Thaddeus Moss Player Profile
Weight: 250 LBS
Published by Michael Garrity
Background and Positives: Thaddeus Moss’s college career was one hell of a roller coaster. Moss played his freshman year at NC State, where he only had 49 receiving yards and 1 receiving TD. Moss expressed interest in transferring schools after one year with NC State, and eventually chose LSU. He missed the entire 2017 season due to NCAA transfer rules, and the entire 2018 season due to a foot injury. Moss was granted a medical redshirt for his junior year, and was ready to play after taking 2 years off of football. As a redshirt junior, Moss became a star. He finished the season with 47 receptions and 570 receiving yards, both of which are school records. Moss shined in the CFB National Championship against Clemson, as he scored 2 receiving touchdowns on 5 receptions. Those 2 touchdowns helped Joe Burrow break the all-time NCAA single season record for touchdown passes. Moss was a consistent weapon in Joe Brady’s offense the entire year, and was a big reason that LSU was so successful. Moss shares many strengths in his game with his father, NFL legend Randy Moss. One of those strengths is his phenomenal hands. If you need proof, here is a stat: Moss dropped exactly ZERO passes last season on 51 catchable targets. With that stat in mind, and Moss setting school records in receptions and receiving yards for Tight Ends last season, his catching ability shouldn’t be questioned. Another strength of Moss’s game that he shares with his father is his footwork. His above-average footwork allows him to make the tough sideline catch. Moss has every component to be successful in the NFL, and I’m excited to see what his future holds.
Negatives: One obvious red flag about Moss is that he’s injury prone. He had to sit out his 2018 season due to a foot injury, and couldn’t participate in the combine. At his Combine medical exam, he was found to have a fracture in his right foot that will require surgery. My fear is his foot injuries will only get worse, and by that point NFL teams will have given up on him. Another negative about Moss is his route running. He tends to come off the line of scrimmage slow and it takes time for him to build up speed. Moss’s average athleticism doesn’t help his cause either, so he needs to improve his technique and quickness to make up for it. The positives in Moss’s game outweigh the negatives, but he needs to make sure he stays healthy. If he doesn’t, his time in the NFL will be short.
Draft Round: With the recent memory of Moss’s foot surgery still fresh in NFL team’s minds, I have a feeling Moss might slip in this year's draft. Moss has every tool to be great in the NFL, and most NFL teams know that. I just don’t know how many teams are willing to gamble on a player who has gotten surgeries on both of his feet in 2 years. The highest Moss could go is the third round, but I won’t be surprised if he drops to the fourth or fifth.
Which team should take Moss?: With Joe Burrow undoubtedly going #1 overall, it would be interesting to see a reunion between the two LSU teammates. The Bengals have always struggled at the Tight End position, and it is time for a change. CJ Uzomuh, the starting Tight End for the Bengals, has proven that he is incapable of producing reliable numbers. Moss should be utilized more as a receiving Tight End, rather than a blocking Tight End. This works out great for Moss, as the Bengals pass on 63.3% of their plays. That ranks fifth highest in the NFL. He has proven to be productive in the right system, and I think the Bengals provide him with that. With Burrow having pin-point accuracy in the passing game, and the Bengals being a pass-heavy team, Cincinnati would be a good landing spot for Moss.