Former Georgia Bulldog, Michael Moore, Is Ready for the NFL's Call

Kimberley Nash@sambrooklynSenior Writer IApril 20, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 31:  Michael Moore #82 of the Georgia Bulldogs pull in this touchdown reception against the Florida Gators at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Georgia Bulldog fans are not unfamiliar with Michael Moore. He may not have shared the same stat lines as A.J. Green, or posted the type of numbers Mohammed Massaquoi did in 2008 as a No. 2 receiver, but that hasn't diminished his appeal as a potential sleeper pick for an NFL team that may be in the market for a hard-working slot-man.

Moore's star seemed to be on the rise at the end of the 2008 season, where in the Capital One Bowl, he nabbed six passes for 97-yards and a score. It was immediately felt that his time had come and 2009 was going to cement his status as a bona fide No. 2 alongside A.J. Green.

Things didn't go as planned, however, and Moore seemed to be phased out of the offense by the third game of the year.  He struggled to find his place in a Georgia offense, that admittedly, was a bit inconsistent last season. 

He ended the year with 25 receptions and 249-yards (9.96 YPC). That was a dip from the previous year where he tallied 451-yards on 29 receptions (15.56 YPC). That said, he still managed to find the end zone five times—he only had two scores in 2008.

Despite the disappointing numbers, Moore recovered nicely at his pro day and his NFL Stock went from him being a relative afterthought to a possible late-round selection in the NFL Draft.

Most impressive to scouts were his bench numbers (22 reps at 225-lbs) that would have bested all wide receivers at the NFL Combine.

Even more, it blew away the bench numbers of Dez Bryant, who at his pro day, quit after only 14 reps. Bryant was considered by many to be the best wide receiver in the draft coming into the 2009 season, and at one time was a potential top five pick.

Does this mean that Moore is better than Dez Bryant? No, but it highlights Moore's desire to be the best he can be, despite the odds. It's a trait that many NFL teams can appreciate in this day and age—a wide receiver whose production can shine brighter than his personality.

Moore has the body at 6'2", 215 lbs, and the skills to be a steady contributor at the next level, and in the NFL, there are no shortages of teams in need of a guy who can be productive both on and off the field. 

His numbers may not have proven his worth as a wide receiver at the college level, but if he catches on with the right team at the next one, he could be a steal.