Less than an hour before the 2009 NFL Draft starts, All-American cornerback D.J. Moore hopes to learn his draft fate sometime today.
Moore will watch the festivities on ESPN & ESPN2 from his hometown of Spartanburg, S.C., likely to be surrounded by a small group of friends including Commodore teammate Teriall Brannon.
Draft analysts have Moore and former captain Reshard Langford as the two Commodores most likely selected in the draft. Most observers have Moore going somewhere in Round 2, with Langford expected to go Sunday later in later rounds.
Moore looks to become the fifth Commodore defensive standout taken in the first two rounds since cornerback Leonard Coleman was selected eighth overall by the Colts 25 years ago. Coleman was the lost Vanderbilt defensive player taken in Round 1. Cornerbacks Corey Chavous (1998) and Fred Vinson (1999), linebacker Jamie Winborn (2001) and tackle James Manley (1996) were all Round 2 picks.
If Moore is selected earlier than many analysts suggest, he could become the third Commodore in four years taken in the 1st round. Tackle Chris Williams (2008) and QB Jay Cutler (2006) also hold the honor from recent drafts.
Several other standouts from the 2008 squad, including WR George Smith, PK Bryant Hahnfeldt, WR Sean Walker and QB/WR Chris Nickson, are hoping to get a chance to continue their careers in the NFL.