ESPN’s Todd McShay released his third mock draft of the offseason on Wednesday and has a familiar face at the end of the first round.
Coming off an AFC Championship game appearance and losing one of its top receivers this offseason, McShay has the Jacksonville Jaguars drafting Maryland’s own D.J. Moore with the 29th pick of the draft.
For the Jaguars, it’s a move that makes a lot of sense. The team committed to Blake Bortles for the foreseeable future, signing him to a three-year, $54 million extension, but needs to restock his arms chest. Jacksonville will likely lose wideout Allen Robinson to free agency after declining to franchise tag him, and could also lose Marquise Lee this offseason. The Jaguars would also represent a Maryland reunion, of sorts, with former Terp Yannick Ngakoue rapidly making a name for himself on the #Sacksonville defense.
For Moore, the inclusion is recognition from a league that let Stefon Diggs slide to the fifth round. All those scouts that let Maryland’s quarterback situation scare them off from Diggs may be wary to let the same happen with Moore. He’s projected as the 24th pick to the Panthers by SB Nation’s Dan Kader and is slotted 36th on SI’s Peter King’s latest Big Board.
With four different starting quarterbacks, he still amassed 80 receptions for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns as the Big Ten’s receiver of the year. Moore’s 4.43 40-yard dash at the combine only helped his stock and reputation as the one of the top receivers in this class.
Moore should be one of the first receivers off the board, and don’t be surprised if it’s before the end of the first round.
In other news
With spring practices underway, we’ve started some positional breakdowns this week. With a running back group that returns every piece and 95 percent of last season’s production, the backfield is definitely a position of strength.
It was a good week for Maryland lacrosse, with the players from the men’s and women’s teams combining to win four the the Big Ten’s six weekly awards.
Baseball had its midweek game against Delaware delayed until today at 4 p.m. ET. Starting at shortstop is AJ Lee, who learned the position from two players that are now in the big leagues, from The Diamondback.
Former Terp and No. 1 pick of the 1995 NBA Draft Joe Smith has fallen on hard times. Now, he’ll be the first guest on Alex Rodriguez’s CNBC Show “Back in the Game” when it premieres on March 13 at 10 p.m. ET.
Torrey Smith is about to host his seventh annual charity basketball game on the heels of winning his second Super Bowl as a member of the Eagles. That’s a lot to catch up on, here’s a Q&A he did with Maryland Athletics.
Football hosted two three-star prospects for visits on Wednesday, as defensive end Saleem Wormley and offensive tackle Anthony Whigan stopped by College Park. Wormley is from Smyrna, Delaware, while Whigan goes to Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College, where head coach DJ Durkin previously received commits from TJ Bradley and Alex Woods, though Woods is no longer with the program.