#81 Thaddeus Moss
WT: 250 lbs
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Mallard Creek (Charlotte, NC)
Accolades: NFL Combine.
Scouting Report: TE Thaddeus Moss, LSU
Athleticism: Thaddeus Moss is limited athletically, but still an adequate player for a tight end. He’s big, 6’2″ and 250 pounds, so he moves about how you would expect a player of that size to move. Won’t wow scouts at the combine with his performance outside of possibly his strength factor. He has very clumsy feet.
Release/Route Running: Moss isn’t particularly a good route runner. LSU would line him wide and he’s just slow in and out of his breaks, doesn’t accelerate particularly well, and doesn’t have a good release, especially when pressed. All of these things will have to be coached up with time for him to really get it down. Spent two years waiting to play for LSU (transfer rule in 2017 and then redshirt season in 2018) so you have to wonder how much that hurt him not getting as many reps.
Catch Ability: Moss can catch a lot of footballs. He’s got an excellent catch radius and can make catches through contact. The majority of his receptions were through contact because he struggles to separate, even from linebackers.
Blocking Ability: Moss is a vicious blocker. Shows excellent positioning and technique and locks linebackers and edge players down when blocking downhill. Very good as a chip blocker, taking a defender out of the play before going into his route.
Football IQ/Awareness: Excellent awareness, especially when blocking. Picks the correct assignment. I don’t see him missing blocks or assignments hardly ever. I think that he’s got some work to do in his route running, in the sense that if he could understand how option routes work, he could be deadly in this league.
Leadership/Personality: The son of former NFL star receiver Randy Moss, Thaddeus has NFL bloodlines, and we know how much the NFL values that.
The more that I watch Thaddeus Moss, the more that I think that Moss has the potential to open the door for TE2’s throughout the league. He isn’t particularly athletic, but he can catch almost anything, he’s an excellent blocker, and he’s very strong. NFL teams who play a lot of two tight end sets are going to dig this guy, and he has a chance to come off of the board very early. Moss is a guy who might not ever be a number one guy, but he’s going to impact the field from day one as a blocker and a sneaky receiver.