The hype surrounding the Carolina Panthers rookie is incredibly real….
D.J. Moore continues to make headlines and the Carolina Panthers rookie has not even played a game in the National Football League yet. Monday, Dan Parzych of NFL Spin Zone put together a fantastic slideshow that discussed one rookie who must impress in their first year in the league.
Moore was the candidate for the Carolina Panthers. The former Maryland star was given ample praise by Parzych and the following excerpt of his argument stood out to me in particular.
"The Maryland product was considered one of the top players at his position from this year’s draft class, and even though the argument can be made that Moore would still have been available in the second round, Carolina didn’t want to take that risk in April. Moore possesses the kind of size and speed that makes him an absolute matchup nightmare for opponents, which Newton hopes to take full advantage of during the youngster’s rookie season.Training camp is the perfect opportunity for Moore to develop the necessary chemistry with Newton to give the Panthers a better chance of earning a trip to the playoffs for a second year in a row. Plus, Moore seems to be in a position where he will benefit from some of his teammates receiving extra attention from opponents, meaning the wideout could see additional passes thrown in his direction."
I would agree with his assessment here. For starters, drafting Moore that high in the draft was a risk to begin with. The wide receiver position as a whole generally has talent year in and year out. If a wideout is drafted with the No. 22 overall pick, he must be really special.
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The pick was not a risk so much because of the player. Most of the football world knows that Moore is very talented. General managers always want their first-round pick to be a home run because it is their highest one. With ample talent usually available in the first round, a flop would make the organization look bad.
The 2018 Draft in particular was stockpiled with talent. In particular, the quarterback and wide receiver positions had a tremendous amount of flair. The Carolina Panthers got it right with Moore I believe. It gives them a young deep threat they have not had in years. After all, he did not amass 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns at Maryland by accident. He has some serious skills that should be showcased in the offense.
Moore needs to make sure he starts off on the right foot for the Carolina Panthers. Especially being a rookie, struggles are expected. However, prolonged struggles will put pressure on both him and general manager Mary Hurney, and that will not help things.