With the Chargers wide receiver room looking a bit cramped as of late, it’s no surprise the Chargers passed on drafting a wideout with one of their seven picks and opted to bring in just one player at the position as a UDFA.
That lone receiver among the group is another Division II talent named Jason Moore out of Findlay University in Ohio.
With a 6-foot-3, 218-pound frame, Moore fits right in with the recent theme big-bodied receivers playing for the Chargers. As of this moment, Moore is one of seven receivers on the team that are listed at 6-foot-2 or above. Any day now, my dream of this offense turning into “basketball of turf” inches closer and closer.
During his 4-year career at Findlay, Moore utilized his size to dominate the competition, consistently showing out like a man among boys. Below are his numbers from 2015-2018:
2015 (9 starts): 38 receptions - 627 yards - 7 TDs
2016 (11 starts): 71 receptions - 1,115 yards - 15 TDs
2017 (13 starts): 65 receptions - 980 yards - 14 TDs
2018 (4 starts, suspension): 30 receptions - 495 yards - 3 TDs (For fun, he was on pace for a 82-1,361-8 stat line over a full 11-game season)
As you can plainly see, the guy has a nose for the end zone. As it was hard to find any video of Findlay University football games, you’ll all have to settle for this video below:
DB fell down but Jason Moore makes the catch, his 2nd score today. pic.twitter.com/IgSkMYHqXS— Andy Wolf (@FlowyDNA) September 24, 2016
Not much going on here, but I bet a lot of his touchdowns are similar to this situation. The cornerback obviously fell but Moore essentially had a step on him from the get-go. He was likely on a whole different level than most of his competition.
Moore left Findlay with his name plastered all over the record books. Just to name a few, Moore graduated after becoming the all-time leader in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, receptions, games with 100+ receiving yards (17), and holds single game records for yards (240) and touchdowns in a game (3, five times).
He was a two time first team All-GLIAC selection and even somehow managed an honorable mention nod following his final year after only playing in four games.
Moore performed at two different pro days earlier this year, one at Toledo and one at Miami (OH), and he performed quite well for a bigger receiver. Here are his measurements:
- 40: 4.57
- Bench: 17 reps
- Vertical: 37 inches
- Broad: 10’ 04”
- Short shuttle: 4.07
- 3-Cone: 6.62
Now those last two numbers are astounding. Anything below a 7.0 in the 3-cone is amazing and he is closer to 6.5 seconds than 7. That 4.07 shuttle ain’t too shabby, either.
Moore made his money on the jump ball and in contested catch situations. If I had to put money on it, I would believe there weren’t too many defensive backs at the DII level that could consistently cover a a receiver of Moore’s stature. In their game against Malone University, he had a pair of snags over the top of defenders that led to scores:
The Oberlin, Ohio native likely faces one of the toughest hills to climb in terms of making the final 53-man roster. Behind the team’s front three wideouts (Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Travis Benjamin), there is a log jam of young talent with Dylan Cantrell, Artavis Scott, and Andre Patton. We also can’t forget the veteran Geremy Davis whom the coaching staff continues to adore.
Best case scenario is that the Chargers elect to keep maybe 5 or 6 receivers on the active roster. If Moore can manage to slide in at number six, I think that’s the safest bet. At the moment, I think he’s definitely worth stashing on the practice squad as a developmental guy with an upside stemming from several NFL-traits (contested catches, strong hands through contact, stop-start agility).