#14, Nick Moore, WR
(6021, 194, 4.39-4.59) Toledo
Notes: Born Nicholas A. Moore, 6/25/86. Parents are Roderick and Deborah Moore; father is a karate instructor and mother a paralegal. His older brother, Lance Moore, plays for the New Orleans Saints. Named one of the top 50 receivers in the nation by Fab 50 Recruiting coming out of South High School in Westerville, Ohio. Had 55 receptions for 12 touchdowns as a senior. Led his team to a 10-1 record and was named MVP. Was also a long jump state qualifier in track and ranked No. 20 shooting guard in the state by Prep Spotlight Magazine in basketball.
College: Redshirted in 2004. Played in 11 games in 2005, starting 9; caught 24-335-4 (14.0 avg.), missed one game with a concussion. Started 8 of 10 games in 2006; caught 20-200-0 (10.0 avg.). Started 9 of 10 games in 2007; caught 60-731-8 (12.2 avg.), missed two games with a hand injury. Finished his college career in 2008 with 78-779-1 (10.0 avg.) receiving in 12 games (9 starts). Super-productive against Michigan as he caught 20-162-0 (8.1 avg.), but was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and intoxication following that game, leading to an opening-game benching the following contest. Team captain. Individualized studies major.
Pre-Draft: Posted 1.53 10-yard dash, 2.62 20-yard dash, 4.39-4.59 40-yard dash, 35-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-4 broad jump, 4.18 short shuttle, 6.91 three-cone drill in workouts prior to the draft.
Pro: Signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft.
Positives: Nice size and athletic ability. Looks like an NFL receiver. Deceptively fast. Good quickness, agility and separation. Gets open. Has soft, natural hands. Tracks the ball nicely and appears very natural catching the ball. Has shown flashes of outstanding productivity against higher-level competition. Good body control and balance. Tough, and will take a hit. Has NFL bloodlines.
Negatives: Needs to get stronger and add bulk to his thin frame. Is not a legitimate downfield deep threat. Needs development as a blocker. Has had some injury problems. Has usually faced average competition to this point. Needs to work harder in the weight room.
Summary: Has the tools to make it and contribute but needs to make the transition to the pro game and learn and apply what it takes to truly excel at the game's highest level. If he's willing to pay the price, he could eventually develop into a solid player, much like his older brother has with the Saints.
What they said:
"A four-year starter in the Mid-American Conference with the agility, toughness and dependable hands to develop as a short-to-intermediate receiver. Priority free agent." - Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly
"Nick has real good size and some computer numbers that you look for. His route running has improved, but at the pro level, he'll need to spend some time in the weight room to improve his overall strength quotient. If things fall right, he could develop into a fourth or fifth wide receiver for the right team." - Mel Kiper, Jr.
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