NY Jets: 4 boom-or-bust targets in the 2021 NFL Draft

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3. NY Jets draft target: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Rondale Moore is one of the most polarizing prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. Moore burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2018  breaking school records with a dominant season that saw him finish with 114 catches for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns.

His 2,048 all-purpose yards were second-most in school history and it was enough to earn him Consensus All-American honors (as a true freshman) and Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year.

Moore was on the verge of stardom. Unfortunately, since that season, he’s played in just seven games.

A hamstring injury forced him to miss eight games in 2019 while he missed three more this past season. When on the field, Moore is one of the most dynamic playmakers in the country, but health has been a major concern.

There are also valid concerns about his size. Moore isn’t your typical wide receiver standing at just 5-foot-7, 181 pounds.

Some view him as the next dominant offensive playmaker with the ability to contribute as a receiver, runner, and returner. Others view him as Tavon Austin with injury concerns.

A large portion of his production came on quick-hitter routes that allowed him to make plays after the catch. His YAC ability is one of his greatest strengths, but it also has teams questioning whether he can be effective in the intermediate and deep passing game.

Moore has the natural ability to be a game-changing wide receiver in any offense. But he’ll need to stay healthy and prove that he’s more than just a gadget player to fully reach his potential.