Day 2 NFL Draft Notebook: D.J. Moore finds a home with Chicago; TSU's Williams to Chiefs

Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 11:17am

The Chicago Bears felt they got a good deal when they drafted Vanderbilt cornerback D.J. Moore in the fourth round (119th overall) on Sunday.

Moore, on the other hand, considered himself the best prospect at his position.

"I didn’t believe I was going to get too much better than what I was," Moore said. "I was one of the best cornerbacks in the best conference, playing with the best players.

"I felt I was the best cornerback in the draft."

None of the league's 32 teams agreed.

Eight cornerbacks were selected on the first day of the draft (Rounds 1-2) and another 11 were chosen in the third and fourth rounds before the Bears finally pulled the trigger on Moore, a 2008 second-team All-American after he finished with a team-high six interceptions, was sixth in tackles, and was the Commodores’ top punt and kickoff return man. He also caught seven passes (two for touchdowns) and rushed nine times on offense.

“He’s a rare athlete,” Bears director of college scouting Greg Gabriel said. “He’s got great quickness. He’s got great ball skills. He was a value pick for us at this pick.”

Moore is the seventh Commodore drafted in the past five seasons and the fifth on Chicago's current roster. He joins newly acquired quarterback Jay Cutler, receiver Earl Bennett, linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer and tackle Chris Williams.

Moore left school with one remaining year of eligibility. Initially he was considered a potential first-round pick but he dropped on the lists of most draft watchers because of his 40-yard dash time. Both at the NFL Scouting Combine and at Vanderbilt’s Pro Day workout he ran between 4.5 and 4.6 seconds.

"I'm happy for D.J., and I think he will become a tremendous player for the Bears," Johnson said. "D.J. is a tremendous talent that put together three fantastic years for the Commodores.

"D.J. is a special football player, a young man who possesses excellent skills," VU coach Bobby Johnson said. "He was one of those guys that always seemed to be around the ball and make plays. He also offers a rare versatility as a football player, a guy that can do virtually anything he wants to on the field.

"... "I'm happy for D.J., and I think he will become a tremendous player for the Bears."


Tennessee State's Javarris Williams was selected in the seventh round by the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Numbers-wise, Williams leaves TSU as the second most prolific running back in school history. He amassed 849 carries, 4,329 rushing yards and 5,117 all-purpose yards with Tigers.


First-round pick Kenny Britt arrived in Nashville for his introductory press conference with the Tennessee Titans early Sunday afternoon, and was already huddled with receivers coach Fred Graves in his office.

Britt is expected to jump right into the Titans offense and contribute as he learns the system.

The Titans drafted the Rutgers star with the 30th overall pick, marking the first time they have taken a receiver in round one since 1998 when they chose Kevin Dyson.


USC wide receiver Patrick Turner, a prep standout at Goodpasture, was a third-round selection of the Miami Dolphins.

ESPN's Mel Kiper thought Turner was 'more of a late-rounder,' so the 87th pick may be seen as a bit of a surprise, but Sunday's early selections have been dominated by pass catchers.


The Tennessee Titans, even with one of the best records in the NFL last season, had eight picks over the last five rounds going into Sunday’s Day 2 of the Draft, then added a ninth, trading a 2010 second-round pick to New England for the 89th pick in this year's draft. Tennessee used the pick to select South Carolina tight end Jared Cook.


1 Comment on this post:

By: frank brown on 4/26/09 at 9:30

D.J. Moore is not ready for prime-time.