Maryland football’s D.J. Moore and JC Jackson officially received invitations Tuesday to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis at the end of February.
Moore and Jackson were the only two Terps to declare for the draft early; these invitations somewhat validate those decisions. Senior linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr., who just led the team in tackles for the third straight season, did not receive an invitation.
Jackson, a former four-star recruit and Under Armour All-American, originally signed with Florida, where DJ Durkin was the defensive coordinator. He left and transferred to Maryland from Riverside Community College ahead of the 2016 season in which he started 11 games and recorded 40 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and five pass breakups. Jackson improved on those numbers in his second year in College Park, starting all 12 games racking up another 40 tackles, three interceptions and seven pass breakups. Walter Football ranks Jackson as the No. 7 cornerback in the class.
Moore is coming off a record-setting season at Maryland. The junior wideout was named the Big Ten receiver of the year and was an all-conference first-team selection. With four different starting quarterbacks, Moore caught a school-record 80 passes, for 1,033 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He was the unquestionable go-to target for the Terps, becoming the first receiver since Hakeem Nicks to surpass 1,000 receiving yards despite not having a quarterback throw for more than 1,500. Matt Miller’s latest mock draft on Bleacher Report has Moore going at No. 45 overall to the Green Bay Packers.
The NFL Draft Combine runs from Feb. 27 to March 5 and will be broadcast on NFL Network. Moore will workout with the wide receivers on Saturday, March 3 and Jackson will work with the rest of the defensive backs on Tuesday, March 5.