Rondale Moore is the NFL’s next dynamic playmaker
The 2018 recruiting class had some obvious hype around some prospects. Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Justyn Ross, Zamir White, and many other highly touted prospects had the makings of being stars. However, there was a lost star among all of those recruits. A 5’9″, 175 lb four-star wide receiver from Louisville, Kentucky. That slept on star is Purdue wide receiver, Rondale Moore.
As the first four-star recruit to commit to Purdue in years, Moore had considerable hype on campus, but certainly not nationally. But once he started playing, the national stage took notice, especially when he torched Ohio State en route to Purdue’s huge upset victory over the Buckeyes. Whether people slept on what he could be or not, Moore is firmly on everyone’s radar now. And that has put him squarely in the conversation for the best receiver in the 2021 draft class.
Name: Rondale Moore
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 175 lbs
Coming out of Trinity High School, Moore caught 109 receptions for 1,478 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. In his senior season of High School, Moore won his second straight state title with Trinity High School, with him being one of the main cogs on the team that led them to that title. Moore’s high school career was not restricted to football, as he was also a standout basketball player and won a state title there as well.
As a Freshman at Purdue, Moore broke out in an incredibly special way. He had 114 receptions for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns, plus over 200 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns there. That was good enough to earn Moore the Paul Hornung Award, a consensus first-team All American selection, and Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The amount of awards and recognition he received alone is enough to know that Moore has arrived. Moore had over 2,000 all-purpose yards, the most at Purdue since Dorien Bryant in 2007.
It will be a lot for Moore to the top but based on his film and ability, there is more than a likely chance that he does just that.
The Tale of the Tape
Moore, as a freshman, looks better than some seniors and juniors that I have scouted for the 2020 class, honestly. There is room to work for him, but he has an incredible skill set for just having turned 19 only two months. His tape is dynamic and exceptional watch when you consider he was a true freshman and has room to grow still.
YAC and open field skills
Took a little Steelers film break. How about Rondale Moore folks! Maybe the most dynamic player in CFB. pic.twitter.com/QS8nYccYo0
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) August 10, 2019
This is an incredible run and ability to show off his open-field skills. First off, this is a good open field to cut this up and cheat the man holding outside contain down. However, the star factor of this run is just his incredible cutting ability he has in the open field. He sticks his foot in the ground and explodes right through to accelerate through it. Some guys will cut and look like they are stuck in quicksand, but Moore’s are very fluid and allow him to reach top speed quickly.
Even more important is a point I talk a lot about with running backs, and it is moves in succession. If you are going to be a big-play threat who creates for themselves, moves in successions and the ability to accelerate quickly are essential. Moore has both of those traits as he showcases two great cuts there right after one another to spring this play. From there it is all about Moore hitting the gas pedal, and notice when he has a blocker beside him, he slows down to read what is going to happen there. That showcases that he is processing and using his open-field vision to dictate where and how he runs. Its great stuff.
Contact Balance and Athleticism
Rondale Moore is absolutely insane. The open field skills are on full display here. pic.twitter.com/4PyrrlP9dK
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) July 9, 2019
Right away, this a good job at reeling this ball in away from his body, he is certainly not a body catcher by any means. However, this is exactly where we can see Moore’s great athleticism and his 4.33 40 truly shown off. As he is turning the corner, that is exceptional short-area burst. Again, in the NFL if you want to be a big-play threat, you need that burst in short areas to make big things happen.
His contact balance has two factors to it. First, he is not shy to engage in contact and has incredible leg drive, as shown by how he breaks through the tackle of the corner’s lazy tackle. Second off, he has a strong center of balance and legs, hence why the ankle nip tackle did not get him as he rounded the bend. Without that leg churn and strength, he does not stay up. To finish it off, he shows off another spurt of fantastic burst to get into the end zone. Great play to showcase essential skills.
This adjustment on the ball is super smooth and sweet. Makes it look effortless. pic.twitter.com/c3J8hAA5Xc
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) August 10, 2019
There are some subtle but key reasons as to why ball skills are such an underrated trait. Moore is small, and jump balls are always going to be an issue for him, but this is a heck of a catch. The ball is high, behind him, and awkwardly out of his frame. He goes full speed and is still able to reach back, make this catch away from his frame, and reel it in. It’s a good example of being track and shows that Moore is not limited if the ball gets outside of his frame.
Route Running and Releases
Rondale Moore really is a special player. Whether it’s the open field ability and his routes and releases, he’s got the juice. pic.twitter.com/dWkYqDxCeO
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) August 2, 2019
This release is just straight up dirty. It is a simple one-step hop release to get the CB’s feet chopping, thus causing him to hesitate. With the outside stem Moore takes with the release, not only does he get the CB’s feet chopping, but he gets his hips flipped too, otherwise, there is no way he could keep up with Moore’s speed on a potential wheel route. It is such a simple release, but it does so much.
This cut inside on the inside stem is just dirty. His feet are moving quickly and that is what allows this release to be topped off with a sharp beginning to the route. Those quick feet are more than that, though. It is a trait that allows Moore to snap off routes such as curls incredibly effectively.
Before the catch, this is perfection, and the spin move on top is just terrific. This is what Moore can do aligned anywhere in the formation. He is a playmaker and draws attention to him, which opens up the offense.
Moore’s statistics look very, very pretty after his breakout season. First off, my personal favorite metric is breakout age, and Moore broke out at 18 years old. That is a fantastic breakout age, no matter how you slice it up. He is making an impact early and right away. His Dominator Rating is 36.71% and his Market Share is 31.47%. In his freshman season, Moore essentially was the Purdue offense, hence why he had 114 receptions in only 13 games. His touchdown market share was 29.1% as well.
Moore essentially checks all the boxes to be above the threshold for good metrics. It might not be knock your socks off good like Laviska Shenault’s 45% Market Share, but these are all solid and show just the type of player he is, no matter how you slice it. Moore was the center of this offense and a big playmaker, and the statistics uphold that.
All of this that I described is impressive for a guy who was only a true freshman last year. Every team he faced, he lit them up. I like to talk about a wide receiver’s magnetism. All that means is that those receivers change literal play calls on the defensive side of the ball and defenses must adjust coverages in accordance with those players. All of those guys are top-flight receivers in the NFL. Rondale Moore has that same magnetism that you see in those top receivers.
This is a guy who has a bright future, and everyone should be getting devy shares in him right away. He is currently my 2021 WR1 and you will be getting a dynamic playmaker who can score bulk points at will. His speed in the modern NFL is the exact thing that will create mismatches. Everything about Moore’s stock is trending upward.
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