It’s a good thing the 2021 NFL Draft class is loaded with receivers, because the Bears have needs at the position.
And in what I would view as a good sign, they have already met with one of the most intriguing prospects:
Purdue WR Rondale Moore tells me that he has met with the #Bears in the predraft process.
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) March 23, 2021
Bear Report’s Zack Pearson reports that Rondale Moore and the Bears have already met during the predraft process. And after seeing Moore’s Pro Day performance, I’m glad Chicago has already established some groundwork with Moore, because anyone who hasn’t reached out before should be doing so shortly.
A combination of excellent tape and eye-opening workout numbers should solidify his spot among this draft class’ top prospects:
#Purdue WR Rondale Moore —
Saw the Pro Day testing numbers (4.29 40; 42.5 Vert). Meshes with his explosive/sudden traits.
— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) March 23, 2021
ICYMI: Rondale Moore hitting 24 reps of 225 at 180lbs
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 24, 2021
— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) March 23, 2021
Rondale Moore/WR/Purdue three cone times coming in at times between 6.65 to 6.68 seconds.
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) March 23, 2021
A blazing 40-time and leaping over the moon with his vertical jump should help Moore boost his draft stock. Then again, Moore’s résumé is already legit. He was first-team All-Big Ten, the Conference’s Receiver of the Year, and earned Consensus All-American status in 2018. A 1,258-yard, 114-catch, 12-touchdown season put him on the map as a freshman. Injuries limited him to four games in 2019 and just three in 2020. And while injury shortened seasons are a red flag of sorts, there’s still so much talent and upside to dream on.
Mock drafts in early March connected Moore and the Bears, although there’s no consensus on where he’ll land on Draft weekend. But when you think about what Moore can offer as a speedy pass-catcher and Chicago’s need for a receiver who can do what Moore has in college, it’s not much of a stretch to see where the two could line up as a match at some point in the draft.