WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — In the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, five wide receivers heard their names called. But there remains a talented pool of prospects that will be potential targets for teams looking for a pass catcher; that includes Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore.
One trait that plagues some of the athletes falling to the second day of the draft — namely Moore and Mississippi wide receiver Elijah Moore — is their size.
Many analysts considered the Rebels' receiver a first-round selection. But with a height of 5-foot-9 and weighing 178 pounds, he is eerily similar to the Boilermakers' star. Both have yet to be selected.
Scouts and Purdue's Pro Day officially listed Moore at 5-foot-7 and 181 pounds. Now, he awaits the phone call that will send them to the professional level. And with doubts about his size and durability, it'll come down to the organization that feels his set of skills fits best for their offense and special teams.
Teams are still looking for receivers, and with rounds two and three on the horizon, there's a high chance Moore will be the first Boilermaker off the board by the end of the day Friday.
ESPN Evaluation of Rondale Moore
"Moore is an undersized slot receiver with excellent burst and rare top-end speed. He makes defenders miss and has the second gear to pull away when he gets the ball in space. He averaged 10.1 yards per carry in 2018. He's more of a threat after the catch, but he tracks the ball well and makes some plays downfield.
He's an above-average route runner who has the burst to separate from man and settles into pockets working against zone looks. He's a hands catcher, but he's a small target who drops some balls. He's tough over the middle and after the catch."
Wide receivers taken in the first round
Ja'Marr Chase, LSU
Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
DeVonta Smith, Alabama
Kadarius Toney, Florida
New York Giants
Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
Top wide receiver prospects remaining
Terrace Marshall Jr.
NFL teams that may take a receiver
- Detroit Lions: Picks 41, 72 and 101
- Arizona Cardinals: Pick 49
- New England Patriots: Picks 46 and 96
- Chicago Bears: Picks 52 and 83
- Tennessee Titans: Picks 53, 85 and 100
- Kansas City Chiefs: Picks 58, 63
- New Orleans Saints: Picks 60, 98 and 105
- Green Bay Packers: Pick 62 and 92
- Houston Texans: Pick 67
Stories Related to the NFL Draft
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- BOILERMAKERS' DRAFT RANKINGS: Purdue football has a number of players eligible for the 2021 NFL Draft, and Rondale Moore is likely to hear his name first. But teammates Derrick Barnes, Tyler Coyle and Lorenzo Neal may be selected later in the draft. CLICK HERE
- RONDALE MOORE DRAFT ANALYSIS: Sports Illustrated's college football expert Jim Mora shared his analysis of the Boilermakers' explosive wide receiver ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft. CLICK HERE