Former Missouri wide receiver J’Mon Moore sat down with DraftNasty to talk about bouncing back, route running and what makes him such a dangerous receiver after the catch. The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Moore averaged 15.7 yards per reception with 21 touchdowns during his career. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in each of his last two seasons on campus.
DN: Your straight-stem (as a route runner) and not having a lot of wasted movement is very important. What have you worked on to improve that?
Moore: Just one of the things that I always work on when I think about route running is trying to play as low as possible. Because I know I’m a tall, long guy. I think about the best way to get to my depth without giving away anything and then kind of switching it up at the top of the route.
DN: When you catch the football, you run angry after the catch. Who did you kind of grow up and pattern that after?
Moore: Growing up, I played a little bit of running back. I played in the streets of Houston and we used to do sideline-kill. Once you get in that grass, I didn’t like getting tackled. I used to just run mad. Usually when I get the ball, I kind of run with a type of aggression because I don’t like to be tackled. So, I kinda think that aggression just came from me growing up. It started at a young age.
DN: Back-to-back seasons with 1,000 yards. You played with a quarterback (Drew Lock) who set an SEC record for touchdown passes. You were the No. 1 receiver but Emanuel Hall this year also showcased his speed. Former triple jump guy. Who’s the fastest out of you and Emanuel Hall?
Moore: I give it to E-Man (Hall). E-Man’s a track guy. Let him have that one.
DN: But it seems like you’re a 4.4-guy?
Moore: Yes sir, I’ve got some speed to. But Emanuel is elite speed. That’s him. He’s got that straight-line speed. I got the straight-line speed but I got that lateral too, side-to-side. I can get a little shifty. I’ve got some good body control.
DN: Absolutely. Who was the toughest corner you’d say you went against?
Moore: Toughest corner. I want to give a shot out to that Florida corner. He’s young, can’t remember his name (CJ Henderson). He’s going to be good. The best corner that I saw…um, I like Lammons.
DN: South Carolina (Chris Lammons).
Moore: I like him. He was a pretty good cat. He did his thing. That was kind of one of my bad games, but I liked his style.
DN: If you were to say that there was a game that the scouts come up and say, ‘This is a game that I want you to watch’, and maybe if they ask you why, what game would that be?
Moore: Game that I want somebody to watch. Uh, I wanna say…Florida was a good game. But, I’ll tell them to turn on the Arkansas game, even though I had a lot of drops that game. That was the game I had the most drops. Even though I dropped the ball like that, I was still able to be focused. I didn’t let those drops get to me. I just moved forward from them, I stayed in the game.
DN: And you’re referring to that back-shoulder catch at the end of the game.
Moore: Yes sir. I was just able to put those drops to the side and not let them build on me and mess up my whole flow of the game. So, I think I did good with the adversity during the Arkansas game.
DN: What’s your best route? The deep stops on the outside, you do those pretty well.
Moore: I’m like a double-move guy. Really, I like any double move. I like slant, sluggo (slant-and-go), I like post-corners, corner-posts, whatever. I like double moves. I like those kind of routes.
DN: Well, you’re going to get an opportunity this week man (Senior Bowl). Want to wish you the best.
Moore: Yes sir.
–DraftNasty staff reports, 2018 Senior Bowl