April 10, 2016
14.) Thadeous Moss – NC State, TE, NC, 6’3” 240–pounds
Moss was a composite 3 star and the #18 TE overall.
Rivals: 4 – Star; ESPN: 4 – Star; Scout: 3 – Star; 24/7 Sports: 3 – Star
Yes, Thadeous is the son of Randy Moss. He’s also a versatile TE that can line up wide as a flanker.
His versatility fits well with what the Wolf Pack offense likes to do. NC State loves hybrid skill position players, like H-Back Jaylen Samuels in Dave Dorean’s tempo based offense. Moss is one of the most athletically gifted players on NC State’s roster, and last season’s starting TE David Grinnage surprisingly declared for the 2016 NFL draft after amassing a mere 25 catches for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns. Enter Moss, a big physical TE that can line up wide, motion in and out of the slot, block on the interior line as well as destroy destroy defensive backs down field.
The only knock on Moss is that he sometimes seemed disinterested at times during games. I don’t think that is the general case for Moss’s focus or tenacity, just a product of Mallard Creek getting up big on lesser opponents. Another knock, which I find unfair, comes from lazy analyst who have labeled Moss as a “receiving TE” that doesn’t like to get his hat on defenders which I find to be patently false. Moss is a complete tight end that will see early playing time in an offense that puts a premium on the position. Look for Moss to see plenty of burn this season and emerge as one of the more productive players from the 2016 ACC recruiting class.