Moore is a big-play threat whenever he has the ball in his hands
Rondale Moore's combination of explosiveness and versatility makes him one of the most intriguing wide receiver prospects in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Whether it's as a receiver, runner or return specialist, Moore is a threat to make something happen whenever he has the ball in his hands. The problem is that he only played in 20 games across three seasons for Purdue because of injuries and also opting out last fall after three games. However, the speed and natural ability are apparent when watching game film, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see Moore taken in the first 32 picks.
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Rondale Moore Draft Profile
Moore is as dangerous as any receiver in this class with the ball in his hands, as he was one of college football’s YAC kings during his time at Purdue. He’s a twitched-up mover with the kind of lateral agility, stop-start ability and exceptional balance to make defenders look foolish in space and the kind of speed to hit the home run once he gets loose. He’s undersized, but he plays with natural leverage and flashes the ability to lower his pads and finish runs strong and the power to occasionally run over defenders. His speed makes him a weapon on jet sweeps, when he can out-race defenders to the edge and get upfield. He could take a handful of reps at tailback and find success. He’s at his best in the screen game or using his speed to create separation on over routes and deep crossers, but he has the ability to be developed into a more complete route-runner at the next level. He offers value as a return specialist as well.
Size might not be an issue in and of itself — Moore is pound-for-pound strong — but when combined with his injury history, it will give teams pause. He battled hamstring issues in 2019 and enters the NFL with just 20 collegiate games under his belt. There’s undoubtedly a good deal of risk. He worked out of the slot often, and between his unpolished route-running and relatively small catch radius, he might have to work inside in the pros.
Despite the durability questions and the limited experience at the collegiate level, Moore is the kind of electric, ultra-competitive athlete for whom you manufacture some touches and watch him go. And if he learns the nuances of the game, he’s potentially a special player.
Final Grade: 1st round