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The developmental potential of Thaddeus Moss

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Can Thaddeus Moss build upon his breakout playoff performance in the pros?

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Thaddeus Moss, TE

College Experience: Redshirt Junior | Age: 22 (on Week 1)

Height / Weight: 6’2” / 250 lbs

Projected Draft Status: 4th-5th rd

NFL Comparison: MyCole Pruitt

Career Statistics

Player Overview

Son of receiving great, Randy Moss, Thaddeus collegiate career is less to be desired. After barely seeing the field at North Carolina State, Moss transferred to LSU where he made integral catches during the team’s playoff games. He missed the entire 2018 season with a foot injury. He played in 2019 where he contributed to the National Championship run where he caught two of his four career touchdowns in the championship game. He finished the season with career-highs in receptions (47), receiving yards (570) and touchdowns (4).

Game Film

LSU v.s Auburn

Strengths

  • Excellent run blocker
  • Great hands (no recorded drops in 2019*)
  • Reliable in short routes
  • Very mobile in blocking
  • Developmental potential as a pass catcher

Weaknesses

  • Limited route tree (mainly underneath, short, and vertical routes)
  • Inconsistent effort in route running
  • Small sample size
  • Nothing special after the catch
  • Injuries hampered his playing time and kept him from participating in combine drills

How would he fit:

Moss would fit in as a developmental prospect for the Skins. While Moss is not a playmaker, he did act as a reliable safety valve for LSU on passing downs. He could see the field on Day 1 as an inline blocker for running pays. In the LSU system, he showed glimpses of being an instinctual pass catcher and was reliable in short, underneath throws. His willingness to be a blocker would create competition with Sprinkle and Hentges. While he may not be a playmaking tight end at the start of the season, he has the chance to be a mainstay in every down.

Sources:

NFL.com draft profile