Player Profile: Rondale Moore

Height: 5’9”
Weight: 175 lbs
School: Purdue

Why you’re drafting him…

Playmaker with the ball in his hands. If you’re watching tape of Rondale Moore it won’t take you long to realize that he works best when he can get the ball in his hands and operate in space; easily one of the best run-after-catch (RAC) receivers in this draft. At 5’9″, 175 lbs he’s not the prototype WR1 that teams covet, but in today’s NFL where teams are looking for multi-dimensional players that can create chunk yardage, you’re not going to find too many that do it better in the ’21 draft class than Moore. His size and history of lower-body injuries may scare some teams off, but the risk may be worth the reward if Moore can shake off the injury bug and be relied upon week to week. Moore stays low to the ground after the catch, allowing him to absorb contact and bounce off defenders allowing for additional yards after the catch. He has good speed and can release quickly from press coverage if opposing defenses opt to try to jam him. If he gets by his defender and there’s no safety help, it’s over

Needs to improve…

It’s hard to improve on your health, since injuries are random for the most part, but that’s the glaring issue when you look at Moore. He originally opted out of the 2020 college football season, but decided to rejoin the Boilermakers but didn’t get to play right away due to a lower-body injury. Moore played in just three games in ’20 and caught 35 passes for 270 yards. He also added 32 yards and a touchdown on the ground. However, he was also limited to just four games in 2019 due to injuries making his freshman season (2018) his only fully healthy season. It’s hard to look past the injuries and just one single season of sustained success, but that’s a risk that NFL teams will need to calculate when analyzing Moore. He has the ability to run good routes and make downfield catches, so I don’t want to label him solely as a gadget player, but you’ll want to see him win his matchups and produce on more mid-to-deep routes at the next level to become a more complete player

Prediction for 2021 NFL Draft…

Moore doesn’t fall into the category as one of my favorite wide receivers in this draft class mainly because I want to see him become a more complete receiver rather than simply a gadget player/a guy you need to throw short passes to and let him create. It’ll be interesting to see if the team that drafts him eases him into the offense with scripted short passes to let him get the ball in space and create, or if they’ll treat him as a typical receiver and have him run a complete route tree; but we’ll let the team that selects him worry about that. I see Moore being selected at some point towards the late-first/early-second round. This is a pretty deep draft class when it comes to receivers, so Moore may be pushed down in the draft due to the number of options at the position. However, each team seems to have their own flavor preference when it comes to WR (ex: Raiders selecting Henry Ruggs as the first WR off the board in 2020), so you could see him come off the board earlier if there’s a team that falls in love with him

Dynasty fantasy football spin…

I personally believe Moore’s landing spot in the NFL Draft is going to play a very large role in where he lands in dynasty rookie drafts. Moore isn’t the can’t-miss prospect that you’re selecting in a specific draft slot regardless of where he goes (ex: CeeDee Lamb), but rather I see him going at some point between 1.10-2.05 depending on which NFL team picks him. There seems to be an inevitable learning curve ahead for Moore, so I see him more so as a prospect you’re drafting for the future rather than immediate return

Check out Matt Hicks of the NFL Draft Bible on Sports Illustrated break down Rondale Moore with the guys on the Loaded Box Podcast (Moore discussion starts at the 16:25 mark of the episode)

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