NEW YORK, JULY 10 -- Rob Moore will be on the inside looking out at the New York Jets' training camp this year. As a teenager, he was on the outside looking in.
Moore, who grew up 2 1/2 miles from the Jets' camp in Hempstead, N.Y., and regularly watched the AFC team train, was chosen by the Jets today with the third pick of the first round in the National Football League's supplemental draft.
The wide receiver, who caught 106 passes in three years at Syracuse, decided after the regular 1990 draft to forgo a remaining year of college eligibility. He went to the Jets after Dallas and Atlanta, picking one-two by virtue of a lottery, had passed.
Ironically, Dallas-Atlanta-New York would have been the order of selection had the league not used a weighted lottery in which the worst team got 28 chances, second-worst 27, etc. For picking Moore, the Jets surrender their first-round pick in next year's regular draft.
"It's hard to find a negative about him," Jets General Manager Dick Steinberg said of the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Moore.
"He's smart, big for the position and we're getting him a year in advance. It's easy to overanalyze something like this but when a player like Rob is available, you take him."
"We're ecstatic," Moore's agent Gary Wichard said.
Moore, in Chicago with Wichard to watch the baseball All-Star Game, said, "I'm just glad I finally know where I'm going and I'm happy to be going home."
Wichard has had clients taken in the first round of three of the last four supplemental drafts: Timm Rosenbach by Phoenix last year and Brian Bosworth by Seattle in 1987. Avoiding the regular draft has helped players get more money, since bonuses in the regular draft are generally slotted by round.
Two other players were eligible for today's draft. Louisiana State tight end Willie Williams was chosen in the ninth round by Phoenix. Defensive back Ricky Martin, who told the NFL he attended two junior colleges and Grambling, was not taken.