Continuing our Green Bay Packers draft coverage at Game on Wisconsin, this week I will be putting wide receiver Rondale Moore out of the University of Purdue under the microscope.
Rondale Moore – WR – Purdue – 5’7” – 180lbs
Route Running – This was a pleasant surprise when watching Moore. Expecting a strictly gadget type player, I came out impressed to see his ability running routes. Working underneath and across the middle of the field is certainly where he excels, but the deep route running is there as well. Moore was primarily asked to work at the line of scrimmage and create after quick passes, but he is not a “one trick pony” by any means. Moore’s ability on deep routes will force the defense to respect him and open up so many chances underneath,
Versatility – Probably a Pro Bowl caliber return man on day one. Moore does so well to threaten opposing teams in every aspect of offense and special teams as he is a true do-it-all football player. Moore can line up in the backfield as he displays true vision of a running back, in the slot and even out wide on the boundary while still being a threat to blow the game wide open any time he touches the ball. Point blank: GET THE FOOTBALL IN THIS MAN’S HANDS!
YAC Ability – Oh, buddy, is this kid electric. By far his best trait as a wide receiver, Moore is nearly unstoppable after the catch. His body type does well to keep him on his feet through contact and he just may be the fastest player in this draft. Moore is impossible to generate a tackling angle on as he can destroy your plans to meet him in space in a split second. I haven’t studied a player who can kill angles and manipulate space quite like Moore in the six years I’ve been grading players on tape. Mentioned earlier, Moore’s dense, low to the ground frame means you just aren’t going to arm tackle this guy successfully.
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Release/Separation – Moore’s speed alone forces defenders to play a little more “off” than most other receivers would see. This makes life much easier for Moore to release off the line of scrimmage, and also makes life tough on defensive backs due to his ability to work underneath across the middle of the field. Moore displays an elite ability to cut and stop on a dime, making things easy for him and his quarterback to create separation with the ball in the air. As you can imagine, these traits also make Moore a nightmare to deal with in scramble drill situations when the designed play breaks down.
Hands/Ball Skills – Unfortunately, this area of Moore’s game takes a hit due to his frame and catch radius (lack thereof). Moore will struggle to win in 50/50 situations as well as expanding laterally outside of his frame to win tough passes. His 42.5” vertical will go far to help him win above the rim, however. His short arms are just going to hurt him in situations where he needs to beat a DB’s arms to the catch point.
Run Blocking – For everything Rondale Moore is, he just is not someone you will task with run blocking duties. As mentioned above, his frame and short arms just kill him here. Does this necessarily hurt his draft stock for me? Not one bit. This isn’t for a lack of effort, Moore’s motor runs hot 100% of his snaps. Are teams even going to task Moore with chipping or collapsing on a linebacker? No, he will be the man being blocked for.
Injury Concerns – I would be doing the readers a great disservice if I did not mention Moore’s injury history. Durability is a serious red flag teams must consider when spending a premium pick on Moore, who has only played in seven games in the last two seasons due to various injuries.
Rondale Moore is a fantastic and exciting talent heading into the 2021 NFL Draft and he should certainly be near the top of Green Bay Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst’s draft board, regardless of whether Moore meets Green Bay’s particular size thresholds at the position or not. Matt LaFleur should be pounding the table, as Moore boasts the exact skillset Green Bay’s offense has missed since Randall Cobb was in town. Moore would be best deployed in the same ways Tyler Ervin has been used over the last two seasons for the Packers but – like – the production would be off the freakin charts. Moore, very unexpectedly, received a round 1 grade from me; as he reminds me a lot of Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill without all of the off field issues and character concerns.
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