Maryland’s wide receiver D.J. Moore decided to skip his senior season and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft, which will take place in April.
“DJ has been a leader for this program since the day I arrived and he’s someone that holds himself and his teammates accountable,” Terps’ head coach D.J. Durkin said in a press release. “DJ has tremendous talent and work-ethic and I know he’ll succeed at the next level. We’ll miss him as a member of our team, but could not be more proud to have him represent us in the NFL.”
Moore, who was named the Big Ten wide receiver of the year, took to Twitter to make his announcement on Tuesday.
— Moore II (@Djmoore1_) December 19, 2017
Moore received First Team All-Big Ten honors after he recorded 80 receptions, eight touchdowns and 1,033 receiving yards during the 2017 season. The Philadelphia native was ranked seventh in the nation in receptions.
Moore finished his Maryland career with 146 receptions, 2,027 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. He will go down as one of the top receivers in Maryland history as Moore is ranked fourth all-time in touchdowns catches and fifth in receptions. Despite playing alongside multiple quarterbacks, Moore caught a pass in 33 consecutive games.
“I have had an incredible three years playing for the Terps and I will truly miss playing in front of our fans,” Moore stated. “I can’t thank my teammates and coaches enough for always being there for me and supporting me. I’ve grown so much during my time at Maryland, both as a football player and as a man.”
ESPN’s Mel Kiper ranked Moore the second best receiver in the upcoming draft class.
Moore and junior cornerback JC Jackson are the only Maryland players to declare for the draft.