Since the departure of Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton, the Baltimore Ravens’ WR corps has been sadly lacking. Sure, they have had above average threats in Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Smith. But none of these WRs were the bonafide stars that Mason was. As such, Joe Flacco has had to make do with what he has, which has hurt the team more often in recent years.
Has Ozzie Finally Found a WR in the Draft?
Enter the Round 4 draft pick (#107) Chris Moore. The 6′ 1″, 206 lb WR, who played at Cincinnati, has made a trend out of big vertical plays. He averaged over 19 yards per play over a 4-year college career, and, in OTAs at least, he showed no signs of slowing down. Last season alone, he made 39 catches for 823 yards, averaging 21.1 YPC, with 7 TDs tacked on for good measure. That put him at 8th in the NATION.
Moore has long arms, and good size, which can present matchup issues against some corners and a few safeties. While his 4.53 40-yard dash speed isn’t electrifying, his game speed appears to belie that number. He also has the ability to build up speed, burning defenders, and adjusts well in the backfield, securing tough catches.
However, Moore has shown that, while his vertical routes are off the charts, he has issues breaking in and out of routes, which is something that he will be working on come training camp. (Let’s face it. We have enough route issues on the team with Mike Wallace making the roster.) But with Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace stretching defenses, it will open up opportunities for Moore to do what he does best.
Look for Chris to make an appearance early and often, becoming one of Flacco’s favorite targets in tough situations, and also as an option in the end zone, as well as 3rd and long.
Random stat: His sophomore year, Moore torched Ohio State’s secondary, hauling in 3 catches for 221 yards, all of them ending in touchdowns.