Rondale Moore reverses course after opting out for the 2021 NFL Draft
Football is in full swing, and we even have a game tonight as South Alabama and UAB are set to square off. However, as the Big Ten inches closer to their start date, we are starting to get some of their high profile players who originally opted out reversing their course; first it was Wyatt Davis and Shaun Wade of Ohio State, and now Purdue gets wide receiver Rondale Moore back for one more year before they all inevitably head to the 2021 NFL Draft.
Moore, coming off of a season-ending knee injury a year ago, is one of the most electric players in the country, and looks to be a first round pick by the time the draft rolls around next April. Now fully healthy, the 5-foot-9 and 180 pound playmaker looks to use the 2020 season to solidify his stock as a top-32 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Looking at the box score on Rondale Moore
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The box score never even tells 10 percent of what a prospect brings to the table, but it is good when taking production metrics and analysis into consideration. Moore is an absolute analytical darling based off his numbers as a true freshman, giving him a top-tier breakout age. As a freshman in 2018, the year the Boilermakers upset the Buckeyes (a game Moore had a massive hand in), Moore racked up a total of 1,258 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns, adding another 213 and two scores as a rusher.
In just four games of action a year ago, Moore tallied 29 catches for 387 yards and two touchdowns for the Boilermakers. Had he played a full 12 games in 2020, Moore was on pace for 116 catches for 1,548 yards receiving and eight touchdowns for the Purdue football program a year ago. Needless to say, Moore is a stud for the Boilermakers and one of the top playmakers in the county.
Turning on the tape
When turning on the film of Moore, the first thing that stands out is his ability to separate in space. He has a quick feet off the line of scrimmage, which he uses as a combatant for his slender build; a defensive back cannot jam a receiver, no matter the size, if they cannot get their hands on them.
One of the more agile players in the 2021 NFL Draft class, Moore runs sudden, crisp routes, stems defensive backs well, and even has the ability to manipulate his body along the boundary to make the big plays down the field. As he is now back in 2020, he will look to add even more fireworks to his portfolio and secure a first round grade in next year’s event.