and watch his impressive Mizzou highlight reel, click here.  I know that I’ll be keeping a close eye on the new number 82 in green and gold this summer to see how he adjusts and progresses to life in the NFL.  The skills and talent are definitely there for J’Mon Moore to succeed on this team.  Now it is up to him and the coaching staff to make it work. 

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Ryan Brunner is an avid Packers fan hailing from Chippewa Falls, WI.  He is a firm believer that punters are NFL players too!  Follow him on Twitter @brunwardo

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HankScorpio's picture

I like the J'Mon Moore pick every day. I read the other day that he either led or was among the leaders among SEC WRs in yards on deep throws.

The Packers could surely use a guy that can produce on deep throws.

dobber's picture

" I read the other day that he either led or was among the leaders among SEC WRs in yards on deep throws."

Very productive receiver playing against the best competition and best athletes in college football. Averaged 16+ ypc over his last two seasons? Kid has a great opportunity in GB.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

He also ran a 4.48 at his pro day.

GBPDAN1's picture

His name has a little Jamaican to it ;

'Pass the J, Mon'

worztik's picture

NICE!!!

Nick Perry's picture

Most (At least from what I've read on Moore) thought his drops were mostly due to trying to make a move before he secured the ball. If that's the case he can be coached to overcome that.

I'm also not concerned in the least on his 40 time. I don't give a damn what a guy in spandex down in a 3pt. sprinters stance did at the combine. Whens the last time you saw Nelson, Adams, or Cobb start a route like that? Sorry folks but I will go to the grave thinking the 40 at the combine is the most over-hyped event at the combine. WATCH his tape when he's wearing PADS and you'll see a guy who's both quick and fast, at least fast enough to pull away from defenders or not get caught from behind.

Unless the Packers sign a veteran WR before or during TC I think the #2 outside WR position is Moore's. Maybe not week 1 but coming out of the bye for sure.

HankScorpio's picture

I definitely agree that 40 time is over-rated. We're talking about parsing 1 or 2 tenths of a second difference when both guys know where they are running. That's not how football works.

Take this somewhat common real-life scenario: CB is playing press coverage. WR defeats the jam in a way that causes the CB to stumble. WR runs away from the stumbling CB, who can't use his 1/10 of a second speed advantage to recover from the stumble.

Or this one: CB is playing off coverage. WR throws a beautiful false step that makes CB bite hard in the wrong direction.. 1/10 of one second is not enough to overcome the hard step in the wrong direction.

And, of course, CB can be all over a WR with no effect if the CB cannot make the play on the ball in the air. That can be about the craft of body control, positioning and judging trajectory.

dobber's picture

Couldn't agree more. Most pass plays last, what, 3-5 seconds?

dobber's picture

It's true on long routes, but on shorter and underneath stuff where long speed isn't going to matter much, those stumbles and missed jams are tough for CBs to make up.

Moore's a stronger kid with good quicks. In the end, he might only be a 4.55 type guy (if you take his pro day and Combine and compare them) in terms of straight line speed, but if he's got any chops running routes, he'll get separation.

Nick Perry's picture

BUT if a WR runs a 4.49 40 he IS considered fast, at least to most. So if Moore beats his man's jam at his own 20 yard line on a deep post pattern do you think the CB will recover and catch up because he's "Fast"? I mean a big guy like Moore would get at least a 5 yard cushion, maybe more but I doubt that CB is catching him.

I had a Gym teacher show us once the difference between a a 4.60 40 and a 4.39 40 time. The difference was clicking his stop watch as fast as he could on and off...click,click...you have a difference of about .21 hundredths of a second....Jerry Rice, Keenan Allen, Jordy Nelson, Chris Carter, Larry Fitzgerald all had terrible 40 times, most of those worse than Moore. I could give a few more if you'd like.

At the end of the day I get your argument, I just think it's overblown.

dobber's picture

We often overemphasize hundredths of a second....we see 4.48 as being "fast" and 4.52 as being "average" when they're really not meaningfully different, or could just be the difference between warming up an extra couple minutes before being timed or the difference between 7 and 8 hours of sleep the night before

I agree: tenths of a second are meaningful in the open field, but not on most other plays.

HankScorpio's picture

Speed is meaningful. A snapshot timing of that speed on one day in controlled conditions that don't match a football field may (or may not) be a meaningful measure of speed. We've all seen scouts say that the combine measurements are to confirm what they see on tape.

Teams start getting into trouble when they pay more attention to the measurables and less to the tape.

But those numbers do make for good cussing and discussing the latest draft choices until we get something more meaningful on the field.

dobber's picture

I always enjoy reading your posts, Hank.

The TKstinator's picture

You had me at “cussing and discussing”!

(Kinda makes it sound like “cussing” is the opposite of “discussing”. Therefore, you have me very “gruntled”.)

flackcatcher's picture

Classic example is Adams. Fans complained that he couldn't get separation in his rookie season. By his third season he was beating every CB of his breaks, so much so that teams were playing 3-5 yards off Adams at the line. (First time I have ever seen a WR break dance at LOS. Simply amazing.)

The TKstinator's picture

Conversely, I think the combine 40 is underrated.
Especially when it’s Rich Eisen.

dobber's picture

Was Rich Eisen that slow?

The TKstinator's picture

Yes.
Instead of rushing through it, he knows how to savor the experience.

Bure9620's picture

The 40 doesnt matter?!?!?, you mean all wide receivers don't start from the line of scrimmage in a 3 point stance with their feet in blocks in a live game?? HAHA, Ya, if you have crappy start it can cause you 2 10th of a second easily, I agree with John Eric-Sullivan, the 40 is just tool to help in confirming play speed.

croatpackfan's picture

He is my favorite from the drafted group of the receivers...

Everything else is written in the article above...

RCPackerFan's picture

I really can't wait to see all of the rookie WR's. I do think that Moore will be ready to contribute the fastest. The early word out of the rookie camp was that Moore stood out the most. We can take whatever we want out of that. But from what I have seen/heard he is the most pro ready of the 3.

If Moore or either of the other rookies can come in and at the very least be our 4th WR, I think that will bode well for the team.

I'm really anxious to see this new approach on offense. While they likely won't change everything, maybe they will make some changes that allow the young and rookie WR's to be able to contribute more earlier. They almost need to with only 2 WR's with more then 3 years experience on the roster.

Razer's picture

You must type faster than me. I couldn't agree more. Getting the talent to contribute sooner is key to getting the next generation WRs going for this Packer team. Looking forward to the changes as well.

RCPackerFan's picture

Thats funny.

The biggest thing most of us talk about is the change at DC. But I think the change at OC could be just as big.

Philbon knows how to challenge McCarthy and knows how to run the offense. I think him coaching elsewhere he will bring some different concepts back to GB.
They have already said that they are taking the scrub brush to the offense. We won't know what that means until the season starts.
I do think we will see more use of the RB's in the passing game. Not just as a pass protector or used for screens.

I hope they do make changes to allow the young WR's to contribute. From guys like Michael Clark and Yancey to the 3 rookies they have a lot of young players that could be on the 53.

HankScorpio's picture

And the best part about all those young WRs is that there is not enough room to keep them all. So there will be competition for roster spots. That's a good thing.

Razer's picture

I too like the J'Mon Moore pick. In fact, I like the pool of raw talent that we have at WR. We have size, speed and youth. We need a couple of these guys to step up and I think that Moore is the first in line.

I do hope that MM and Philbin streamline this offense and allow the players to contribute sooner. 3 years for a WR to evolve into a system player is too long. It seems that the offense has gotten too sophisticated ala a Caper's defense. All this talent is useless if they horses can't figure out the system. Looking forward to a new-look defense AND offense this season.

Nick Perry's picture

"I do hope that MM and Philbin streamline this offense and allow the players to contribute sooner. 3 years for a WR to evolve into a system player is too long."

Couldn't agree more Razer. The Saints offense is always one of the NFL's best yet they had 2 WR's who have had UNBELIEVABLE Rookie seasons under Sean Payton. Just look at the rookie seasons by Marques Colston in 2006 and Micheal Thomas in 2016...

Colston...70 catches...1038 yards...8 TD's....7th round pick from Hofstra

Thomas...92 catches...1137 yards...9 TD's....2nd round pick Ohio St.

That's just the Saints. I could give more examples but the idea is it does and can happen. Moore and St. Brown are my picks to contribute THIS year.

EdsLaces's picture

The WR and DB battle this year is gonna be fun to watch ...

dobber's picture

(In best Macho Man Randy Savage voice)

Oh, YEAH!!!

Minniman's picture

Yes, this is an unusual position in the Pros for a contending team - there are clear cut 1st team positions unfilled just waiting for someone to assert themselves there....... no maybes, these seats are bona fide empty.

This would be one great reality TV type show to watch with privy to insider takes..... especially for the WR position...... so many prospects with different, but complimentary, strengths.......... which ones to choose?

Handsback's picture

Moore had a really good QB throwing to him last year, will probably go #1 or 2 in next year's draft, and showed much more down the field route running and YAC ability. If I'm not mistaken, they didn't have another good receiver so he was the guy with a target on his back. He could become a very special player....

Flow49's picture

Really good is a stretch in my opinion. Lock has a collegiate completion percentage of 55% and has never cracked 60% in any season. He seems to disappear in big games or against good D’s. Watching the bowl game vs UT last year was brutal. Moore’s success is more of his own doing than lock in my opinion. And if any GM spends a #1 overall pick on Lock may god have mercy on their soul, because their owner won’t.

Try to watch most Mizzou games, it was easier to watch them in Dallas than PA.

dobber's picture

He's still been a remarkably productive QB in the SEC for two seasons now. Even if Missouri was only a .500 team, that's enough to push him up draft boards all by itself.

WKUPackFan's picture

Lock is currently the 15th overall selection in one 2019 mock draft. He's really good.

WKUPackFan's picture

So true Jonathan, Walter's May 15 mock is the one I was referring to. Walter's other analyst, Charlie Campbell, has Lock going #24 overall in his May 14 mock.

Flow49's picture

Not saying he hasn’t been a productive college player. I don’t see him translating to the NFL. I’m no scout but I don’t see a corner stone of a franchise. Time will tell...

dobber's picture

Unless he collapses in 2018, he'll be overdrafted based on position and past performance....very possibly a first-rounder depending on who else comes out and how they perform.

Flow49's picture

No disagreement here, I hope he post a great season then I’ll have something to root for on Saturdays. I see the world through green and yellow glasses but am a touch more pessimistic as a Mizzou fan.

Johnblood27's picture

if kizer was coming out in 2019 he would be a 1st rounder...

mc m

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

Starter immediately. Put him opposite Adams.

His Pro Day 40 was sub 4.5, and his quickness and strength numbers are top notch.

For those saying 40 times don't matter, I would counter with ALL physical attributes matter. Jerry Rice went fitness nut to add speed in the pros. The Packers offense has been devastated in recent years by slow WR's and TE's. While you can have a player or two with slow 40's, heaven help your team (and especially special teams) if you have too many.

All 32 teams have guys carrying stopwatches when watching 40's at pro days and the Combine--but hey, what do they know? It's not like they're highly skilled bloggers...

Naturally, someone will cite successful slower players and unsuccessful faster ones--as if I'm saying 40 times are the only measure. Such examples are exceptions, not the rule.

Bottom line: Moore is an exciting talent with an easier learning curve than the other two rookies. He's a natural, and hopefully will start from Day 1.

dobber's picture

We can talk about how a guy tests (which is only somewhat relevant to how he plays), but in the end, the question is: can he get separation? I've said before that I think Moore, with his quickness and strength (and what seems to be maybe average speed), might be Cobb's replacement in the slot, but that doesn't mean he can't be the immediate answer on the outside as other WR develop.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

Moore looks like he could work well both outside and in the slot. I'd put him outside, as we already have two ideal guys--Cobb and Montgomery--for working the slot.

dobber's picture

Sure...but how likely is Cobb to be back in 2019? I think the Packers have some preliminary talks with him (depending on how 2018 goes) but let him test the waters before making much of an effort to resign him, if at all.

holmesmd's picture

Great post! I really think MVS &ESB are going to surprise some folks. MVS reminds me of AJ Green. We will of course need to see how this potential develops but GB has the best stable of young WR’s since I can remember. #12 has to be giddy. If Graham and even 2 of these young cats are impactful, this will be a top 3 offense without question. The running game is also so much better than anyone sees coming that I’m going to love to see the new OC gashes teams on the ground. Sign Evans again and start whipping these young OL fellas and it should be offensive fireworks this season! I hope Rodgers arm is the same?! That Carolina playoff game was ducksville at the end of last year:(

4thand1's picture

If you want track stars go draft from a track meet. If you want football stars draft football players, Moore is a football player that played against top notch talent. Moore's arrow is pointing way up and he has AR as his QB. It'll be interesting to see what AR says about him early in TC.

dobber's picture

I know this has been said before, but look at a guy like Jarvis Landry. One of the worst Combines you've ever seen. His Pro Day was only slightly better and there's very little in the testing that makes him stand out. Still, he's been consistently productive over 4 years averaging 100 catches and 1000 yards over that span.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I loved this pick. I am a sucker for a great 3-cone time that shows up on tape (gotta be both). Does he play a lot in 2018? I think he does.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

Yep, I like the 3-cone too.

Most of all, I look at the total athletic package--height, strength, 40, 3-cone, SS--all of it. Each element carries crucial value.

I always chuckle at people who want to single out the 40 as somehow being meaningless. That's crazy. Every team measures it, and these guys are playing on an enormous field.

EddieLeeIvory's picture

I like J'Mon a lot too.

But the dimension that is there & ready that can make our offense take it to another level is utilizing the fine RB's out of the backfield. We know how hard it is to defend a good route-running back.

Montgomery possesses skills as a receiver that no other RB in the NFL does. I hope Philbin can use that to our advantage.
And Aaron Jones is great in that area too, judging by his work doing it at UTEP.

We added Jimmy Graham. We have 3 new rookie WRs. Now let's hit them with RBs coming outta the backfield on mismatches against slower-footed LBers.

Let's go!

Oppy's picture

Jamaal WIlliams averaged 10.6 yards per reception last year on a sample size of roughly 25 catches..

Oppy's picture

10.5 on 25 catches with 2 TDs, long of 54 yards.

Even if you take out the long reception, he still averages 8.6 yards / reception.

I get that Aaron Jones is a big threat, and Monty has unique skill set.. but people seem to disregard Jamaal's combination of blocking, tough inside running, and ability to create yards in space when thrown the ball.

We've got a great RB room at this point. If Mayes (and the staff) shake off Mayes' fumbles last season an he turns out how many believe he can.. Montgomery might be the odd man out by the end of 2018.

Oppy's picture

I would be surprised to see J'mon or ESJ not make this team.

JMon is a proven producer and his drops are reportedly mental lapse and can be worked out.

ESJ is supposedly among the most impressive size-speed-athleticism prospects at WR in years, was hampered by poor QB play his final year, and is a worker. Supposedly loves to grind. And his intelligence will likely mean he picks up the offense quickly and will probably get along with Rodgers well.

MVS however concerns me a bit. People are going to love the speed and height on paper, but somewhere I read scouting reports that said he doesn't take coaching well, doesn't like to work, and that coaches were going to struggle to get him motivated. I don't put a ton of stock in the anonymous scout reports because sometimes they are put out as smokescreens and misinformation, so I'm more than happy to see what happens, but it does concern me.

Long story short (too late), I don't think J'Mon or ESJ would get past waivers. Instant pick up. MVS might not either, but he seems to be the most "project" of the three and might make it to PS.

Rak47's picture

Sounds about right to me.

flackcatcher's picture

This could be a really special rookie class, especially this WR group. Combo of quickness, height, straight line speed and football IQ is special. Like everyone else looking forward to training camp......

Oppy's picture

Who's left? Oren?

dobber's picture

Yep. I read somewhere that the current cap structure (built around early picks) frequently leads 3rd rounders to be the last to sign.

WKUPackFan's picture

Burks just signed.

Rak47's picture

Watched a few different highlight films of his and you can just throw out that 4.6 40yd dash out the window. No one was catching this kid as he is "football fast" like Jordy Nelson. I noticed in his highlights he is a long strider who can open up his speed out of his breaks. I think a poor start out of the blocks combined with his long strides hurt his 40 time but I bet if he ran the 100 yd dash he would clock in the 10's. This kid looks like a young version of Jordy. He might just be my favorite pick by Gutekunst along with EQ St.Brown and Cole Madison, hard for me to decide.

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