Rondale Moore is a special athlete.
It’d be easy to pigeonhole him as a K.J. Hamler, diminutive speedster at 5-9 and 190lbs. He’s so much more.
For starters you just need to look at his lower body. He has enormous, powerful legs for his size. It shows up in the weight room. He can squat 600lbs. He had a 42 inch vertical jump at SPARQ. He has crazy explosive power for a player at 190lbs.
The thing is, it doesn’t slow him down. He also ran a 4.33 at SPARQ.
Here’s a workout video from a couple of weeks ago…
Teams are going to love his potential, which is sky high. The only thing that could hold him back are injuries. He missed most of 2019 with a hamstring issue, only playing four games. For someone who’s going to need to be fast and free at the next level, you don’t want to see any nagging hamstring injuries. If he can play a full, healthy season in 2020 — he’ll have every opportunity to challenge the first round of the draft.
As a freshman he had 1258 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. He added two more scores and a further 213 yards as a runner. He also had 662 kick return yards at an average of 20.1 YPA and 82 punt return yards.
On balls thrown nine or fewer yards downfield, Moore saw over 20 more targets than anyone else (118 in total) and was one of two receivers who produced a receiving grade above 90.0. Moore also broke a tackle on over a third of these catches and averaged 7.5 yards after the catch per reception.
He’s a multi-purpose threat who can change a game any time he has the football.
So why did he end up at Purdue with this kind of physical profile?
The truth is every big team in the country was recruiting him. Yet he actually cites A.J. Dillon as an inspiration. He saw Dillon — another big-time tester who was just taken in the second round — make a name for himself as ‘the guy’ at Boston College. He decided to try and tread a similar path and not just become Texas’ next athlete to underwhelm.
I suspect teams will like that thinking come draft time.
So what does he show on tape?
The thing that stands out is he finishes runs. He doesn’t seek out the sideline that often. He’s always cutting back inside knowing with his speed he’s a missed tackle away from a scoring opportunity. He’s just so powerful and if you fail to bring him down on first contact you’re in trouble…
He’s so difficult to tackle, partly due to his size but also his quickness and explosive traits…
He’s also incredibly elusive and can juke away from tackles and run through attempted arm tackles.
Unsurprisingly he’s a massive threat on screens and end-arounds…
He gets on top of flat footed defenders in the slot and creates easy separation time and time again. He has great foot quickness and doesn’t dance too much at the start of the route. He knows when it’s time to get a shift on and release.
If there’s one area he can perhaps do a little better it’s high-pointing. Jalen Reagor is undersized too with similar explosive traits. He could go up and high-point above bigger defenders, especially in the red zone. That was a unique thing about Reagor’s game and it’s why he was the #21 pick (and why we spent so long talking about him during the college season). Moore doesn’t have to mimic that — but he does have a tendency to let the ball come to him sometimes. He has the power to leap high and pluck it, so it’d be good to see him win some of those battles too.
Even so, you’re going to have to account for him on every snap. He will break tackles that lead to enormous scoring runs. You just don’t see many smaller receivers with this level of power. To be this quick and this explosive is rare and he undoubtedly possesses first round potential.
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