Dallas Cowboys: Who is the best wide receiver to take in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft?

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 17 : Wide receiver James Washington
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D.J. Moore (Maryland): The Dallas Cowboys have already held a private workout and a pre-draft visit with Maryland’s top wide receiver. Moore is the new favorite to head to Dallas even though some may say the 19th spot may be a little high for him. D.J. Moore is 5’11 and weighs 215 pounds so he will be coming in a bit heavier than Ridley.

The big thing with Moore is that he really did not show up as a top wide receiver prospect until his 2017 season. Last season he racked up over 1,000 receiving yards, 8 touchdowns, and had a caught 60 percent of his targets.

He is slightly faster than Ridley and crushed the Alabama wide receiver in the vertical as Moore registered a 39.5. Moore’s main issue comes from his struggles against press coverage and physical defensive backs.

This does not mean he could not be a playmaker on the next level, just that he will really more on his speed than his physicality. He is purely an outside receiver but can play in the slot if needed. He already has excellent speed but his acceleration makes him stand out as one of the more explosive wide receivers in this draft class.

He should make plays with his polished route running ability as well as his knack to break tackles and gain yardage after the catch. Moore is incredible in the screen game and that will likely be the strongest part of his repertoire coming out of college.

He has better hands than Ridley and could be a better weapon on the outside for the Dallas Cowboys as he is a true deep threat. Moore like Ridley will find himself among the top three wide receivers taken and is likely a safer explosive deep threat than Ridley at this stage in their development.

Chance of being selected by the Dallas Cowboys: 84.3 percent