Stay or go? NFL scout weighs in on what Purdue WR Rondale Moore should do about 2020 season
Rondale Moore was going to be one of the B1G’s most explosive players in 2020. But with the season modified from its original 12-game format and the uncertainty surrounding college football, the talented Purdue wide receiver declared for the 2021 NFL Draft, foregoing his junior season with the Boilermakers.
With the B1G reinstating the season recently, there has been conversations about Moore potentially returning to Purdue to participate in the nine-game season this fall. But would that be his best option?
One NFL scout doesn’t necesarrily believe so.
“I don’t think he needs to come back,” one NFL scout told Gold and Black Illustrated’s Tom Dienhart. “I don’t know what else he’s gonna show us except maybe that he’s healthy. He can catch the football, he can run routes, he’s a mature kid from what I understand.
“It’d be different if this was a normal season. But why come back and risk it over eight weeks if you’re not gonna go through a normal training camp? I mean, look what’s happening in the NFL. These guys haven’t had a normal training camp, and look what happening…”
Depending on the website, Moore is considered to be a first- or second-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. The risk may outweigh the reward if the receiver was to return to West Lafayette for his junior season.
Moore burst onto the college football season as a true freshman in 2018. He was the B1G Freshman of the Year, B1G Wide Receiver of the Year and an All-American selection after totaling 2,215 all-purpose yards, 1,258 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns.
Last year, Moore’s season was cut short after suffering an injury in the fourth game of the season against Minnesota.
Purdue is still holding out hope that the wide receiver reverses course and opts back in for one more season in West Lafayette. But it might be in Moore’s best interest to call it a career as a Boilermaker after 17 games.