In 2017 the Seattle Seahawks held two seventh round picks in the NFL Draft, and they used those choices to add a pair of skill position players out of colleges in the state of Oklahoma, Chris Carson and David Moore to the roster. Carson quickly stepped in and took over as the starting running back in Week 2 of his rookie season, before a Week 4 injury derailed things.
Moore, on the other hand, failed to even make the roster out of training camp, instead clearing waivers on his way to the practice squad where he spent much of the season. However, on November 22 of that season the Seahawks promoted Moore to the active roster, reportedly in order to prevent his departure to the Indianapolis Colts who had offered him a spot on their 53 man roster. Over the remainder of the 2017 season Moore would see the field for just 10 snaps, playing nine snaps on offense and a lone special teams snap.
Then, in 2018 Moore was able to contribute at a higher level, providing some production over the course of the season as Doug Baldwin battled injuries that would eventually lead to the conclusion of his storied career. However, 2019 saw Moore take a step back following a broken arm in the preseason, and that led to many fans to begin to call for a replacement to be found.
However, with the Seahawks set to travel east again this weekend in order to take on the Buffalo Bills in a Week 9 matchup of division leaders, Moore stands on the brink of being able to add his name to a surprisingly short list. Specifically, since the salary cap era began in 1994 and the draft shortened to just seven rounds, there have been 152 wide receivers drafted in the seventh round, and of those 152 receivers just 17 of them have recorded 1,000 or more receiving yards during their NFL careers. Moore currently sits at 991 career receiving yards, and should be able to add his name to that group Sunday against Buffalo.
In addition, with just 247 more receiving yards this season, Moore will move into eleventh place on the list, something that certainly seems like it could well be in reach before the end of the season. There is a large gap between eleventh and tenth, however, as he will need to surpass the 2,318 receiving yards David Givens amassed in order to move into the top ten for that group. That said, at just 25 years of age and just now appearing to come into his own, that is a level of production that doesn’t seem too far out of reach if he can stay healthy and continue to improve.
The big question, then, will be whether Moore stays in Seattle and works towards moving into the top ten as a member of the Seahawks, or if he might be able to cash in as a free agent in the spring and work on adding to his production totals elsewhere next season.