- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 25, 2020

Several players in the 2020 NFL draft class were sons of former NFL players, including Michael Pittman Jr. and Antoine Winfield Jr. But none of them has the pedigree that Thaddeus Moss has.

Moss, an LSU tight end and the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, is signing with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent, vice president of player personnel Kyle Smith confirmed.

Moss caught 47 passes for 570 yards and four touchdowns in 2019, including two touchdowns in the Tigers’ national championship victory over Clemson. He played on a stacked team with Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow.

“He had a nice season, he has really nice hands and ball skills, he’s a tough kid that competes in the run game so those qualities when you’re signing priority free agents, you need to have two qualities that really stand out and those are it and that’s what we base stuff off of and we’re excited,” Smith said on a conference call. “Playing at LSU, big time football, big time season. It was really a no-brainer to sign him as a (UDFA).”

Moss measured in at 6-foot-2, 250 pounds at the NFL scouting combine. Some scouts had mid-round grades on the prospect, but he slipped, perhaps because of multiple foot injuries in recent years. He’s had two surgeries on his left foot, an injury that forced him to miss the 2018 college season - then was discovered to have a broken bone in his right foot during medical evaluations at the combine, for which he had surgery as well.

The Redskins did not draft a tight end this year, as many expected they would. The position is undergoing an overhaul in Washington: Jordan Reed was cut after missing all of 2019 with a lingering concussion, and Vernon Davis retired. The team added Richard Rodgers and Logan Thomas in free agency and also have Jeremy Sprinkle under contract.

Smith said he, coach Ron Rivera and the front office decision-makers preferred to let their draft board “speak to” them.

“We’re always going to have needs and positions of focus, but you don’t want to force it,” he said. “That’s when you start riding guys up the board and in my opinion, and in Coach’s opinion, you start making mistakes.”

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