Team: Purdue Boilermakers
Position: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 5’9″ and 180 lbs
The purpose of this series is to provide a ceiling and a floor for devy prospects. We also provide an example of a player in which the prospect could reach their level of production. This is not a player comparison in regards to style of play, but more so used for what we think the high or low end of production could be for fantasy purposes.
Rondale may be the most elusive WR in college football right now. He utilizes his elite footwork and athleticism to create separation against defenders and his juke moves alone could create a 5 minute highlight reel on YouTube. Moore has reliable hands and his play making skills will make him a highly coveted prospect to most NFL teams. Moore would certainly prosper in a creative offense that can effectively highlight his skills. He burst onto the scene in his freshman year at Purdue in 2018 with 114 receptions for 1,258 receiving yards and 12 TDs. For good measure he carried the ball 21 times for another 213 yards (10.1 YPC) and a pair of TDs. Although he was injured in week 4 of the 2019 season, he started out strong averaging nearly 8 catches a game and saw his yards per reception rise by 2.3 yards. Moore excels with the ball in his hands and will make any QB look better with his abilities to weave in-and-out of defenses. He should be on everyone’s radar in 2021 as an early 1st round pick, and should be owned in every devy league.
Ceiling Projection: Steve Smith
When studying prospects, we as fans and analysts look for certain measurables like height, weight, speed/elusiveness, and other identifiers that are quantifiable. Rondale rates highly in a category that you will not find on a stat sheet and that is the “IT” factor. He can do things on a football field that usually can only be seen when playing video games, however; I am concerned that his desire to shift and try to extend plays will lend itself to injuries. Rondale started off the 2019 year just as he ended the 2018 season, but suffered a season-ending leg injury during the Minnesota game. He lacks elite size for a WR, but NFL teams are now utilizing spacing and speed in today’s game, so in the right system he could flourish. My only concern is an increased potential for injury, but he has the elite potential we as dynasty owners covet.
Floor Projection: Percy Harvin
Rondale Moore has one of the highest upsides of all the devy prospects. He will likely be an early fantasy draft pick when he declares, and is consistently being taken in the top 5 picks in devy formats. His upside far outweighs his potential for injury and should be drafted with confidence as a potential WR1 in the NFL.