The Future: 2021 NFL Draft prospects Rondale Moore
Rondale Moore burst onto the college football scene his freshman year against Ohio State where he recorded 12 catches for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with 2 rushes for 24 yards. Ever since his freshman year though he has struggled to stay on the field, dealing with multiple injuries and only playing in 7 games over the past 2 years. When he is on the field he is a danger to take any touch to the endzone and can be an electric player on special teams and in the open field. Below I'll go into more depth on his hands, his release, his ability to create separation, his ability to control his body/adjust, and his ability to gain yards after the catch (YAC).
Hands- Moore has shown that he has solid hands, being able to catch the ball away from his body, in traffic and tuck it and run. He does have some drop issues that are due to lack of concentration and looking to get upfield too quickly. His limited catch radius comes into play on some of his drops and he isn't the type of receiver who is going to be able to make up for inaccurate throws from the quarterback. On deep throws, he does a good job of tracking the ball over his shoulder and completing catches.
Release- Moore has excellent burst and lateral agility off the line of scrimmage to get into his route and shake corners at the jam point. He has a solid, stocky build with great contact balance that allows him to eat jams and stay on his stem. Against off coverage, he has the burst and acceleration to explode off the line and gain ground on defenders very quickly. I would like to see him use his hands more in his release package to counter jams.
Separation Quickness- His ability to create separation relies mainly on his athletic ability. He is known for being a gadget player but I believe he has more to his route tree than a vertical route and manufactured touches behind the line of scrimmage. His ability to get in and out and breaks is what helps him create the most separation, especially on short to intermediate routes where he is breaking in or back to the quarterback. I think for him to become a more complete player he is going to need to extend his route tree even more than it already is.
Adjust/Body Control- This isn't a great aspect of Moore's game. Due to his size and length, he isn't going to be in many jump ball situations and if he is he can't be asked to make plays in those situations. In terms of his body control though he does a good job of recognizing where he is on the field and making sure to stay in bounds both along the sideline and the back of the endzone.
YAC- This is where Moore thrives. He is electric in the open field and might be the best in this class at finding green grass and making defenders miss in the open field. He can be used in sweeps, screens, and manufactured touches behind the line of scrimmage just to get the ball in his hands so he can make a play. He has excellent speed and acceleration to beat angles as well as run away from defenders. He is very shifty in the open field with his jukes, spins, and fakes to make defenders miss, often breaking ankles and making them look silly. His contact balance is crazy at times, especially when you consider he is only 5'9, 180. He shows great power for his size and can break tackles and keep gaining yards. Any time he touches the football he can break one for a touchdown. He is also fantastic as a kick/punt returner where he shows great vision to find holes and excellent burst to shoot through them and get upfield.
Moore's draft stock is going to be very interesting to watch up until the draft because his upside is immense but due to injuries he may fall into the 2nd-3rd round and a team may end up with a steal if he can stay healthy. He will be able to make an instant impact in the NFL as mainly a 3rd/slot receiver who can be used in many different ways. He should also be returning kicks and punts from the start next year and will make an immediate impact in special teams right away.