Former UConn receiver Kashif Moore is at the airport in Indianapolis at this hour headed back to Florida where he had been training and where his family will join him then take a cruise to the Bahamas where older brother, Rock, will be getting married -but what a day today was for Kash at the NFL Combine.
The night before wasn’t easy though.
“It was tough to sleep – it’s probably going to be like that every night – but I was excited, knew what I had to do and it was finally time,” Moore said by phone. “I’ve been working, for several months, six days a week, two times a day, you know, just for this day, to get out there on that big stage and open some eyes.”
Boy did the 5 foot 9, 180-pound Moore do that.
His 4.42 time in the 40-yard dash was one of the day’s best performances, tied for ninth, in the wide receiver category. His 43.5 inch leap in the vertical jump was the best of the day. He was tied for sixth in the bench press with 19 reps of 225 pounds. He also tied for fourth in the broad jump bouncing to 10′ 6″; tied for fifth among receivers in the three-cone drill at 6.82 seconds and fourth in the 20-yard shuttle (4.05 seconds).
Moore did not participate in the 60-yard shuttle after tweaking a quadriceps muscle but he had done enough damage on the field before then - 43.5 in the vertical jump? He’s 5-9.
“That might make [opponents] overlook my size a little, I hope, knowing that I can jump real high,” Moore said. “I actually had a 44-inch vertical at first but then they were like, ‘hold on, wait a minute that doesn’t look right, we’re going to have to remeasure your reach’ and I’m like ‘man, y’all gonna take away my 44?’ so they took a half an inch off.”
As far away from the field Moore said he was confident with how the interviews went. He said he talked to most of the NFL teams there and receivers coaches from the Texans, Lions, Buccaneers, Bengals, Bears, Raiders, ” there were so many wide receivers coaches from so many teams. Just interviewing with them I felt like I did a really good job. They asked me how I read defenses and I felt real good on that.
“They want to see how you pick up their offense a little bit. I picked everyone’s up very well. You know at UConn, when I first came there we had the pro style then when [former offensive coordinator] Coach [Joe] Moorhead came in I had two years of the spread and then this past year with [current offensive coordinator] Coach [George] DeLeone, I had the pro style again. I think that prepared me in itself.”
Moore said after the wedding he’ll begin preparing for Pro Day at UConn on March 28 but to wrap on today?
“I think I opened some eyes,” he said.