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Moore looks to catch on with NFL team

Ashford, Moore, Melvin hold private workout on campus for two NFL teams

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 2:11 p.m. CST
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Northern Illinois wide receiver Martel Moore (1) leaps into the end zone after escaping from the grasp of Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner (20) during the second half of the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1. Moore, Perez Ashford and Rashaan Melvin held a private workout for two NFL teams on Friday at Huskie Stadium.

DeKALB – Martel Moore's senior season speaks for itself.

As Jordan Lynch's main target during NIU's historic 2012 season, the wideout caught 75 passes for 1,083 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Since the Huskies' loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl, Moore has worked on his technique and route running, knowing those are two main things pro scouts will have their eye on leading up to the NFL Draft. Last week, Moore got a taste of the draft process, working out in front of roughly 20 scouts at NIU's pro day.

Friday morning, Moore was in the spotlight once again during a private workout at Huskie Stadium. Moore worked out with former Huskie wide receiver Perez Ashford and former cornerback Rashaan Melvin, with scouts from the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers in attendance.

With the NFL Draft coming up at the end of April, Moore, who already has a visit scheduled with the Seattle Seahawks, hasn't done a ton of thinking about where or if he'll get drafted. He just wants to show he can be a receiver at the NFL level, get into a camp and get on the field.

It starts with the pre-draft process, where Moore just wants to continue where he left off his senior year and prove to teams that he can run NFL routes. Friday, Moore and Ashford caught passes from former Huskie quarterback Chandler Harnish, who also threw at pro day.

“Route running, catching ability. I know I’ve got more football speed than just flat-out time speed," Moore said . "That’s something that I have to show them, how I can run real routes real fast and I can break tackles.”

Ashford's senior numbers – 34 catches, 373 yards and a touchdown, were down from his junior season (47 catches, 530 yards and three touchdowns), but the Shaker Heights, Ohio native missed five games due to a knee injury.

Following the Mid-American Conference Championship Game, Ashford finally felt healthy. Ashford thought his pro day, which included a 40-yard dash time 4.48, went well. Friday, he thought he was able to show off his hands.

At this point in the process, Ashford is ready for anything.

“Just being prepared for the unexpected," he said. "That’s what I would say mostly, prepare for the unexpected, because coaches can call you at any time.”

Both players just want an opportunity.

“I'm just hoping to get picked up and get a shot. Just to get through the door," Ashford said. "And if I get through the door, then god-willing, I show them my talents and make the roster.”

Moore was a lightly recruited receiver coming out of high school in San Antonio, but proved he was a legitimate college receiver.

He hopes to do the same in the pros.

“I'm just the type of person, it’s been the hard way ever since I’ve got out of high school," Moore said. "I just want to get [to the NFL], show my ability and do what I did here.”

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