Rondale Moore NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

  • All-American
  • Big Ten
  • Derek Bell
  • DeVonta Smith
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Hornung Award
  • Ja'Marr Chase
  • Jaylen Waddle
  • Kadarius Toney
  • Kick Returner
  • Michigan
  • minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio State
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Punt Returner
  • Purdue
  • Rashod Bateman
  • Rondale Moore
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Terrace Marshall
  • True freshman
  • Wide Receiver
By Daniel Kitchen April 1, 2021 0 Comment
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Rondale Moore is a 2021 NFL Draft WR Prospect

Rondale Moore is a wide receiver from Purdue, and a prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft. Moore spent his entire three-year career as a starter for the Boilermakers, playing in 20 of a possible 31 games (17 starts) and seeing his final two seasons shortened by injury. Originally a 4-star WR and Texas commit, Moore flipped to Purdue, while also receiving offers from notable blueblood programs including Alabama, Ohio State, and Penn State.

Much of Moore’s draft stock comes from 2018, and one of the best freshman seasons in college football history for a receiver. Starting 10 of the team’s 13 games, Moore caught 114 passes for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also took 21 rushes for 213 yards (10.1 average) and two touchdowns, returned 33 kicks for 662 yards (20.1 average), and 12 punts for 82 yards (6.8 average). His 2,215 all-purpose yards that season set a Purdue record.

Moore became the first true freshman in Big Ten history to be named a consensus All-American, appearing on the first team. Moore also became the first freshman and only the second underclassman to win the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player. He was named the Big Ten WR of the Year and Freshman of the Year, and named to the conference’s first team as both a receiver and special teams player.

Moore suffered season-ending hamstring and knee injuries four games into the 2019 season, and appeared in only three of the team’s six games in 2020 in part due to injury. He lodged 29 catches for 387 yards and two touchdowns in his four 2019 starts. In his three 2020 starts, Moore caught 35 passes for 270 yards, and was named a Big Ten Honorable Mention.

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Moore rated as the 27th-best receiver in FBS in 2020 by Pro Football Focus (a 20 percent minimum targets filter), with an Offense grade of 80.9. His 79.9 Receiving grade was 35th, his 90.6 Drops grade fifth, and his 74.5 HandsFumble grade 76th.

Moore ended his Purdue career with 178 receptions for 1,915 yards and 14 touchdowns. He rushed 30 times for 248 yards and three touchdowns, returned 42 kicks for 813 yards (19.4 average), and 17 punts for 118 yards (6.9 average).

In the NFL, Moore projects as an immediate starter out of the slot, one who could do as well as to challenge for the league lead in receptions as a rookie in a pass-heavy offense, if he can stay healthy all 16/17 games. His short-field routes and hands are starting-caliber already, and his athleticism is ready to translate to some highlight-reel moments as a runner. He is deceptively strong for his size and can hold his own against defenders, but will never be someone to send deep for jump balls or align out wide full-time.

Proving he can stay on the field full season after full season will be the key to Moore’s ceiling. If he can, he is one of the fastest and best athletes at WR in the league, and making several Pro Bowls is not out of the question in his career. There is also versatility for teams to experiment with, returning kicks and punts as well as seeing some sweeps or carries/targets from the backfield.

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Scouting Capsule

Rondale Moore Scouting Capsule

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements

At Purdue’s Pro Day, Moore measured at 5070, 180, with 8 3/4” hands, 28 1/4” arms, and a 69 3/8” wingspan. Purdue listed Moore at 5’9”, 180 his final season with the program.

At his Pro Day, Moore ran an unofficial 4.29 40, and posted a 42.5” vert. He also ran a 6.68 3-Cone, and posted 24 reps on the bench.

Highlights

Positives

  • Cheat code-level athletic package of speed, burst, acceleration, change of direction. Instantly becomes one of the fastest runners in the NFL, and toughest to stick with as a DB.
  • Reaches top speed instantly in any situation. Has lethal stop/start ability with the ball to dust DBs in open field, slight hesitation is enough to take them out of position.
  • When he times snap, can torch any Man coverage off the line, immediately attack the seam.
  • Uses elite speed, burst to deploy rocker step on intermediate, deep routes to create separation.
  • Repositions himself vs. Zone coverage when in a busy area, can read coverage and find space.
  • Sure hands, will rarely drop passes and is dependable to hang on through immediate contact.
  • Senses players on his backside when making reception, uses COD and burst to go opposite direction.
  • Cutback master in open field, has awareness to find the best running lanes to accumulate RAC and avoid contact.
  • From a dead stop, breaks DBs ankles with big L/R jumps/cuts to set up a lane to move vertically.
  • When contacted, has the strength to fight for additional few yards before going down.

Weaknesses

  • Not a receiver who will be a contested catch winner. Lacks size to compete on jump balls, go up and get deep throws. Throw has to arrive before any defenders do.
  • Want to see more aggressive attitude attacking ball and bringing in, less waiting and letting it arrive.
  • Over-reliant on the same stop/start move early as a runner, defenders begin to pick up on it. Could get more yardage some situations by just turning on the jets. Should not be deploying when along sideline or in short-yardage situations.
  • Doesn’t have the size/strength to break tackles. When he’s hit, he’s going down shortly after.
  • Size and durability concerns after missing parts of two of his three college seasons.

NFL Comparison

Marquise Goodwin, Philadelphia Eagles (2020), San Francisco 49ers (2017-2019), Buffalo Bills (2013-2016)

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