No. 3: Skyy Moore, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
The first couple of players on this list were highly touted prospects. Pretty much no matter where they landed they were going to have a shot at being in the conversation for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Skyy Moore on the other hand fell into the perfect situation to be a dark horse for the award.
The Chiefs lost both Tyreek Hill and Byron Pringle this offseason, two receivers who had the speedy skillset to burn defensive backs and let Patrick Mahomes sling it downfield. Kansas City went and replaced those two with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. No offense to those two, but they aren’t burners.
Mecole Hardman has been in Chiefs’ system and will likely get the first crack, but he’s struggled to live up to expectations in past season. This could open the door for Moore to step in and make a big impact early.
Moore ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and while he might not be the burner that Hill or Pringle provided, he has the skillset to step into the slot role well in Kansas City. Of the five players on this list, Moore will have to make the most of his opportunities to make this list at the end of the season.
Someone has to catch all the receptions left behind by Hill. The free agent additions could rise to the occasion, but don’t be surprised to see Moore cut out a nice chunk of those chances and slide under the radar as one of the better rookies in 2022.