Rodgers to Moss?
By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider.com senior editor
~Favre to Moss was an “almost”.
Starting in 1998 when Randy was available in the draft, and in 2007 when Brett Favre almost had Ted Thompson bringing Moss in from Oakland, it was a “what might have been”.
Well now, “Rodgers to Moss” is a definite possibility as the Packers have won the battle to sign Dale Moss.
Who the hell is Dale Moss, you wonder?
That is a good question, and it’s a similar question to what Giant fans were asking about an undrafted wide receiver named Victor Cruz, a few years ago. Also it’s a similar question to what Charger fans were asking about another former college basketball player, Antonio Gates. Those two guys turned out pretty good.
Dale Moss might never catch an NFL touchdown pass. But then again, he might turn out to be an NFL stud. He has the size, speed, and skills.
Moss, from South Dakota State, will be a player to watch in Packers camp. A four-year basketball player for the Jackrabbits, Moss used his extra year of eligibility to play football. He wound up leading South Dakota State in catches, yards, and touchdowns in 2011.
Moss is 6-foot-3, 213 and ran a 4.52 at the South Dakota Pro Day. More impressive were Moss’ explosive, 10-foot-10 broad jump, 41 1/2-inch vertical, and 4.13 short shuttle.
He was not invited to the NFL Combine due to a lack of experience and name recognition, but those numbers would have brought a buzz to the house that Peyton built there in Indy.
Many experts expected Moss to be drafted in one of the latter rounds, but nobody did. Instead, a dozen or so teams tried to sign him as an undrafted free agent. This is the same route that got the above mentioned guys (Gates, Cruz) into the NFL, as well as guys like Jimmy Graham, James Harrison, Kurt Warner, Tramon Williams, and Sam Shields. There’s plenty of talent out there that goes undrafted.
“I had a flood of teams contacting my agent,” Moss said. “I just felt like Green Bay was going to be my best situation.”
The Packers didn’t draft any receivers, but that position is loaded. In fact, two of last year’s practice squad receivers, Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel, turned down chances to sign with other teams in order to remain with the Packers on their practice squad. Both are contenders to make the roster this season, but Donald Driver, James Jones, and Randall Cobb are the 3rd-5th WR’s and there’s no room really for anyone else.
Moss is trying to follow the path of guys like Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham. All have succeeded in the NFL after playing as much or more college basketball than football.
Who knows what will happen with Moss. But I still remember a funny little guy with chicken legs being drafted with the 213rd pick in the 1999 Draft out of Alcorn State. His name was Donald Driver. Who knew then that the guy would not only make the team, but end up becoming the Packers all-time leading receiver?