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Moore overcame three different head coaches in three years and terribly inconsistent play from the Volunteers' quarterbacks to establish himself as a legitimate NFL prospect during his senior year, averaging a staggering 21 yards on 43 catches to go with nine touchdowns.
Smooth and NFL ready, Moore projects well as a No. 2 WR at the next level, offering sound route-running, consistent hands and proven ability to go deep and make the tough catch.
Positives: Well-rounded receiver prospect. Soft, natural hands, can snatch in traffic and high points in space. Excellent "trajectory assessment" of thrown ball, especially off-target throws (of which he had plenty at UT) - adjusts his route immediately to the correct course straight to where the ball will be when it descends. Disciplined route-runner. Good effort and technique blocking. Consistent deep threat. Two-year starter really emerged during a fine senior season.
Negatives: Didn't do much as a kick returner in limited chances. Thin build, not a dominant blocker. While fast and shifty, is not elite in either category. Can have trouble breaking through press man coverage. Was shut down by better competition, although it is fair to point out that the whole UT offense was shut down too often, and there isn't much a receiver can do when the quarterback is constantly under immediate pressure.
Moore became just the seventh Vols receiver to eclipse 2,000 career yards (2,004) after posting the seventh-best season total (981 yards & 9 TDs in 2010) in school history. He was the only 2010 player in major college football with a pair of 200-yard receiving games and the first UT wideout with two in either a season or career.
Tennessees best deep threat compiling 40 catches last year for 540 yards Led team with seven receiving TDs Tied with Gerald Jones for active career TD lead with nine Slow start to begin 2009 because of injuries, contributing only one catch in first three games Then had 39 receptions over final 10 contests Best outing came against Memphis, with seven catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns Added four catches for 67 yards and one TD in Chick-fil-A Bowlagainst Virginia Tech.
Games/Starts: 12/0 ... Vols deep play threat had UT's three longest receptions of season ... Finished with 11 catches and 271 yards for per catch average of 24.6 -- best on team by nearly 12 yards ... Two receiving touchdowns were second most on team ... Had three catches for season-best 65 yards and one touchdown against Northern Illinois ... Set up Tennessee's first score against Georgia with 60-yard grab ... Caught a 45-yard pass against Mississippi State ... Capped off season with a 63-yard touchdown reception from Jonathan Crompton against Kentucky -- UT's longest pass play of season.
Games/Starts: 14/0 ... Selected to Coaches Freshman All-SEC team ... Caught passes in eight different games and played in all 14 ... Also returned four kickoffs for 21.8-yard average ... Made first appearance as true freshman in season opener at California ... Caught one pass for nine yards and returned one kickoff for 31 yards ... Returned three kickoffs for 56 yards and caught one pass for two yards against Southern Mississippi ... Added single catches against Arkansas State, Georgia, Alabama and LSU ... Biggest regular season outing was four-catch effort for 36 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette ... Topped that with four catches for 86 yards in Outback Bowl triumph against Wisconsin.
PrepStar All-America Named 2A TSWA/Collin Street Bakery first-team All-State as a kick returner as a senior in 2006 and junior in 2005 Named second-team Reebok Super Team as a defensive back Honored as All-District as a senior and junior. As a senior in 2006, caught 32 passes for 501 yards and rushed 27 times for over 200 yards As a junior in 2005, totaled 27 receptions for 423 yards and eight touchdowns Also as a junior, tallied 287 yards on the ground with two touchdowns on 22 carries. Texas state high school champion in the 110M-hurdles in 13.73 as a junior in 2006 Also set school record in the 110M hurdles Starting point guard on the Tatum basketball team while averaging 20.1 points per game Coach at Tatum HS: Andy Evans.
Full name: Denarius Earl Moore ... Born: Dec. 9, 1988.
Draft Scout Player News
11/26/15 - WR Denarius Moore was placed on waivers by the Bills Wednesday (Nov. 25).
10/07/15 - WR Denarius Moore was signed to return punts, and the Bills cut Marcus Thigpen to make room for him. Moore was cut by the Bengals and has not played in a game this season.
09/01/15 - WR Denarius Moore had his contract terminated by the Bengals Monday (Aug. 31).
04/06/15 - WR Denarius Moore left the Raiders for the Bengals Monday (April 6), signing a one-year contract.
Moore, 26, gives the Bengals depth at a position that was decimated last year by injuries. In his first three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, Moore compiled 130 receptions and 2,154 yards.
The fifth-year pro struggled last season, recording only 12 receptions for 115 yards in 10 games.
The speedy Moore will reconnect with Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in Cincinnati. Jackson was the head coach of the Raiders in 2011, the year Moore was drafted in the fifth round.
03/08/15 - WR Denarius Moore, unrestricted FA update, had only 12 receptions for 115 yards, career lows, as he fell out of favor with the coaching staff and was passed on the depth chart by free-agent acquisitions such as Kenbrell Thompkins and Vincent Brown. Consistency has always been an issue.