Dallas Cowboys: D.J. Moore

Looking at the picks: Rounds 4-7

May, 7, 2014
May 7
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have 11 picks in the upcoming NFL draft. Over the next two days we will look at the players taken at those 11 spots in the past five drafts to get an indication of the type of player who could be available.

Today we look at Rounds 4-7:

Fourth round (No. 119 overall)
2009 S D.J. Moore, Chicago
2010 LB A.J. Edds, Miami
2011 RB Delone Carter, Indianapolis
2012 LB Keenan Robinson, Washington
2013 S Phillip Thomas, Washington

Notable: Moore has played in 47 games -- three starts -- in his career and has two interceptions. He might be the best pick. Carter had 499 yards in two years with the Colts and was with Jacksonville last season. The Redskins have not gotten much from their last two fourth-rounders. Thomas suffered a foot injury in the preseason and was on injured reserve in 2013. Robinson has torn both pectoral muscles in his first two seasons.

Fifth round (No. 158)
2009 LB Cody Glenn, Washington
2010 C Matt Tennant, New Orleans
2011 DB Jermale Hines, St. Louis
2012 DE Jack Crawford, Oakland
2013 TE Luke Willson, Seattle

Notable: Crawford played in 15 games last season for the Raiders but does not have a sack yet in his career. Willson played in every game last season for the Seahawks and caught 20 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown. Glenn, Tennant and Hines are out of the NFL.

Seventh round (No. 229)
2009 WR Manuel Johnson, Dallas
2010 C Erik Cook, Washington
2011 DB Jonathan Nelson, St. Louis
2012 RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia
2013 DL Everett Dawkins, Minnesota

Notable: Johnson kicked around mostly on the practice squad for the Cowboys. Dawkins spent a brief stint with the Cowboys last season. Brown is a talented runner but he’s behind LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles. Cook’s older brother, Ryan, spent the last two seasons with the Cowboys.

Seventh round (No. 231)
2009 DB Jamarca Sanford, Minnesota
2010 OT Selvish Capers, Washington
2011 DL Frank Kearse, Miami
2012 WR Toney Clemons, Pittsburgh
2013 DE Ty Powell, Seattle

Notable: Kearse is with the Cowboys and could be a rotation player in 2014 after spending a few weeks with the team last season. Powell is now with the Buffalo Bills. Clemons caught three passes for 41 yards last year for Jacksonville and is now with Carolina.

Seventh round (No. 238)
2009 DB Stoney Woodson, NY Giants
2010 DT Ricardo Mathews, Indianapolis
2011 TE Daniel Hardy, Tampa Bay
2012 WR Junior Hemingway, Kansas City
2013 WR Aaron Mellette, Baltimore

Notable: Mathews is the most accomplished player and signed as a free agent with Houston after making six starts for the Colts. Hemingway caught 13 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns last season. He caught one pass for 10 yards vs. the Cowboys.

Seventh round (No. 248)
2009 TE Cameron Morrah, Seattle
2010 DT Kade Weston, New England
2011 DB Eric Hagg, Cleveland
2012 OL Kelvin Beachum, Pittsburgh
2013 S Daimion Stafford, Tennesse

Notable: Beachum has worked into a starting role with the Steelers after his career at SMU. He started 12 of 15 games in 2013. Hagg and Morrah are now teammates in Denver.

Seventh round (No. 251)
2009 WR Derek Kinder, Chicago
2010 DB Stevie Brown, Oakland
2011 DB Tommie Campbell, Tennessee
2012 K John Potter, Buffalo
2013 OL T.J. Johnson, Cincinnati

Notable: Brown found a home with the New York Giants in 2012 and had a two-interception game against the Cowboys. He did not play last year because of a knee injury but re-signed with the Giants in March.

Seventh round (No. 254)
2009 OL Trevor Canfield, Arizona
2010 LB Josh Hull, St. Louis
2011 DL Cheta Ozougwu, Houston
2012 No selection
2013 TE Justice Cunningham, Indianapolis

Notable: Ozougwu was Mr. Irrelevant and is now with the Bears. He had one sack in seven games last year. Cunningham made it to the Colts active roster last year but was a late-season pickup by St. Louis. Hull recently signed with New England and has mostly been a special teamer.

Texas pro day observations

March, 26, 2013
AUSTIN -- The University of Texas held its annual pro day Tuesday. Here are some observations from the event:

Calvin Watkins joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett from the Texas Longhorns' pro day to discuss potential Cowboys draft pick Kenny Vaccaro, Vince Young and if any other pro prospects stood out.

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  • Safety Kenny Vaccaro had an impressive day. He didn't run the 40 because of a hip flexor injury, but he displayed a burst, lateral movement and quickness while performing position drills for Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Vaccaro said he's studied various defenses, including the Tampa 2, and is getting ready for the NFL game from a mental standpoint. Vaccaro said he was disappointed he couldn't run the 40, but indicated that he has run it in the low 4.40s during training. Vaccaro injured the hip while working out but re-injured it during his drill session with the Cowboys last week. After three drills, Vaccaro shut it down so he wouldn't further injure himself. Vacarro said his goal is to be the first safety taken in the draft.

  • Defensive end Alex Okafor needed a solid pro day to prove to NFL scouts that he's healthy and worthy of a Day 2 draft selection. He declined the bench press, standing on his combine numbers of 21 times at 225 pounds, but he ran a 4.88 and a 4.96 in the 40 and was concerned about being too stiff when he worked on his individual drills. Okafor ran through some of the drills smoothly and looked comfortable, but he still needs some work. Okafor said he believes he can play defensive end in a 4-3 or outside linebacker in a 3-4. Weight could be an issue. He came in at 262 pounds and might have to pick up more bulk to play end.

  • Vince Young looked slim and seemed to be in good spirits during his pro day. Most, if not all, of his throws were tight spirals and he displayed good arm strength. It seemed that when he threw to a variety of receivers inside and outside, he didn't have that funky shot-put motion. Young is throwing more traditionally and no longer appears to be dropping his elbow low when he throws.

  • Running back D.J. Moore ran the fastest 40 time of the prospective draft picks in 4.41 and 4.38. One negative: Size. He's listed at 5-foot-9, but he measured at 5-foot-7, 175 pounds. That's not to say little guys can't play in the NFL, but it will be hard for him to get significant playing time at running back unless he impresses an NFL team during training camp. He might be a solid return guy on the next level.

  • Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin measured in at 5-foot-9, 177 pounds -- good size for a slot receiver. He didn't run the 40, however his three tries at the vertical jump were 41, 42 and 42 inches. Goodwin has the speed it seems to make some plays from the slot at the next level. He just needs to make sure he can be a consistent player.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin attended the pro day. The Cowboys had two scouts, and Denver, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Houston, Miami, Kansas City, Oakland, Cleveland, the New York Jets and San Diego also had reps in attendance. ... Texas coach Mack Brown and former running back Ricky Williams were in attendance. ... Most scouts will either go to LSU's pro day Wednesday or SMU's.
  • Bears D didn't scare Roy Williams

    September, 20, 2010
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    IRVING, Texas – The Bears defensive backs are barking about intimidating Tony Romo’s targets.

    Cornerback D.J. Moore, who came up with a couple of interceptions on passes that went off Cowboys’ hands, went so far as to single out Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten.

    "The second one, he was pretty much just scared to get hit,'' Moore told the Chicago Sun-Times (via the ESPN.com NFC East blog). ''He short-handed it like he was just about to get hit."

    Those are harsh words for Witten, especially considering that he suffered a concussion on a catch that ended with him getting pinballed between a couple of Bears. It might have been more appropriate to call out Miles Austin, who coughed up the ball when crunched by Charles Tillman on Moore’s first pick.

    One receiver the Bears certainly couldn’t accuse of being scared was Roy Williams. He twice held on to passes despite taking vicious hits across the middle of the field.

    Bears linebacker Lance Briggs told reporters that he thought safety Chris Harris’ hit on Williams after a 19-yard gain in the first quarter set the tone. That might be true, but Williams held on when Briggs unloaded on him after a 12-yard catch over the middle later in the game.

    "Nobody intimidates me coming across the middle," Williams said. "I catch the ball, pop up and give you first down in your face."