Maryland WR D.J. Moore continues to climb up draft boards after impressive NFL Combine

Maryland wide receiver D J Moore runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The hype train for University of Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore has officially left the station.

The All-Big Ten pass catcher had been building steam as an NFL prospect after a season where brutal quarterback luck (four starters in one season) and minimal team success (4-8) prevented his 80-catch, 1033-yard, eight-touchdown 2017 season from getting more attention. But a stellar week at the NFL Scouting Combine has him shooting up draft boards the way Moore went up for so many contested catches with the Terrapins.

The Philadelphia native got things started by measuring in at 6 feet and 210 pounds, quieting questions about his height.

He then displayed the explosion that helped him break tackles and pile up yards after the catch in College Park with a vertical jump of 39 inches and a broad jump of 11 feet.

In fact, Moore's vertical was the second best of any receiver at the combine. That number was not as much of a surprise for Maryland fans, who got to see Moore do things like this:

And this:

Then came the all-important 40-yard dash. Moore's best traits have been his strong hands and big body but in Indianapolis, he showed off the speed that led him to turn so many screen passes into homeruns. Moore clocked in at 4.42 seconds. That is four tenths of a second faster than what current Minnesota Vikings' star and fellow Terp Stefon Diggs ran in 2015.

A reliable receiver who got open consistently, Moore has been compared to Anquan Boldin, Golden Tate, Diggs and Dez Bryant and was widely viewed by many evaluators as a second or third round pick. But the physical display he put on in Indianapolis had legendary NFL talent evaluator Gil Brandt and others touting the Terrapin as possibly the best receiver in the draft.

Moore entered school with the unenviable task of following up Diggs in College Park. Now he could end up being the first Maryland player drafted in the first round since fellow Terps receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey in 2009.

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