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2021 NFL Draft Rondale Moore Profile

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Welcome to the 2021 NFL Draft Profile for Rondale Moore. This is one of many articles that will break down the college career of the draft class as well as project how they will fit in the NFL.

Today, I’m excited to take a look at a key prospect on the offensive side of the ball. Rondale Moore had one of the best freshman season ever at the wide receiver position, only to see the rest of his collegiate career be hampered with injuries. Is the small sample size enough to be drafted early this April?

2021 NFL Draft Rondale Moore Profile

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Collegiate Career

Overview

Coming out of high school, Moore had plenty of offers to choose from. The likes of Michigan State, Penn State, Ohio State, Texas and Purdue were all knocking at his door.

He ultimately chose Purdue, recommitting from Texas to play closer to home for a head coach that went to the same high school as Moore. 

His Freshman season was by far his best and most impactful season at Purdue.  In that year, he was nationally recognized for the awards below:

  • 1st Team All-American
  • CBS Sports Freshman of the Year
  • Paul Hornung Award (Most Versatile Player)

Stats

Moore showed up and showed out his first day on the job at Purdue. He wasted no time letting the nation one his was one of the freshman in the country. In his very first game at Purdue, he broke the single-game all-purpose yardage record, accumulating 313 all-purpose yards. To go with those yards, he scored three times and caught 11 balls.

During the course of that season, Moore had seven games that he had over 100 receiving yards and six games in which he had at least double-digit catches. He finished his year with 114 receptions, 1,258 yards, and 12 touchdowns, managing to rush for 213 more and scoring twice on the ground.

Yes, Moore did spend three seasons at Purdue. Unfortunately, after a tremendous Freshman year, he would go on to play just six games over the next two years due to injuries. Across those six games, he caught 64 passes for 657 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Tale of the Tape

First and foremost, Moore has top-notch speed, potentially one of the fastest overall players in this draft class. He was primarily used out of the slot at Purdue but was asked to run a full route tree. Moore also excelled when running jet sweeps; Purdue often used him as a gadget guy.

Moore has an exceptional burst off of the line, with deceptive secondary moves at the next level. His speed makes it almost impossible for an DB to jam him at the line. In the open field, Moore combines a thick frame with an ability to easy change direction, making him tough to tackle one on one.

Another dynamic part of his game that he bring to the table is his punt and kick returning ability. He excelled at it at Purdue, and that should translate to the next level.

Draft Projections

Moore has two things working against him on draft day: his size (5’7) and his injury history at Purdue. Unfortunately, those as both red flags for GMs. That being said…man, did Moore quiet some critics at his pro day. He ran a 4.29 40 and had an absurd 42.5” vertical jump.

Moore is more likely a day two pick to a team that will view him as a weapon who can be used anywhere on the field.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that Moore will make an impact, both in the NFL and on fantasy teams.

I do worry that he may be a boom-or-bust type of player, making him hard to start weekly in fantasy.

His freshman year tape–combined with his pro day–makes Moore roster-able in dynasty formats because the potential is there for him to be dynamic.


Be sure to check out the Fantasy Six Pack 2021 Fantasy Football Mock Draft

About Jon Witt

Buffalo Boy born and raised. He loves his Buffalo sports unconditionally, despite them driving him nuts more often than not. Bleeds Dodgers Blue during the summer and wishes he had an NBA team. Plays all sorts of fantasy sports, has been for a very long time. Hit him up @JPW2542 with any comments or questions.

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