Chiefs go on offense in second round of draft by catching WR Skyy Moore – Chiefs Digest

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs added another weapon to their wide receiver group in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night, but rather than go for a bigger target for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the club has picked up 5-foot-9 Skyy Moore from Western Michigan.

Ultimately, it was Moore’s football IQ and tenacity that propelled him to the top of the Chiefs’ receiving group, according to assistant general manager Mike Borgonzi.

“The one thing that stands out with this kid is that he’s smart,” Borgonzi said. “If you watch this kid in a movie, he’s not the biggest but he’s fearless in the middle. Reliable, for a smaller guy, he really goes up and gets the ball. We feel really good to have him embedded in this offence.

Moore’s selection follows a trade with the New England Patriots. The club sent the No. 50 overall pick in the second round to the Patriots in exchange for the No. 54 pick, which the club used on Moore. The Chiefs also acquired a fifth-round selection from New England (No. 158 overall).

Moore is shaping up to be an NFL slot catcher with the tenacity and hand to make tough catches in mid-traffic. He was also a deep threat at Western Michigan, averaging 14.5 yards per reception. He posted a career-high 95 catches for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns as an All-MAC receiver last year before choosing to forfeit his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

Moore’s size and style of play will like to draw comparisons to De’Anthony Thomas, the elusive 5-foot-8, 176-pound carry and receiver who spent six seasons with the Chiefs from 2014 to 2019. But then that Thomas mainly played running Back at Oregon in college, the 195-pound Moore made the transition from running back to receiver as a college freshman and is entering the league with a much more complete and refined curriculum vitae as a receiver.

“I think Sky is probably at this point – even if it’s only his third season as a wide receiver – more of an accurate road runner,” Borgonzi said of the Thomas-Moore comparison. “Everything he does is very detailed in his routes. But the size and speed are very comparable, and he’s explosive. For a little guy, he can really get up and get the ball back.

And just as special teams coordinator Dave Toub has often touted Thomas as the team’s toughest player ‘pound for pound’, Moore also earns praise for his physique. He credits growing up in the “Steel City” for sharpening his edge.

“Honestly, I feel like it’s from my town, I just grew up in the Pittsburgh neighborhoods, we’re a blue collar town. That’s all I knew. It was never nothing else, so I really attribute that to the city I’m from.

NFL draft analyst Dane Brugler of The Athletic echoes Borgonzi’s thoughts on his route, adding that Moore is a reliable passer due to his “big, sticky hands and quick-reacting ball skills.” .

“Although he is not an explosive YAC (yards after catch) threat, he has natural instincts with the ball in his hands and makes it a chore for defenders to put him down,” Brugler wrote. “Overall, Moore might struggle to create significant passing windows from NFL coverage, but he has exceptional hands and reflexes with the detail-oriented mindset to become a threat at three levels.

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