WR Rondale Moore
- Mock Draft Share: 5.5% (5th)
- EDP Rank: 40th
- Draft Model Rank: 23rd
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With Ka’Darius Toney, we discussed the value of adding an elite player when it comes to producing after the catch. Well, I think it is fair to say we cannot question Rondale Moore’s prowess in that area.
Despite being a true freshman, Moore caught 114 passes for 1258 yards in the Big Ten in 2018. Unfortunately, he only played in 7 games the following two seasons due to injury and initially opting out of the 2020 season, but even then, his production remained remarkably strong.
Overall, I think it is safe to say that he essentially carried the Purdue offense.
Just like Toney, Moore would immediately be a feared playmaker for New Orleans out of the slot. However, his fit with Winston could be even better.
With his 4.29 speed and 42.5-inch vertical jump, he has as much explosiveness as we’ve seen from a receiver in some time, and he’d profile tremendously as a big-play threat, potentially as a vertical-slot option.
Now, Moore is only listed at 5-foot-7, which is a worrisome data point. On the other hand, he’s also 180+ pounds and is remarkably physical, and his size would matter less working out of the slot.
Is it always wise to draft a slot receiver who cannot produce from the outside most likely? Not usually, but slot receivers are still incredibly valuable (remember, receivers produce the most WAR outside of QBs), and the dangerous elements that Moore would add to any offense, let alone an offense that desperately could use speed, is worth it.
Like Toney, he’d be a tremendous selection for the Saints.