Rondale Moore's Fantasy Outlook with Kyler Murray, Cardinals After NFL Draft

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIIMay 1, 2021

Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore (4) holds off Nebraska linebacker Will Honas (3) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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The Arizona Cardinals picked up another major offensive weapon to pair with quarterback Kyler Murray on Friday, selecting wideout Rondale Moore out of Purdue with the 49th overall pick. 

That should immediately catch the attention of fantasy football managers everywhere as Moore proved a major big-play threat with the Boilermakers over the past few years. Now he finds himself in an up-tempo offense playing opposite arguably the best receiver in the NFL in Deandre Hopkins. 

B/R Gridiron @brgridiron

Arizona gives Kyler another target 🎯 The Cardinals select Purdue WR Rondale Moore with the No. 49 pick in the #NFLDraft https://t.co/djJ8GbgL3J

The B/R NFL Scouting Department graded Moore a 7.9 out of 10 (potential NFL starter) and projected him as the 38th-best player available in this year's class. 

NFL Analyst Lance Zierlein compared Moore to Seattle Seahawks star Tyler Lockett and raved over his ability up the middle of the field:

"Slightly undersized slot receiver who makes up for it with above-average strength and competitive fire that shows up throughout the tape. He can beat one-on-one coverage with speed but lacks the size and length to legitimately challenge NFL cornerbacks outside. He's difficult to press, elusive out of route breaks underneath and his ability after the catch could make him a priority target when it's time to move the sticks on third down. He lacks desired game experience on paper, but he's the same player week in and week out and teams know exactly what they will get with him. His football character and acumen are big pluses to go with his talent. Moore should become a good starting slot target with punt return potential."

Moore finished his college career with 1,915 yards, 14 touchdowns and an average of 10.8 yards per catch on 178 receptions over 20 total games with Purdue in three years. 

Considering the Cardinals had the sixth-best offense in the league last season (384.6 yards per game), Moore could find himself battling for targets alongside established skill players like Hopkins, A.J. Green and Christian Kirk, but he has all the tools to join their ranks. 

Josh Weinfuss @joshweinfuss

If Rondale Moore can earn playing time this season, there will be opportunities. Under Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals have run 548 offensive plays with 4+ WR on the field, according to ESPN Stats & Information. No other team has more than 161 such plays.

Josh Weinfuss @joshweinfuss

Rondale Moore forced 30 missed tackles in 2018, his only full season, which is the 3rd-most by a WR in the last 3 seasons. So, he’s not just fast. He’s quick. And that’s lethal in the NFL.

Moore instantly becomes a mid-to-late round target in deeper leagues and a potential first- or second-round pick in dynasty leagues. 

As head coach Kliff Kingsbury enters Year 3 in the desert, he's got plenty of toys to play with. That should have fantasy managers keeping a close eye on the Cardinals' offense and ready to grab players like Moore as soon as possible.