A little less than 22 years ago. . .yeah, that long. . .the Minnesota Vikings used the 21st pick in the 1998 NFL Draft on Marshall University wide receiver Randy Moss. Moss went on to have an outstanding NFL career, culminating with his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
Today, the next generation started what will hopefully be a similar path.
Thaddeus Moss, Randy’s son and a member of the NCAA FBS Champions Louisiana State Tigers, announced on Friday that he is declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft this April.
The younger Moss, who played tight end for the Tigers, began his career at North Carolina State, but transferred to Louisiana State after his freshman year. He sat out the 2017 season because of transfer rules, and received a medical redshirt for a foot injury in 2018, but made his presence felt in a big way in 2019.
Moss set LSU records for both receptions (38) and receiving yards (570) for the tight end position, and also scored four touchdowns. In the Tigers’ National Championship win over Clemson, Moss had five catches for 36 yards and a pair of scores.
With the class at tight end in this year’s draft not highly regarded, it certainly seems like the best move for the 6’3”, 250-pound Moss to declare to come out this year. Most of the prospect rankings from the experts haven’t been adjusted to account for him declaring yet, but he’s likely going to find himself at or near the top of the list on those charts.
Congratulations to Thaddeus Moss on taking the next step towards and NFL career!
And, yes. . .we’re all getting old. This is your every-so-often reminder of that.