What Are They Saying? Reaction to Rondale Moore Selection

Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore (4) runs against Nebraska during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

With the 49th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected a wide receiver out of Purdue, Rondale Moore. 

The  5-foot-7, 180-pound receiver initially opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 but decided to play once the Big Ten announced they would play in the fall after all. In just three games in 2020, he had 35 receptions, 270 yards, 7.7 average; six carries, 32 yards, 5.3 yards per carry, one TD. 

“A player that our scouts and coaching staff had high grades on…has the ability to be an elite kick returner and punt returner, which was an area we felt we had to improve,” Steve Keim said after the pick was announced. 

“Rondale Moore can fly. You can use him on some of these gadget plays…not only is he fast, he is sturdy and strong. Once he breaks tackles and gets out in the open field, he is gone,” NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah told the viewers during draft coverage. 

In 2017 as a true freshman, Moore won the Paul Hornung award, which is awarded to the most versatile player in college football. 

One of the Cardinals needs was speed, and it seems they may have addressed that with Moore. Here are some reactions from around the league on the second-round pick.