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After running a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine last week, Western Michigan wide receiver Skyy Moore's draft stock continues to rise. Moore was initially deemed as a third-round prospect and he's now being discussed as a second-round pick in a deep wide receiver class.
In three seasons at Western Michigan, Moore had 171 receptions for 2,482 yards (14.5 average) and 16 touchdowns. In 2021, Moore had a breakout season with 95 receptions for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns. In Western Michigan's upset win over Pitt this past season, Moore had 11 receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown.
Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports thinks Moore is this year's sleeper receiver prospect with first-round talent. And no coach in the NFL has been watching Moore as long as Mike Tomlin, as Moore played on the same team as his son, Dino, at Shady Side Academy. Moore was a quarterback then and Dino was his receiver.
"Those are my guys," Moore said at the Combine about the Tomlin family via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "My best friend in high school. We grew together.”
With growing up in the Pittsburgh area during the height of Antonio Brown's career, Moore said Brown was an inspiration for him.
“When I was in high school, I tried to emulate his work ethic," Moore said. "No matter what you say about AB, you can’t take away the work he puts into the game.”
Moore also revealed that he met with the Steelers at the Combine. JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud are all set to become free agents in a few weeks. And it wouldn't be surprising at all if Washington and Smith-Schuster leave. So, Moore certainly could be in play in the second round for the Steelers. It doesn't hurt that he has a connection with Tomlin, either.
“It’s a storybook ending if I land with the Steelers," Moore said. "But I’m also open to any other team."