Western Michigan’s Skyy Moore is one of the hottest names in the dynasty community and the NFL Draft community alike. Can he be the next WR to emerge from a smaller school to make the jump into fantasy stardom in the NFL? Before we look at Moore’s fantasy outlook, let’s dive into his college production profile of him, his athletic testing and measurables of him then take a look at what’s on tape.
Editor’s Note: This article is part of our Rookie Profile series going on until the 2022 NFL Draft. For more on each rookie, check out Andy, Mike, and Jason’s exclusive rookie rankings and production profiles found only in the Dynasty Passpart of the UDK+ for 2022.
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Coming out of high school, Moore was labeled as a three-star recruit by 247Sports, and as a result, he didn’t get any big time offers at Power 5 schools. In fact, Skyy Moore played QB in high school and didn’t start playing wide receiver until he enrolled at Western Michigan. Moore was one of the best rushing QBs in the state of Pennsylvania where he played, and on the field, you can see how natural he looks with the ball in his hands. You can check out some of Moore’s insane high school highlights here.
Despite never playing WR in high school, Moore stepped on the field immediately in his first year at Western Michigan and produced with 51 receptions and 802 yards as a true freshman. In his first year in college and first year playing the position, Moore led the Broncos in receiving yards and was tied for a second on the team in receptions.
During his sophomore year in 2020, which was a Covid-shortened season, Moore set new personal bests in per game averages. In just five games, Moore averaged 5.0 catches, 78.2 yards and 0.6 TD per game. To put this in perspective compared to his 2019 season, on a 13-game pace, that would have equated to 65 receptions, 1,016 yards and 8 TDs. This production helped Moore earn a breakout age of 20.0.
In his final year at Western Michigan, Moore dominated to the tune of almost 1,300 yards and 10 scores. Moore logged the 9th most receptions in the country and ranked 14th in receiving yards. In his final year, Moore also logged some elite underlying metrics. Per our Rookie Production Profiles, he accounted for 44% of his team’s receptions (2nd among WRs), 42% of his team’s receiving yards (5th among WRs) and 47% of his team’s receiving TDs (4th among WRs). This top tier production helped Moore secure a 44% dominator rating, which was tied for third among WRs in this year’s class.
All in all, Skyy Moore’s production profile certainly checks the box for what we’re looking for in WR prospects. He produced early, he dominated with the opportunity he got, and he declared early for the NFL Draft. Remember, he also did all of this while learning to play the position as a former high school QB.
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At just 5’10” and 195 lbs., Moore certainly doesn’t profile as a true X receiver in the NFL. However, his athletic testing of him suggests that what he lacks in size, he should be able to make up for with athleticism. Moore’s 4.41 40-yard dash ranked in the 82nd percentile, but his weight adjusted speed score ranked in the 60th percentile according to PlayerProfiler.com.
At the Combine, Moore’s hands also measured at 10.25″, which is in the 97th percentile according to PFF. In the fantasy community, we often mock hand size as a measurement but for a WR like Moore, reliability is the name of the game. In his three-year career, he has caught 170 of 247 targets, good for a 69% catch rate.
All in all, Moore may get pigeon holed into being a slot WR in the NFL due to his lack of height, but by no means is he small. At 195 lbs., Moore is compact and strong with the ball in his hands, which helps him excel in yards after the catch and helps him break tackles…more on that soon.
What’s on Tape
Gamesviewed: Pitt (2021), Kent State (2021), San Jose State (20201), Northern Illinois (2021), EMU (2021), Ball State (2020)
1. Skyy Moore is a savvy route runner who knows how to create leverage at the top of his route to create separation.
Moore made corners in the MAC look silly on tape. He knows exactly how to stack his corner of it at the top of his route to create leverage and separation. This was particularly noticeable on slants and out patterns as seen in this TD reception below.
2. Moore can win all over the field as a versatile wide receiver.
At just 5’10”, it’s possible Moore may only get slot snaps in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play on the outside. Moore played 69.5% of his snaps on the outside last year and averaged 3.11 yards per route when lined up on the perimeter per PFF. He was even better when he ran his routes from the slot, averaging 3.93 yards per route run.
3. Skyy Moore can win in contested catch situations in a variety of ways.
Moore is an attacking route runner who is quick off the line and sudden in his movements, which helps him create separation. However, when he does fail to create separation, he has really nice ball skills and can win in traffic, along the sideline or in contested catch situations. I love this play below. Moore creates two or three yards of separation, but the ball is a bit under-thrown. He demonstrates excellent body control and strong hands at the catch point to haul in the TD over the corner.
What’s Not on Tape
1. Difficult route concepts on deep targets.
Some may view this as a negative. Personally, I don’t. Moore ran a ton of his routes in the intermediate passing game, but maybe that’s just because he’s really good in those areas of the field. So long as Moore goes to a competent offensive coordinator and scheme, I’m happy to roster a WR like Moore even if he’s not necessarily a deep threat a la Jameson Williams.
Moore isn’t going to run past corners in the NFL, but he’s fast enough and agile enough to make things happen with the ball in his hands. He broke the most tackles in the FBS last season according to PFF and his ability to pick up yards after the catch is more of his calling card than top end speed.
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Skyy Moore looks like a very solid NFL prospect based on both his film and the underlying metrics. From an analytics perspective, Moore checks all the boxes – he declared early, produced early and dominated compared to his teammates. The only thing missing from his current profile of him is his NFL Draft capital, which we will learn in next week’s NFL Draft. According to GrindingTheMocks, Moore’s expected draft position is currently at 46.2, suggesting he’s likely to go in Round 2. However, there’s also an outside chance he sneaks into the back of Round 1. Either way, that top 2 round Draft capital will support Moore’s dynasty outlook just fine.
The only real concern with Moore is that he didn’t play against top tier competition in college, but as we’ve seen from multiple WRs in the NFL, that doesn’t mean he won’t become a productive fantasy option. Moore does lack elite speed and will give up some size to NFL corners, so that is another small knock on his overall ceiling from him. That said, Moore is an excellent route runner with strong hands who can pick up yards after the catch in bunches. These skills should help Moore develop into a reliable fantasy option for years to come.