Chiefs rookie Skyy Moore looks like he could be a difference-maker

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Skyy Moore (24). Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Skyy Moore (24). Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Skyy Moore in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Here’s why he’s already starting to turn heads. 

The wide receiver position was widely regarded as the strength of the 2022 NFL Draft. Apparently, the league agreed, as six receivers were taken in the first 18 picks this year. Kansas City Chiefs receiver, Skyy Moore was not one of them.

In previous years, perhaps it would have been possible for a talented, productive player like Moore to sneak into the first, but Kansas City was able to snag him late in the second round with the 54th overall pick. Surprisingly, 12 wide receivers were drafted ahead of him, via Pro Football Reference. The Chiefs are hoping to prove why everyone else made a mistake.

It was no surprise to see the Chiefs dip their toes into the wide receiver pool early. After they shipped Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins for draft capital, they the Chiefs were left without a true number one option at the receiver position. The acquisition of JuJu Smith-Schuster should help in the intermediate passing game, but there will be more than enough targets to go around for Skyy Moore to feed.

Chiefs NFL Draft pick impressing in camp

It didn’t take long for Moore to get noticed either. In his first two training camp practices, Moore has already caught the attention of the media and bystanders who are impressed by his ability to explode off the line of scrimmage and create quick separation. KC Sports Network caught one of his plays here:

It’s also impressive that Moore is already carving out snaps with the first-team offense as a rookie second-round pick. This is a wide receiver room that includes newcomers in JuJu and Marquez Valdez-Scantling, as well as returning players like Mecol Hardman and Josh Gordon.

Still, the starting lineup is hardly set in stone, and perhaps Sky Moore could have something to do with that. Players that can separate and create space in the receiving game tend to carve out pretty big roles.

Even with strong play all training camp, it’s possible that the Cheifs second-round NFL Draft pick could still begin the season in a rotational role. However, I have a feeling it’s going to be hard to keep him off the field.

Though Moore is undersized (5’9 5/8” and 195 pounds), he has excellent speed (4.41 at the NFL Combine), and the ability to go the distance from any point on the field.

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Moore obviously isn’t the athlete Tyreek Hill was, but it certainly seems like the Chiefs wanted to go with a player who fits a similar profile as a potential game changer. So far, it seems like Skyy Moore is off to a solid start. He could prove to be a difference-maker as early as his rookie season.