Not drafted by LSU, Thaddeus Moss is a real boon for the Redskins
LSU tied a record with 14 draft picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, but they would own the record if Thaddeus Moss was not drafted due to medical issues.
The recently completed 2020 NFL Draft saw National Champion LSU Tigers pick 14 players, which tied the record of choice in a single draft, previously defined by the state of Ohio in 2004. Joe terrier was the No.1 pick and saw his entire offensive line and draft-eligible weapons chosen except for the tight end Thaddeus Moss, the son of Randy Moss.
Moss was not drafted despite being screened as Day 3 pick, most likely in rounds 4 or 5, but was definitely picked with one of 255 picks over seven rounds over three days.
The first two days went by without Moss being picked, which was no surprise, but it was a surprise when Mr Irrelevant was picked with the final pick and Moss was still on the board.
How a player with 47 receptions for 570 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the National Championship game against Clemson not written? And how could this player who is the son of a Hall of Fame member not get drafted when everyone else on his team has been chosen?
Thaddeus Moss living up to the name on the back of his jersey.
Randy has to be proud of his kid 🙌
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 9, 2019
It’s not about Moss’ talent, but rather the injury revealed to the NFL Scouting Combine that revealed a Jones fractured right foot this surgery needed who left him without a draft. Due to the real implications of the coronavirus pandemic, Moss was unable to meet with the teams for medical checks before the draft.
That’s part of the reason some free agents remain unsigned, like the former Carolina Panthers quarterback. Cam Newton who is on the street and likely to stay there until he can be examined by doctors on the potential team.
This left the teams reluctant to take the risk of a talented player who came with an injury. After being transferred from the state of North Carolina and missing his transfer year, Moss also missed the whole of 2018 with a foot injury. The 2019 season was the first game action he has had since 2016, when he had six receptions in his freshman year.
Moss’s injury deprived him of enlistment and the memory that goes with it, as well as the corresponding contract, but it turned out to be a blessing for the Washington Redskins.
Moss was the best undrafted player by a margin of safety and was one of the first undrafted free agents to sign after the draft ended. Moss was signed by the Redskins who basically got a free 4th or 5th round choice to cast with.
After being a reliable weapon for Joe Burrow and the Bayou Bengals last year, the Redskins are hopeful Moss will recover from Jones’ fracture that left him undrafted and can be a safety cover for 2019 first-round pick, quarterback Dwayne Haskins, a former Burrow teammate in Ohio.
Undrafted players don’t always succeed. Most often they are cut after training camp or preseason. If they’re lucky, they’ll be signed into a practice squad. But Moss isn’t your typical undrafted free agent. It’s a 4th round talent they got without having to spend a draft pick.
That’s why Moss wasn’t drafted and why he’s such a godsend for the Redskins.
Of course, it is not without risk. Don’t tie him to being in the Pro Bowl this year. These are unfair expectations.
Jones’ fracture suffered by Moss takes six to eight weeks to heal. By the time it’s time to put on the crampons, Moss will be 100% ready to compete for reps at close range and make his contribution to the Redskins.