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Purdue wideout Rondale Moore is arguably the most explosive pass-catcher in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, but some are worried about his rather average height. USA Today’s Marcus Mosher even argued that Cole Beasley has been the only “successful” receiver under 5’8″ since 2000.
To be fair to the Purdue star, could they do this?
And by the way, this is a video of Moore squatting almost three years ago as a college freshman.
At the very least, NFL scouts should recognize that they’re dealing with a special talent. But Moore is still currently projected to slot into the early second round, or potentially late first. That allows him to land anywhere, including with contenders like Baltimore who desperately need pass-catchers.
Before his time at Purdue, he ran a 4.33 40-yard dash, which probably makes him the fastest and strongest receiver in this class. And this will be a monster “receivers” draft that includes Alabama’s Devonta Smith and LSU stud Ja’Marr Chase.
He pops off the screen on tape too:
Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore (@moore_rondale) is a strong, fast, elusive receiver who happens to double as a solid punt and kick returner. Look for him to go in round one or two in the draft.— Jared Barsness (@JaredBarsNFL) March 19, 2021
He can also squat 600 lbs. 😳 pic.twitter.com/ACUJRll2uV
There’s an NFL front office somewhere that’s about to grab either the steal of the draft or a complete bust. There’s a reason NFL scouts check measurables before literally anything else. We’ll see how that affects Rondale Moore as he marches towards the late-April Draft.