Rondale Moore Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Purdue WR Rondale Moore is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFl Draft

Name: Rondale Moore

School: Purdue University

Year:  redshirt Sophomore

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurements:  5-foot-9 180lbs

 

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General Info:

Rondale Moore was a four star recruit (according to ESPN and other various outlets) coming out of Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Moore initially committed to the University of Texas way back in June of 2017. That fall, he would help lead Trinity to their second consecutive 15-0 season, both resulting in state championships.

Following his senior season in 2017, he decommitted from Texas, shocking many.

After playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Moore was in the spotlight. Four hats laid in front of him: Alabama, Ohio State, Purdue, Florida State. Now historically speaking, it doesn’t take a college football savant to recognize which of those four don’t go with the others. Yet Moore, surprising again, took his 4.3 40-yard dash speed to Purdue, scooping up the hat while saying, “Boiler up.”

 

Positional Skills:

The first thing that jumps out with Rondale Moore is the other worldly athleticism. He runs a 4.3 40-yard dash, there’s a video of him in 2018 in the Purdue weight room surrounded by teammates squatting 600lbs (he’s 5-9 180lbs for a reference point) and he’s a matchup nightmare in the slot for the opposition.

On tape, Rondale proves that he is worthy of drawing a matchup with the better cornerbacks on the opposing team. If you dare go the route of lining him up across from a safety because he is a slot receiver, say a quick prayer.

He’s very shifty cutting in and out of his routes. He’s deceptive in the sense that it’s difficult to tell where exactly his route is taking him. And if you roll the dice and try to force the issue by pressing him at the line of scrimmage, he’ll take the lid off the defense.

He is an absolute yards after catch monster. With Moore, whoever is calling plays, feel free to keep it simple at times. Get him the ball quickly and watch him go to work. On tape, the dude flat out makes it look like you’re watching a video game sometimes. When he gets the ball he’s able to craft his own space and if he gets to those second and third levels, pull down the curtains, it’s a wrap.

For his size, Moore has a bowling ball mentality about him. He will break out of tackles and invite the contact his way. He doesn’t shy away or skirt towards the sideline in any sense, he welcomes the challenge of defenders zeroing in on him in space.

As far as weaknesses go, his lack of time spent on the outside is noticeable. He is a true slot receiver which might shy some people away or move him down their boards.

Rondale has had problems with the drops at times throughout his career at Purdue. When watching Moore’s film, they don’t appear to be for a lack of effort or carelessness but in most instances, him anticipating what he is going to do next before actually securing the catch. It’s something that can certainly be worked on as he surely doesn’t have the best hands in this wideout class.

 

Fit with the Packers:

Who knows about a fit in Green Bay. It’s not as though fans have been clamoring for the Packers to add an instant impact wideout to work along with Davante Adams (deep breaths, it’s a joke).

Honestly though, Rondale Moore would fit the billing of a ready to go wide receiver that Matt LaFleur could immediately plug into his offense.

While it is known that Moore is primarily a slot receiver, it would be a disservice to not mention that he is an absolute play maker. He can line up in the slot, obviously, but he can be put in the backfield and sent back as a dangerous returner as well. Think Randall Cobb but with more speed and more big play ability ready to be unleashed.

It’s likely if and when the Packers address the wide receiver spot in the off-season that it will come via the draft instead of free agency. Yes Allen Robinson, Will Fuller, Chris Godwin and many other studs are on the free agent market. But Green Bay is going to have to maneuver around just to free up some space and try to sign some guys. It started with the David Bakhtiari restructure but that will be far from the last move Green Bay needs to make to free up money for this year. It’s doubtful they would do all the work to wiggle free cap space only to unleash the bag for one, albeit tier one, wide receiver.

That’s what takes the focus to the draft and a player like Rondale Moore.

At worst, he’s effective in the return game early in year one and slowly brought along in Green Bay’s offense.

At best, and really more realistically, he’s given ample opportunity to showcase early why he was one of the top wide receivers taken in the draft as he catapults up the depth chart for the Packers.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling had a solid year, despite what some will say. He was one of the lone, consistent bright spots in the NFC Championship. How many lairs are left to peel back on that onion is yet to be seen.

Devin Funchess could be a cap casualty but even if he isn’t, it’s not as though he will command a given target total and snap count on a week in week out basis.

Davante Adams, it just goes without saying.

There is a legitimate spot to be filled as the number two wide receiver on this roster as things currently stand heading into the 2021 season. A player like Rondale Moore could instantly boost the group and give defenses another thing they have to plan for and worry about in this highly efficient offense that resides in the land of cheese.

Rondale Moore would be a great fit in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

 

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

February 25, 2021 at 06:11 pm

Yes please. As a Boilermaker I’ve see Moore do amazing things from his first game as a freshman. I think he’s a Cobb-like talent but a bit quicker and stronger. It would be sweet to have the return game solidified. I wonder if he’d be any good as a gunner.

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HankScorpio's picture

February 25, 2021 at 06:23 pm

A WR that can contribute on special teams as well as offense would be nice.

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stockholder's picture

February 25, 2021 at 07:42 pm

He doesn't play Fast. Not electric. He's Always getting caught. 4.3 speed? I'm just not seeing it. 5-9 light on feet.

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PatrickGB's picture

February 25, 2021 at 10:29 pm

Read that he sometimes played injured and that may have slowed him down a bit a few times.

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13TimeChamps's picture

February 26, 2021 at 11:16 am

"4.3 speed? I'm just not seeing it."

Either he was clocked at 4.3 or he wasn't. Doesn't matter if you can't "see" it.

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MarkinMadison's picture

February 25, 2021 at 08:08 pm

Looked at a 2019-2020 highlight film. I expected to see a lot of plays showcasing his break-away 4.3 speed but there weren't many. Not much shimmy to his run either - he is not the little guy who is going to break guys down with his moves. On the other hand, he may be tougher and more durable than your average guy who is 5'9" and 180. Also, he has experience as a punt returner, so there is that, but I'm not sure he is the best choice for the Packers because I don't see a lot of plays where there are a tone of blocks happening with Packers' special teams.

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jannes bjornson's picture

February 26, 2021 at 11:07 am

His injury history scares me off.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

February 26, 2021 at 08:16 am

I think most of us Packer savants would say the lack of a good slot WR has been their biggest offensive need over the years, particularly with Tonyan playing well at TE. Specifically, I am talking skill positions. I just hope they draft a quick twitch player at this position.

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stockholder's picture

February 27, 2021 at 07:12 am

That player isn't Moore. If Jones Leaves. Harris RB would be a better selection. IMO were putting TO MUCH in PFF ratings.

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Nate-1980's picture

February 26, 2021 at 04:45 pm

This won’t happen, it makes too much sense..

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