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NFL Draft Prospect Preview - Moose Muhammad III

by J.T. Toth


Photo courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics.


The NFL Draft talk never ends and we here at Draft 412 will keep you ready for the next set of gridiron stars. From today until draft night 2024 we will bring you mocks, profiles, team needs, and everything else related to the 2024 NFL Draft. 


Today’s Spotlight -Texas A&M, Wide Receiver, Moose Muhammad III


Name- Moose Muhammad III

Pos- WR

Team- Texas A&M

HT/WT- 6’1” 205 lbs.

Born- 5/5/2001

Home – Charlotte,NC


Moose Muhammad III attended Myers Park High School in North Carolina, where he was an Army All-American. His productive high school career led to him being a 4-star recruit by all 3 major outlets and the no. 7 overall prospect from North Carolina. For his career, he pulled in 63 receptions for 1,270 yards and 17 touchdowns. 


Muhammad redshirted in 2020 after only being dressed for 3 games and accumulated no stats. The following season he played in 8 games for the Aggies and was second on the team in touchdown catches with 4, coming on only 10 receptions as he was used solely as a redzone target. 


In 2022, Muhammad worked his way into the rotation and had his most productive collegiate season. He played in 10 games and  hauled in 38 passes for 610 yards and 4 touchdowns. He was named to the PFF All-SEC second team after his stellar season. 


This season, he took a step back in production and in targets. In 11 games, he caught 24 passes for 277 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ainias Smith became the go to Aggies receiver in 2023, but scouts still like Muhammad’s overall skill package.


Muhammad is a strong receiver who uses his long arms to play larger than his 6’1” size. He tracks the ball well and is a long ball threat on every down, exceling in open space with the vision to pick up yards after the catch. He gets off the ball with an explosive first step and can stretch defenses with his straight line speed. Muhammad plays with a combativeness and loves to battle for 50/50 balls, and uses his wide shoulders and frame to win those one on one contests. 


On the downside, Muhammad is not a precise route runner and is much better in straight line routes than moving laterally. He overplays the 50/50 aspect of plays too much and does not try to separate from defenders, setting up 50/50 battles unnecessarily. At times, he lets the ball get too close to body causing drops and or double catches. He does not add much in the short game and is not a violent or viable run blocker. He projects as a 3rd or 4th receiver who gets used on passing downs only.


A good pro comparison to Moose Muhammad III may be Van Jefferson. Jefferson, a 2nd round pick in 2020, put up modest numbers throughout his college career, the same as Muhammad. Both receivers don’t offer much on quick slants and are non-existent in the run game. Muhammad won’t be selected as highly as Jefferson was but both offer viable options for teams down the field. 


Strengths


  • Length

  • Explosion off the snap

  • Tracking balls

  • Yards after catch


Weaknesses


  • Drops

  • Blocking

  • Production

  • Quick slants


Final Analysis


Muhammad is a part of a large group of wide receivers who will grade out in the 5th-7th round range but will be on every team’s radar. His mix of size and speed will be his calling card and he will need a good combine or post-season game to break away from the group. 


Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 6th or 7th round

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