Skyy Moore didn’t have any Power 5 offers out of Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, but he bet on himself in choosing Western Michigan over Howard, Rice and Robert Morris. And now he’s one of the top wide receivers selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.
With the 54th selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Moore — adding him to a wide receiving corps that’s looking for answers after the loss of Tyreek Hill.
Western Michigan had two players selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge (56th pick to Seattle) and tackle Jaylon Moore (155th pick to San Francisco), and Corey Davis was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the fifth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
As a true freshman in 2019, Moore caught 51 balls for 802 yards and three touchdowns. Despite a COVID-19 shortened 2020 season, he caught 25 balls for 388 yards and three touchdowns in just five games as a sophomore.
Moore broke out in 2021, leading Western Michigan with 95 receptions for 1,292 yards — good for 10th and 14th, respectively, in college football — and added 10 touchdown receptions. With a chance to get back at hometown Pitt, a school that did not offer Moore out of Shady Side, he recorded 124 yards and a touchdown on 11 receptions to hand the Panthers a shocking upset loss.
In three seasons with Western Michigan, Moore racked up 171 receptions for 2,482 yards and 16 touchdowns — averaging 14.5 yards per reception. Moore was one of the highest-graded wide receivers in college football in 2021, according to Pro Football Focus, and he was able to work outside (65 percent) and inside (35 percent).
With a 5-foot-10, 195-pound frame, Moore isn’t the biggest wide receiver out there, but he has strong hands, sharp route running and excellent speed — racking up yards after catch.
With Hill off to the Miami Dolphins, Moore joins a wide receiving corps that features JuJu Smith-Schuster, Mecole Hardman and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Moore is a wide receiver with the right blend of speed, skill and ability to really thrive with a quarterback like Patrick Mahomes.