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Here’s where Chiefs WR Skyy Moore ranks in the OROY poll

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Among the positions the Kansas City Chiefs had to address during the 2022 NFL draft was wide receiver.

After selling Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City replenished receiver space by signing JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. But the Chiefs had yet to add a young playmaker for a rookie deal to ensure the offense had a long-term plan for wideout that wouldn’t break the bank.

That’s why the defending AFC West champion drafted Skyy Moore for the 54th overall pick of this year’s draft. Moore can ignite Kansas City’s offense in a multitude of ways, and the newcomer claims he can even fill the role of Tyreek Hill, albeit with his own twist.

But how productive can we expect Moore to be in his rookie year? He’s productive enough to be named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, according to CBS Sports.

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CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso picked the nominees for the 2022 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year on May 19, and the No. 1 in his ranking was none other than Skyy Moore.

“I’ve been an admirer of Moore for months,” Trapasso wrote. “I fell in love with the qualities he displayed in the film and my rating system gave him an average first-round mark. Now he lands in Kansas City and Patrick Mahomes throws him the football on offense by Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy. How on earth could I turn my back on standing up for Moore now?”

The overall top 10 rankings are:

During the 2021 season, Moore accumulated 95 receptions for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns, according to Sports Reference. Although Moore played in the MAC, which isn’t the strongest competition college football has to offer, there’s a lot to like about Moore on tape, which was echoed by the draft analysts leading up to the draft.

“Moore is an undersized wideout (5-10, 195) with excellent speed, skill and route polish. He divided his time between queuing outside and in the slot for the WMU. He’s very sudden in his dismissal and doesn’t waste steps at the top of routes,” NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote of Moore, whom he ranked 44th in his Top 50 Prospects 3.0 ranking on March 28 placed.

“He attacks cornerback leverage and creates a lot of separation from the breakpoint. He has strong hands to attack the ball and he is very tough after catching. Moore bounces off tacklers with quick punches and jet sweeps. It has an excellent top speed when it comes into the open field. Overall, the lack of ideal size is Moore’s only blow. He would prove to be a dangerous playmaker very early in his career.”

While Moore still has a long way to go before he becomes a player of Tyreek Hill’s caliber, quarterback Patrick Mahomes was on Day 2 for Moore’s pick.

“Beat [Mahomes] was happy,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told NFL Network via Pro Football Talk on April 30 about when Kansas City had drafted Moore. “Pat called straight away and thanked Brett [Veach]. And he and I need to talk a little bit about how to break it in and get it working. So I know Pat is excited about it.”

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