T.J. Moe: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Missouri WR

Alessandro Miglio@@AlexMiglioFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2013

T.J. Moe: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Missouri WR

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    As NFL draft comparisons go, Wes Welker isn't a bad one.

    It might be a lazy comparison, but T.J. Moe has the potential to be a great slot receiver at the next level. Here are five things you should know about the Missouri product.

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of sports-reference.com.

Background

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    Full Name: T.J. Moe

    Birthday: October 14

    Hometown: O'Fallon, Missouri

    School: Missouri

    Year: Senior

    Major: Business Administration

     

    Amazingly enough, T.J. Moe's full name and age cannot be found on the Internet. Perhaps it is his full name.

College Stats

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    Call it the Blaine Gabbert factor, but T.J. Moe's statistics fell off a cliff after his quarterback went to the NFL in 2011. He, like many others, suffered with Gabbert's successor.

     

    Offense

      Receiving Rushing
    Year Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD
    2009 2 8 4.0 0 0 0   0
    2010 92 1045 11.4 6 12 81 6.8 1
    2011 54 649 12.0 4 11 61 5.5 0
    2012 40 399 10.0 1 7 26 3.7 0
    Career 188 2101 11.2 11 30 168 5.6 1

     


    Special Teams

      Kick Returns Punt Returns
    Year Ret Yds Avg TD Ret Yds Avg TD
    2009 0 0   0 0 0   0
    2010 0 0   0 0 0   0
    2011 26 607 23.3 0 9 47 5.2 0
    2012 8 186 23.3 0 1 3 3 0
    Career 34 793 23.3 0 10 50 5 0

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 204 lbs.

    Arm Length: 30.125"

    Hand Size: 9.875"

     

    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 4.74 seconds 

    225-pound bench press: 26 reps (top performer)

    Broad jump: 120"

    Vertical jump: 36"

    20-yard shuttle: 3.96 seconds (top performer)

    60-yard shuttle: 10.87 seconds (top performer)

    3-cone drill: 6.53 seconds (top performer)

     

    It was a memorable couple of days at the combine for T.J. Moe, who was roundly mocked on social media for turning in the slowest time at wide receiver.

    He did rather well in everything else, though, including catching the ball during drills. He also rectified that poor 40 time with a 4.5-second performance at Missouri's pro day.

The Wes Welker Connection

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    Any good slot receiver with certain caucasian qualities is going to evoke comparisons to Wes Welker. After all, Welker is the most prolific slot receiver in the NFL.

    But T.J. Moe is a different guy (via Chris Roling of Bleacher Report):

    Moe is a slot receiver in the utmost sense who draws comparisons to Wes Welker and Danny Amendola thanks to his quick feet and versatility. 

    At 6'0" and 204 pounds, Moe is much heavier than the aforementioned receivers who have made a living in the slot in the NFL. This allows him to make the tough catches over the middle, as well as break away for massive gains. 

    It won't be difficult to distinguish the two side by side; Moe is a much bigger prospect.

Observations

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    An awful 40-yard dash at the combine gave Twitter something to snicker about with T.J. Moe. Here is what the Twitterverse has had to say about the Missouri receiver:

     

    3cone WAY more important for his game. 26 (!) reps too RT @dougkyednesnT.J. Moe finished last in the 40 and first in the 3-cone. #UhOkay

    — Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom) February 24, 2013

     

     

    T.J. Moe just put up a 4.75 40 and looked like he was doing a slow-motion Baywatch-style run compared to these other dudes.

    — Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) February 24, 2013

     

     

    Welcome to the SEC? RT @mcmurphycbs: Mizzou's T.J. Moe on SEC: "They say girls are prettier here, air's fresher & toilet paper is thicker"

    — CBSSports.com (@CBSSports) July 17, 2012

     

     

    Tj Moe just scored a 99 yard touchdown for the #Patriots. I mean Wes Welker. #Wheels

    — Kim English (@Englishscope24) September 13, 2011

     

    Gotta love TJ Moe. Gets open, catches ball. Makes it sound and look simple.

    — Pat Forde (@YahooForde) December 29, 2010