Fantasy Upside The Cardinals selected Purdue's Rondale Moore in the second round with the No. 49 overall selection, adding a diminutive but explosive wide receiver to the offensive weapons surrounding ascendant quarterback Kyler Murray. Moore's size has generated doubters throughout his football career, but as NFL.com suggests, his 4.3 speed and open-field moves thoroughly negated that disadvantage at the college level. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Moore to Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett and believes he can win an NFL role as a return man, as well. Injuries and early draft entry limited his college career to just 20 games. Moore established himself as Purdue's best player, and one of the most explosive players in the Big Ten Conference, from his very first college game. His freshman year, his only healthy season at Purdue, he led the nation with 114 catches. The Boilermakers' short passing game held down his average (11 yards per catch), but he nevertheless scored 12 touchdowns and added 213 rushing yards on 21 attempts. Also a primary return man for Purdue that year, Moore was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and became the first freshman winner of the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player.
Fantasy Downside Even assuming Larry Fitzgerald doesn't return, the Cardinals' receiving corps is a crowded field with DeAndre Hopkins, newcomer A.J. Green and Christian Kirk opening camp locked in ahead of Moore. That's not to say he can't carve out a role, but the rookie's work is cut out for him -- especially with Hopkins being among the NFL's most-targeted wideouts. Don't look for that to change no matter how impressive Moore might be out of the chute.
2021 Bottom Line There's play-making ability here if Kliff Kingsbury and Murray can tap into it, but set your expectations for fantasy production at reasonable levels (think WR4/WR5).