With athleticism, play-making ability, and the potential to be a game-breaker at the next level, Rondale Moore is one of the most intriguing draft-eligible receiver prospects in a class loaded with ‘em.
Size be damned, the 5-foot-7-inch receiver has the sort of qualities teams often seek in pass-catchers – speed to burn and skills that could make him a dynamic player in the pros. A combination of enticing game-tape and impressive workouts will have coaches drooling over his potential. Moreover, Moore’s package figures to have talent evaluators wanting to snag him at some point in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Which makes it all the more interesting that Moore said he has had “numerous Zoom calls” with the Bears and their staff, according to NBC Sports Chicago’s Adam Hoge. Hoge also points out Moore was working closely with Bears WRs Coach Mike Furrey during Purdue’s Pro Day. That’s worth storing for the memory bank, as Furrey was the one LITERALLY “pounding the table” for Mooney in draft meetings. And that he’s been sent to Chicago in various mock drafts, we’re hitting a point where we can’t ignore a pattern.
Before penciling Moore’s name onto a draft card and sizing him up for pads and a helmet, let’s consider something. There is often smoke and misdirection coming from all sorts of places this time of year. Teams like to hide and obscure interest in players. But for us, Moore’s sharing Chicago’s interest is extra incentive to keep tabs on his draft stock. Consider we shared above about Furrey, and his possible influence after nailing the Mooney pick. Then, remember the smoke around Cole Kmet this time last year as a reminder that meetings can can be indicative of serious interest.
I’m unsure if Moore is the right fit for the Bears’ first-round pick if it sticks at 20. However, he could be the pick to click for Chicago at another point in the draft. Ultimately, it’s a storyline to watch.