Rondale Moore NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile: Purdue WR Projects Late First-Rounder
This is The Game Day’s Rondale Moore NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile. After you read our Rondale Moore Scouting Report, Marcus Mosher’s first 2021 NFL Mock Draft for Round 1.
Rondale Moore NFL Draft Prospect Profile
Rondale Moore Draft Prospect: Bio & Measurables
- School: Purdue
- Class in Final Season: Junior
- Age on NFL Draft Day: 20 Years Old
- Height: 5-foot-9
- Weight: 180 lbs.
Rondale Moore Scouting Report
- Elite clock speed, having logged a 4.3 40-yard dash.
- Excellent short-area burst and quickness.
- Lauded for change-of-direction skills.
- Excels at gaining yards after the catch.
- Outstanding release and acceleration against press coverage.
- Separates extremely well on short and intermediate routes.
- Demonstrated considerable versatility during college career, playing slot receiver, running back and filling both returner roles at times.
- Pound-for-pound strength considered significantly above average.
- Deemed a fierce worker and competitor.
- Lack of size could be an impediment at NFL level, especially in areas such as contested-catch situations.
- Durability a considerable concern after playing in just 20 games over three seasons at Purdue.
- Despite having a 114-catch season on his college resume, hands and ball security are considered suspect at times.
- Some reports indicate he doesn’t play at his clock speed, which could help explain his relatively sparse usage on deep routes with the Boilermakers.
Rondale Moore Draft Prospect NFL Outlook
Rondale Moore Scouting Report NFL Outlook: Moore’s stock was never higher than after a true freshman 2018 season in which he compiled a whopping 114 receptions for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns as a receiver, numbers he complemented with a 21-213-2 line on the ground. Moore also showed off his versatility by totaling 744 total return yards, placing sky-high expectations on what remained of a college career that seemed destined to be cut short by the lure of the NFL.
However, multiple lower-body injuries and Moore’s decision to opt-out of the Big Ten portion of Purdue’s 2020 season due to COVID-19 helped ensure the intriguing prospect would ever come close to his first-year numbers. Moore ultimately logged just seven combined games over his last pair of college campaigns and generated three total TDs (two receiving, one rushing) on 137 touches from scrimmage over that span.
Nevertheless, Moore is forgoing his senior season and heading into the NFL, where he is still considered a late first-round talent by many scouts. As elaborated on in the previous section, the list of positives are many, and Moore is likely to add even more muscle to hopefully help insulate him from some of the much bigger defenders that will be descending upon him at the next level.
Although his lack of height would be more of a drawback in a downfield capacity, it likely shapes up as much less of an impediment in the short and middle areas of the field that Moore is likely to mostly roam in as a pro. Moreover, any receiver with as elite run-after-catch ability as Moore possesses always has excellent job security at the NFL level as long as youth and health are on their side.
Moore’s early-career outlook will naturally be largely dependent on which offensive system he incorporates into and how that team’s depth chart at receiver shapes up. However, given his rather unique offensive profile and the fact his versatility and skill set negate the need for him to have to displace a No. 1 or even No. 2 receiver for him to see appreciable playing time, Moore could hit the ground running in his rookie season while also very likely getting a chance to make his mark as a returner.
Rondale Moore 2021 Draft: NFL Comparison
Rondale Moore Scouting Report Comparison: With his above-average speed and modest height, Moore has been compared to the Steelers’ Diontae Johnson. Pittsburgh’s No. 1 receiver checks in at 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, giving him almost identical dimensions on paper to Moore. However, Moore already comes into the NFL with a more muscular frame than Johnson, especially when compared to the latter’s 2019 rookie campaign. He could be used similarly to Johnson in the shorter passing windows depending on which system he lands in at the pro level, but he may not find the same downfield success.
With respect to his stocky build and considerable versatility, Moore also compares quite closely with the Jaguars’ Laviska Shenault, who preceded Moore by a year in terms of his NFL arrival. A year ago, Shenault’s diverse skill set was being talked up in a manner very similar to that of Moore’s, and the Colorado product ultimately went to Jacksonville with the 42nd overall pick last April. Like Moore, Shenault also logged time at running back in college, and although he only had one career return (kickoff), he’d played some quarterback as well. Shenault is considerably stouter at 6-foot-1, 227 pounds, however, so size and durability weren’t as much of a concern as they are with Moore.
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Rondale Moore 2021 Draft Team Fits
Every team could always use one more offensive playmaker in today’s pass-happy NFL, and Moore appears adaptable enough to fit into a wide variety of offensive schemes. However, the question marks attached to him likely narrows his pool of potential destinations, and the fact teams may be hesitant to invest more than a late first-round pick gives us more clues as to where he may ultimately land.
The following teams would appear to be solid fits for what Moore offers, and there are a couple of other “wild card” clubs slated to pick closer to the midway point of the first round that may also be intrigued.
Baltimore Ravens (No. 27 overall selection)
Most projections have Moore going near the end of the first round at the earliest due to the previously cited concerns about size and durability, and Baltimore could therefore be one likely destination. The Ravens are still going to be a run-centric team in 2021, but Moore, with his quickness and run-after-catch skills, fits the mold of a receiver that could thrive with an elite mobile QB such as Lamar Jackson. Additionally, Baltimore already has the downfield component of its air attack addressed with Marquise Brown and Devin Duvernay, and Moore would therefore be free to operate out of the slot as an eventual or immediate successor to Willie Snead.
Green Bay Packers (No. 29 overall selection)
Multiple mocks have Moore falling to the Packers at No. 29, and it’s easy to see where he’d be an excellent fit within Matt LaFleur’s system as well. There are still question marks behind No. 1 receiver Davante Adams, as the likes of Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have at times struggled with health (Lazard) and hands (Valdes-Scantling). As in Baltimore, this would also be another setting where Moore’s skills aren’t too closely mirrored by anyone else on the roster, and he would potentially give Aaron Rodgers his best slot option since Randall Cobb’s heyday.
Arizona Cardinals (No. 16 overall selection)
The Cardinals would likely trade down from this spot if they were to nab Moore, but he would seemingly make for an ideal fit in Kliff Kingsbury’s short passing attack. As cited earlier when discussing his fit with the Ravens, Moore’s skills could mesh extremely well with Kyler Murray’s mobility and improvisational skills, and he would certainly help upgrade a receiving corps that currently has little certainty behind top option DeAndre Hopkins.
Washington Football Team (No. 19 overall selection)
This might be a just a tick early for Moore, but perhaps Riverboat Ron Rivera and the new brain trust in Washington wouldn’t necessarily agree. As with the Ravens and Cardinals, Washington has little it can truly count on behind their top wideout, Terry McLaurin. Moore would give whatever quarterback is under center in ’21 an explosive weapon that would also help pull some defensive attention from McLaurin, who’s already established a legitimate deep threat that would free up Moore to work the areas of the field he thrives in.
Rondale Moore 2021 Draft Prediction
Baltimore Ravens, 27th overall pick
A trade down by the Cardinals or Washington into the low 20s could certainly short-circuit this prediction but absent those developments, this could be a very likely landing spot for Moore.
Baltimore doesn’t have any glaring needs that would force its hand in utilizing their first-round pick elsewhere, and Moore’s playmaking ability would give the team’s inconsistent passing attack some welcome juice.
Rondale Moore NFL Draft Bet
As of mid-February, the only NFL Draft markets live on both PointsBet and BetMGM sportsbooks are for the No. 1 overall pick.
Moore is listed at +10000 on PointsBet and +15000 on BetMGM for that prop, but as enticing as those prices are, it’s simply not a wise bet to make with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence essentially a surefire selection at the top of the draft.
Instead, Team To Draft markets or those that offer an Over/Under on the draft position of certain players will be much more viable for those wishing to place a wager on whether the Purdue product will go in the first round or where he may land.
With Moore considered a borderline first-round prospect in many circles, it will be interesting to see what type of bets are eventually offered in terms of his draft position.
Now that you’ve read our Rondale Moore 2021 Draft Prospect scouting report, stay tuned for more NFL Draft analysis. Then, after the 2021 NFL Draft, we’ll cover his impact on betting lines, odds and tips for his NFL team.
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