Thaddeus Moss

LSU

Prospect Info

College
LSU
Hometown
Class
Charlotte, NC
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
249 lbs
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Hands
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Prospect Grade

5.98
How We Grade

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Moss is the son of the Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss. Thaddeus moved around quite a bit in high school, playing in five schools in four states. He was ranked among the top 10 tight end recruits in the country despite his constant transitions, signing with North Carolina State. He started three of 13 games played as a true freshman for the Wolfpack, catching six passes for 49 yards (8.2 per) and a score. Another move was on the way, though, as he transferred to LSU and sat out 2017 as a transfer student. Moss did not get a chance to play in 2018, either, as he suffered a foot injury (fifth metatarsal) before the season. He had two surgeries on that foot and rehabbed in time to play in the 2019 season. His presence in 14 starts was an immense help to Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, as they connected 47 times for 570 yards (12.1 per) and four scores. Two of those four touchdowns came in the national title game victory over Clemson.
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Overview
Family lineage and brand awareness playing with Joe Burrow and LSU make it easy to overshoot expectations for Moss as a dynamic pass-catcher, but tape study shows he's actually more skilled as a run blocker. He has great hands and good body control, but he's an average athlete who benefited from rub routes and off coverage to find plenty of open-window catches. He will get after it as a run blocker, using above-average technique and an impressive ability to strain and sustain against bigger opponents. He could struggle to uncover against tight man, but his hybrid TE/H-back versatility and run-blocking prowess could lock him into a TE3 role.
Strengths
  • Willing to get grimy as a run blocker
  • Treats run blocking with conviction
  • Rolls hips into base blocks and strains to sustain
  • Gets into space and adjusts to connect with moving targets
  • Gave work to Big Kat Bryant in Auburn game
  • Tremendous hands and instincts as a pass catcher
  • Deft footwork to twinkle-toe the boundary catch
  • Wide frame allows bully opportunities against safeties
  • Reliable in catching what is thrown to him underneath
  • Plenty of room to grow and get better as a player
Weaknesses
  • Ordinary athleticism
  • More smooth-bodied than defined
  • Hand placement needs more consistency as a run blocker
  • Not very sudden getting off the line and into routes
  • Frequently detoured by press
  • Same speed rolling in and out of his turns
  • Has a get-there-when-I-get-there route tempo
  • Sluggish foot quickness getting in and out of breaks
  • Below-average wiggle after the catch
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league