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Cardinals draft WR Rondale Moore with No. 49 pick

Purdue WR Rondale Moore goes to the Cardinals with the 49th overall pick in the 2021 draft. Will he be a fantasy football asset to start his career?

 Purdue Boilermakers wide receiver Rondale Moore (4) lines up before the snap during the college football game between the Purdue Boilermakers and Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 28, 2019, at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, IN. Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Arizona Cardinals selected one of the most electric players in college football the past few years by taking former Purdue Boilermakers wide receiver Rondale Moore with the No. 49 overall pick. It’s a shame we didn’t see more of him on the field during college because he was one of the most exciting players in the country when he was suited up.

After a dominant true freshman season, Moore missed much of 2019 with an injury. Then, he opted out of the 2020 college football season before opting back in. He only played in three games in his final college season and caught 35 passes for 270 yards, while rushing six times for 32 yards with a rushing touchdown.

Scouting Report

How Moore will project to the next level will be interesting to watch. His speed is unquestionable, and he appears to be as competitive as it gets from the wide receiver position. Another plus is his potential as a punt returner at the next level where he could be incredibly dangerous. The big knock will be his size as he stands at just 5-foot-7, and he played in just seven games in the last two seasons. When he was on the field, he was tough to stop, and that could be the case in the Cardinals offense.

Fantasy football impact

Rookie

Moore walks into an Arizona offense that took another step last season under second-year quarterback Kyler Murray. As of right now, the Cardinals’ top-two receivers are DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk. However, there could be solid competition for the third wideout spot between Moore and Andy Isabella. Moore’s speed and playmaking ability makes him a must-start somewhere on the field. But in regards to fantasy, it’s hard to see him being more than a FLEX play.

Long-term

Depending on how he is used within the Cardinals’ offense, Moore could develop into a quality slot wide receiver. At 5-foot-7, Moore doesn’t have the height to play on the outside, but he could be deadly inside and matching up against linebackers. WR2 in fantasy football is his ceiling.