5 NFL Teams That Should Draft LSU's Thaddeus Moss in the First Round

LSU Tigers tight end Thaddeus Moss in the CFP National Championship against Clemson
LSU Tigers tight end Thaddeus Moss in the CFP National Championship against Clemson | Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

One of the biggest individual winners from the LSU Tigers' championship season? Well, when it comes to improving NFL stock, look no further than tight end Thaddeus Moss, who emerged as one of the best blocking and receiving tight ends in the country after career games against Oklahoma and Clemson in the College Football Playoff. In a weak tight end draft that lacks a clear No. 1 at the position, the son of NFL legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss could very well be on the move to one of these five teams in the draft sooner rather than later should he choose to declare early.

5. Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron
Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron | Rob Leiter/Getty Images

The Colts have all but officially parted ways with Eric Ebron, who is likely to enter free agency after a poor season. Jack Doyle has proven he can play in this league, but the Colts need a second tight end (ideally with a much higher ceiling!) in order for Frank Reich's offense to operate at maximum efficiency. Moss gives them a blocker and pass catcher that could earn the majority of all available snaps as a rookie.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew | James Gilbert/Getty Images

Geoff Swaim, Josh Oliver, and Seth DeValve doesn't exactly make for the deepest of tight end rooms. Thanks to an extra first-round pick courtesy of the Los Angeles Rams, however, the Jacksonville Jaguars could bring Moss down to Duval. The Jags might have something at quarterback in young Gardner Minshew, and Moss could help take their passing offense to the next level due to his vertical ability as a receiver.

3. Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Dolphins have three first-round picks in this upcoming draft, and they could find themselves in possession of one of the best tight end tandems in the league if they can pair Moss with Mike Gesicki. Chan Gailey, known for his inability to make full use of his tight ends, needs to adapt to the modern NFL and develop one or two as vertical passing options. A QB like Tua Tagovailoa -- don't rule him out -- could have quite the passing attack with guys like Moss and DeVante Parker alongside him in Miami.

2. Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Jason Witten is done. Let's not sugarcoat this. He's done. His once-reliable hands started to waver, and his lack of elite athletic ability increasingly made him a forgotten man in Dallas' passing game. Some new blood in that tight end room is needed, and Moss' size and soft hands could make him Dak Prescott's favorite target in the red zone.

1. New England Patriots

Bill Belichick
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Rob Gronkowski's value to the Pats' offense was laid bare in the worst way during Tom Brady's forgettable 2019 season, as the lack of any production from that position really messed with New England's passing attack. Moss is a good enough blocker to stick as an in-line guy for the Patriots, and his speed down the field makes him a rough matchup for smaller linebackers or DBs to cover. Randy Moss was a star in New England, so why couldn't his son do the same?