Rondale Moore is not getting the respect that his peers in the 2021 NFL Draft class are getting. And it's hard to figure out why. When healthy, Moore was one of the most electric players in college football. He's reportedly looked just as dynamic at training camp for the Arizona Cardinals.
Moore is flying under the radar in fantasy football leagues, but he's a player to keep an eye on as we approach draft season.
Rondale Moore Fantasy Outlook
The rookie currently carries an average draft position (ADP) of WR68, per FantasyPros. He's a fantastic low-risk, high-reward gamble at that spot.
As a true freshman in 2018, Moore lit it up for 1,471 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns. He had a breakout age of 18.2, putting him in the 99th percentile among wideouts. Dominating college opponents at a young age tends to be one of the most reliable predictors of future NFL success.
However he didn't dominate much after 2018. Injuries limited him to a combined seven appearances over the next two seasons. And the terrible quarterback play at Purdue didn't allow him to do much other than get the ball on gadget plays.
But Moore is not just a gadget receiver. The 5-foot-7 wideout is a much better route runner than he's been given credit for, and he's a flat-out electric athlete. Moore clocked in with a 4.37 40-yard dash and owns a 96th percentile burst score and a 94th percentile agility score. The kid can move.
He put that on full display in his preseason debut, turning 5 touches into 39 yards from scrimmage. It's rarely smart to put that much stock into preseason action, but Moore looked like a special athlete.
The downside here is that he's stepping into a crowded offense. Kyler Murray had the seventh-most passing attempts in football (558) last year, but a whopping 160 of those looks went to DeAndre Hopkins. Behind him, Christian Kirk was second on the team with 79 looks. Larry Fitzgerald, who saw 72 targets, still hasn't returned to the team, but A.J. Green will likely soak up most of that volume.
If he's buried behind Hopkins, Kirk and Green on the depth chart, it could be tough for Moore to contribute much in 2021.
Rondale Moore ADP
But it's not like you're spending a high pick on the rookie. On average, he's being taken as the 188th player off the board. That's a pick you can afford to miss on.
He's a great low-risk, end-of-draft flyer. Just don't expect production right away.
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