Name: Thaddeus Moss
Year: Redshirt Junior
Thaddeus Moss is finally getting (somewhat) out of his father’s (Randy Moss) shadow. Moss began his collegiate career at NC State, but decided to transfer to LSU in 2017. He sat out the required year (2017) but he missed his 2018 season as well because of a foot injury. 2019 was his one and only full season as a starter; he posted 47 Rec, 570 Yds, and four TDs in the regular postseason combined.
The second one puts on Moss’s tape, one notices a good blocker, slow route runner, and a strong hands. Moss is physical at the catch point, and he always gets a solid lean forward when getting tackled. He wins consistently on cut blocks and chip blocks. His run blocking opens lanes for running backs. He is not like Nick Boyle, but he offers good blocking skills that any team could use. Moss is not shy from throwing his weight around; a welcome sight for physical football programs.
Good hands are important for any receiver, but are a prerequisite for a checkdown option in the passing game; thankfully Moss got some genes from his father: Thaddeus can catch.
Best trait: Blocking/Good Hands
Moss got his athleticism from someone other than his dad because the guy is not a speedster. Randy Moss was known for winning down the field and jumping over the top of defensive backs’ shoulders and snatching the ball in air, or “Mossing” them. Thaddeus got his sure hands from his father, but he missed out in some areas of the athletic gene pool. Speed and separation are lacking aspects of Moss’s game.
Thaddeus does not separate well, and he does not create much in the way of YAC. Moss does not run very crisp routes; however, he does come back to the ball (more often than not) and he flashes as a checkdown option. The biggest downside to Moss as a checkdown player is his lack of playmaking after the catch. Moss is not a twitched-up athlete who shows burst and speed. He is more of a power player than a finesse guy, therefore some teams will value him greater than others.
Worst trait: Speed & Separation/YAC
Greg Roman loves to utilize his tight ends both in the running game and the passing game. Moss could join the great tight end room from day one and become a piece of the rotation. Moss is very adept at cut blocking, and he also chip blocks well and opens up as a checkdown option on pass plays. Boyle and Mark Andrews should both have increased roles next season, but a player like Moss would minimize the additional workload on those guys. Moss has very reliable hands, which will help him develop chemistry with Lamar Jackson, but Andrews and Boyle will remain the workhorse TEs.
Roman will appreciate the effort and brand of football Thaddeus Moss plays. It’s a very good fit folks.
MyCole Pruitt – (MIN 2015-2016; CHI 2016; HOU 2017); TEN 2018-2019)
Very similar builds link these two players. Pruitt is listed as 6’2’’ and 245lbs, while Moss is listed at the same height and five pounds heavier. Both players lack elite athleticism to be big time receiving options, but both have above average hands. Moss should have a more stable start to his career.
When a team selects Thaddeus Moss, they will be getting a high-effort, strong blocker with very secure hands to secure the football. The team will be pleased with Moss as an in-line tight end and a piece of a TE group. Moss is a football player that comes from a good family and successful lineage. An NFL team will be thrilled to select this guy.