Skyy Moore- WR - Western Michigan
Welcome to the rookie profile for Skyy Moore. Moore has been an offseason riser and is a favorite by a lot of analysts in the industry. All of that is for good reason. Coming from a Group of 5 (G5) school with minimal publicity, it makes sense that he took a little while to gain traction this offseason. And based on his prospect profile, he is a rare prospect since he was a G5 wide receiver, had early and consistent production, declared after 3 years in college, and is a good bet for at least Round 2 draft capital in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 195 lbs
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP
Vertical Jump: DNP
Broad Jump: DNP
Bench Press: DNP
Skyy Moore was recruited out of high school as a low 3-star cornerback recruit with only 4 offers. He made the switch to wide receiver after getting on campus and even though he was new to the position, he went off as a true freshman. He led the team in receiving with 802 yards and 3 touchdowns on 51 receptions. Now NFL wide receiver, D’Wayne Eskridge, played a limited number of games in 2019, Skyy Moore’s freshman year. But in 2020, Eskridge came back full time and led the team once again in receiving yards, receptions, and receiving touchdowns. Despite the shortened season, Moore notched his breakout season with a 23.6% target share. Going into Moore’s junior season in 2021, Eskridge had left for the NFL and the targets were funneled to Moore. He garnered an insane 36.68% target share (99th percentile) on his 1283 yards and 10 touchdowns. He led the team across the board in receiving categories: receptions, reception yards, and touchdowns. For the second time since his freshman year, Moore was awarded First-team All-MAC honors.
After his true junior season, Moore declared for the NFL Draft. He continued to impress during the offseason. At the NFL Combine he came in at a good size at 5’10” and 191lbs, followed by a really solid 40-yard dash time of 4.41 seconds (90th percentile). The rest of his testing was solid, but not great and translated to a 96.8 Speed Score (61st percentile), a 121.2 Burst Score (50th percentile), and an 11.45 Agility Score (26th percentile). But what he has put on display on tape during his career at Western Michigan and his offseason workouts, he is projected by many in the industry as a solid second-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The main thing that sticks out about Skyy Moore is his route running and ability to separate. He possesses a really exciting start/stop ability within his routes to create separation on his breaks. At the line of scrimmage and at the breaking points of routes, Moore shows a collection of release moves that he interchanges to constantly keep DBs off guard, rarely getting touched or knocked off his spot. Additionally, he demonstrates a good understanding of how to create and utilize inside or outside leverage to create an open target for the quarterback. Moore has a track record of impressive catching ability whether on routine catches or contested-catch situations. He boasts an impressively low drop rate of 4.1% and caught 8/13 contested targets for 61.5%. In contested catch situations, he displays the ability to go up and over a defender and pluck the ball out of the air.
A big part of Skyy Moore’s game is yards after the catch. He led wide receivers in the 2021 season in broken tackles after the catch with 26 broken tackles. Despite not being a big wide receiver, he shows physicality after the catch and consistently fights for extra yards. And, as a blocker for his teammates, he is more than willing. There are moments as a blocker that he could clean up some technique, but he has a really strong foundation in that area.
For most smaller school prospects, the question is always whether or not they can make the jump from lesser competition at the college level to the top competition there is in the NFL. Moore will no longer be going against DBs that will be professionals outside of the game of football, but the best DBs out there. When trying to project a player from Group of 5 schools or smaller, they need to dominate the competition. And that’s exactly what Moore did, which should alleviate a lot of concerns about making the competition jump.
On tape, there were few concerns with Moore as he is an all-around prospect. To get nitpicky with some things, he had a few too many body catches. Again, not overly worrisome as he also showed natural hands catching regularly and boasted a very low drop rate. Another negative that isn’t all on him is the lack of a route tree displayed on his tape. A lot of the lack of route tree is due to a limited offense with little room for creativity thanks to below-average quarterback play.
Pre Draft Analysis
Expected Draft Capital- Round 2
Skyy Moore projects as a great WR2 for an NFL offense. If he’s thrust into a WR1 role, he can survive but would be a lower end 1 compared to the rest of the NFL. A couple of spots that make a lot of sense towards the end of round 1 to early-round 2 include the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, or the Indianapolis Colts.
Looking at the Chiefs, they already have an established #1 target in Travis Kelce. Moore could work as the second option in the offense, whether that is in the intermediate levels or further downfield opposite of Kelce. For the Jaguars, they need receiver help for days even after recently signing Christian Kirk. They have a bunch of guys, but none of them are good bets to be an alpha in the offense. Not necessarily that Moore can be either, but he would have a good chance to be the player with the best potential in that wide receiver room. Finally, the Colts desperately need another receiving weapon to work opposite of Michael Pittman who established himself as an alpha in the offense last season. Plus, Moore’s skillset would be a great compliment to Pittman’s.
Post Draft Analysis
Draft Capital- Round 2, Pick 22
The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the dream wide receiver landing spots this offseason as soon as they moved on from Tyreek Hill via trade. Whoever went to the Chiefs would be tied to an assumed future hall of fame quarterback for years to come with minimal target competition from the wide receiver room. Travis Kelce is still in town and will command a massive target share, but is already 32 and won’t be around forever. Not only is this filling a big need for the Chiefs, but Moore also lands in a great situation where his skillset meshes really well with the offense. Andy Reid loves using his wide receivers in creative ways and Moore has the versatility to work inside and outside. They did sign Juju Smith-Schuster to a one-year, “prove it” deal as he has had his own production issues in recent years. But regardless, Moore has the opportunity to step right in and prove he is the long-term answer to the wide receiver void in Kansas City. To sum up, Moore landed in a high-powered offense, tied to an elite quarterback, with minimal target competition, and a head coach that will get the most out of him.
Moore is in a great situation, but dynasty analysts everywhere will preach talent over situation. Luckily for Moore, he is also an extremely talented wide receiver who also landed in a great situation. Best of both worlds. But, in dynasty rookie drafts, talent evals should still be considered highly when debating picks between Treylon Burks, Drake London, Garrett Wilson, Jameson Williams, and Skyy Moore. Despite the situation, he still falls behind the first tier of wide receivers mentioned previously. Anywhere after pick 6 in rookie drafts is fair game for Moore and a great spot to place a bet on him. In redraft leagues, Moore could be a great late-round dart throw. He has the immediate opportunity to make an impact in year one and produce flex level points and potentially even more right out of the gates.