LSU Tigers tight end Thaddeus Moss enjoyed a historical National Championship game showing in his team’s victory over the Clemson Tigers earlier this week. After scoring just two touchdowns on the season, Moss, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Randy Moss, matched his season total, torching the Clemson defense for two touchdowns on five receptions.
Moss, riding high on his newfound NFL prospects, waited little time to cash in on his potential meteoric rise up NFL Draft boards, declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft on Friday.
Moss enters a fairly thin tight end group in this year’s draft class. With a good showing at the combine/LSU’s pro day, Moss has a chance to catapult himself into the upper-echelon of tight end prospects for the 2020 Draft.
Thad Moss to Forgo Senior Season, Will Enter 2020 NFL Draft
LSU’s celebration of hoisting this season’s National Championship trophy has been somewhat shortlived, as on Friday, the ninth player from their title-winning team declared for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Moss took to Twitter to announce his decision to the world, thanking his family, coaching staff, teammates, and Tiger Nation for the continued love and support. In Moss’ announcement, he states “after much prayer, counsel and thought I have decided to forgo my the remaining year of eligibility I have at LSU to enter the 2020 NFL Draft.” You can see his post in full below.
Moss Has a Chance To Skyrocket Up Draft Boards
Moss enjoyed a brilliant 2019 campaign at LSU, one that set the Tigers school record for receptions (47) and receiving yards (570) by a tight end. ESPN’s Mel Kiper pegged Moss as a top-10 player at his position entering the National Championship game. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller deemed Moss a “6’3”, 250-pound athlete who is that mismatch that teams want at tight end.”
Moss’ brilliant showing in the title game should only increase the positive outlook that scouts and teams already had on the son of the Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Moss’ Journey to the NFL Started at N.C. State
Despite his family pedigree and upside, Moss was ranked as just a three-star prospect and the 17th-best tight end in his 2016 recruiting class when coming out of Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Moss opted to stay close to home, committing to N.C. State. Moss played his freshman season with the Wolfpack, starting three games and finishing the season with six catches for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Despite his minuscule production, Moss believed he was ready for bigger things, and he was right. Moss transferred to LSU following his freshman year. However, he wasn’t immediately given the opportunity to shine on the football field at his new home. After sitting out the entirety of the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer rules, the Tigers then opted to redshirt him for the 2018 season.
Yet, after a rollercoaster of a college career, Moss settled in as the Tigers’ starting tight end in 2019, and will go down in history as one of the prolific players at his position, at one of the most storied schools in college football.
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