Is Thaddeus Moss a hidden, undrafted gem for the Redskins?

The NCAA National Champions had a very successful draft: LSU led all the schools with 14 picks, 5 of which went the 1st round. Now we enter the post-draft phase, LSU are still sending players into the NFL.

Thaddeus Moss, the LSU standout, signed for Washington Redskins on Saturday evening as an undrafted free agent. Second-generation stars are not uncommon in the NFL. He is the son of former New England Patriot and Minnesota Viking, four-time All-Pro, Hall of Famer Randy Moss.

Thaddeus is a 6ft 2 tight end who became an integral part of the national-winning LSU offense. In the championship game against Clemson he finished with 5 receptions, for 36 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Scouts had Moss as a mid-round pick, top 10 tight end, and the number 148 overall prospect in the draft. The scouting reports had him having excellent hands, which was shown in his stats in the last season at LSU.

In 2019 Moss connected with Burrow for 47 receptions, 570 yards, and 4 touchdowns in 12 games, averaging 12.1 yards per catch. Also, Moss is a strong blocker, suited for protecting the edge and creating lanes for the running backs. His biggest flaw however, is he doesn’t present the downfield athleticism that is much needed to be a top tight end in the modern passing era of the league.

Twelve tight ends were picked during the drafts seven rounds and Moss wasn’t one of them. The issues with athleticism and his physical health issues, the broken bone in his foot that made him miss parts of the combine and all of the 2018 season, really compromised his draft stock and left him undrafted.

Kyle Smith, VP of player personal at Washington Redskins, on ESPN said it was a no brainer signing Thaddeus Moss.

Moss, should have an opportunity to make an immediate impact in Washington. The Redskins released Jordan Reed earlier in the offseason and then Vernon Davies retired. They do have Logan Thomas, Jeremy Sprinkle, and Richard Rogers in the depth chart, but none of these are seen as long-term options for Dwayne Haskins.

Moss is a player who could end up being the diamond in the rough for this young offense especially after he is coming off his best-ever season. Washington Redskins must be hoping that Thaddeus can also dominate defences like his dad Randy Moss did, who had 10 seasons of going over 1,000 yards, if he can get anywhere near that they have a steal of an undrafted player.

Article written by Ben Evans and first published on 26/04/20.

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