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- Height: 5’9”
- Weight: 180 Lbs
- College: Purdue
- Year: Junior
- Position: Wide Receiver
Rondale Moore is a player who had decided to opt out of the season and prepare for the NFL Draft, but, at the resumption of the Big 10 season, opted back in to increase his draft stock.
It’s a decision which was likely down to the fact we are having some stand out years from so many wide receivers.
This is on top of many top prospects opting out themselves. The 2021 Receiver class will likely go down as one of the best and Moore is one of the most naturally skilled receivers among them.
Rondale Moore is from New Albany, Indiana and attended New Albany High School before transferring to Trinity High School. He left high school as a four star recruit and originally declared to go to the University of Texas before eventually decommitting to attend Purdue.
He was their first 4 star recruit for years and it’s a decision that appears to be justified. During the 2018 season he won multiple awards including, being a First-Team All-American, Big 10 Receiver of the Year and winning the Paul Hornung Award given to the most versatile player in the country.
But, in 2019 he suffered a hamstring injury meaning he only played 4 games all season. After opting back in to the 2020 season, the hamstring strain flared up once again before he returned to action against Minnesota on 20th November.
Moore is an elusive playmaker who is special in space. He is a powerful and fast runner who puts up highlight worthy plays every game. His movement is exceptional, not only as a route runner, but when he has to improvise.
Watch the video below which shows Moore’s ability to make defenders miss in space.
- Run After Catch Ability
- Strength and Power
Rondale Moore is an absolute playmaker. He plays like he is in a video game with his movement skills. He has been called a human joystick due to his progressive style of play.
Moore has great movement with and without the ball. He is a receiver where you just want to get the ball in his hands and watch him work. It means he is super dynamic from the slot. He is an energetic, springy and tireless player who will force defenders to make mistakes at the next level.
Moore is more than a wide receiver though. He is extremely versatile and can be used in plenty of different ways. He will have play callers dialing up plays and constructing schemes to utilise everything he has to offer.
Moore has numerous highlight plays from the backfield, especially on jet sweeps where his ability to create plays in space can be exploited.
It’s in space that Moore can really hone in on his specialties. He is an unconventional receiver who shines after the catch. His run after catch ability is insane. He is an innovator as a runner which makes him extremely difficult to tackle.
Moore’s versatility means he has the movement and footwork to create in space. Plus, his ability after the catch is the equivalent to a running back. He has extreme power and strength in his lower half to force his way through contact and burst into the challenge.
Opposing defenders cannot afford to give him any space, as once he is up to speed there is no catching him. Moore has the ability to break ankles with his immediate change of direction, meaning he can create and find space where he has no right to.
- Contested Catch
The main critique about Moore will be his size. He is small. He just won’t have the height some teams will be looking for.
Moore is rarely tested on deep go routes. Although, at Purdue, Moore has ran a variety of routes and has shown he is an accomplished route runner. If teams are looking for a deep threat target, Moore won’t be that guy.
His lack of height shows up in contested catch situations and in tight man coverage. He performs better from the slot where he can be used in quick passing plays for big gains. According to PFF during the 2018 season over 77% of Moore’s catches were caught within 9 yards, but it shows what he can do after the catch is special.
Moore also doesn’t have the cleanest of hands in this Wideout class. He does have his fair share of drops where he is maybe thinking ahead about what he is going to do after the catch rather than hauling in on the ball.
Moore has had to battle through his fair share of injuries at Purdue. He has suffered injuries to his knees and hamstring. His hamstring strains appear to be recurring and teams will be worried about his durability in the NFL.
Moore is extremely dangerous with the ball in his hands. He may not offer the all round game, but it will be one of the most intimidating.
He’s not your traditional wide receiver, but what he offers teams is much more than that. His dexterity, incisiveness and agility are at the top of this class. He will be a coverage nightmare for NFL defenders and will be a crafty playmaker from the slot.
Moore is a playmaker whose speed is instantaneous. He is as quick as a wink, if you blink you will miss him.
His ability to make defenders miss is second to none in this class and an NFL team will be getting a receiver who has all the tools to have an instant impact in the NFL
Draft Projection: Late round 1/Early round 2
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