Overview
David James Moore is a defensive back for the Chicago Bears, who selected him with the 119th pick in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Moore attended Vanderbilt University, where he earned first team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated as a junior. Despite suffering an injury in the Music City Bowl, he chose to forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the draft. D.J. Moore is 5-feet, 10-inches tall and weighs 182 pounds.
Prep Career
Moore was a wide receiver and defensive back at Gettis D. Broome High School in Spartanburg, SC. He had 48 receptions for 896 yards and 14 touchdowns on offense as a senior, while adding 39 tackles and six interceptions on defense. He was ranked as the No. 142 wide receiver prospect in the nation by ESPN's Scouts Inc., and signed with Vanderbilt after considering a number of ACC and SEC schools.
Freshman Year
Moore played right away as a true freshman, starting nine times at cornerback. He finished the season with 37 total tackles, and tied for the SEC lead with three fumble recoveries. He was named a first team Freshman All-SEC selection by the league's coaches.
Sophomore Year
During his sophomore season, Moore started every game at defensive back and was the Commodores primary kickoff returner. He finished the season with six interceptions, tied for the SEC lead. Hi 83 total tackles and 10 pass breakups were second-most among Vanderbilt defenders. He earned national defensive player of the week honors for his eight-tackle, two-interception performance against South Carolina. After the season, he was named a first team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press.
Junior Year
As a junior, Moore again led the team with six interceptions, and also had a team high 926 all-purpose yards. He scored two touchdowns on seven receptions seeing limited action at wide receiver, and was also Vanderbilt's top kick and punt returner. He was a first team All-America selection by Sports Illustrated and a second team selection by The Associated Press. He was also a first team All-SEC selection by both the league's coaches and The Associated Press, the only Vanderbilt player to earn first team honors in 2008.
NFL Career
Moore was selected in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Before the 2009 season, Moore signed a four-year/$2.216M contract with Chicago.
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