LSU had a record-tying 14 players selected in the 2020 NFL draft, but there was at least one notable figure missing from that group.
Tight end Thaddeus Moss, the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, was not taken and instead signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent.
"Ultimately all I could ask for is the opportunity, but it was definitely a slap in the face," Moss said in a video news conference with reporters Wednesday. "I put a lot of work in, years of football. We (LSU) went undefeated and won a national championship. I played my best ball in our biggest games, so I definitely felt like it was a slap in the face not getting drafted, having kickers and punters and special teams guys get picked over me. I definitely felt some type of way over it.
"But it's no difference. I've always had to prove myself my whole life. Having the last name that I've had, I've had to prove everybody else wrong, or prove myself right."
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In his lone year of action at LSU after transferring from North Carolina State and redshirting in 2018, Moss recorded 47 catches for 570 yards and four touchdowns. He notched nine catches for 135 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers' two College Football Playoff victories.
At the NFL scouting combine in February, however, Moss measured in at just 6-2 and 250 pounds. He was one of several LSU players who opted not to participate in drills after a lengthy season, and medical examinations revealed that he has a fracture in his right foot that would require surgery.
Twelve tight ends — including LSU teammate Stephen Sullivan — were selected in the NFL draft, but Moss was not among them.
Before signing with the Redskins, Moss said he received interest from the Cincinnati Bengals, who picked LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick, and the New England Patriots, for whom his father played nearly three-and-a-half seasons. But Moss said he decided to sign with the Redskins because they were the first team to reach out to him.
As he tries to catch on with the Redskins in coach Ron Rivera's first year with the organization, Moss is looking to forge his own path in the pros.
"I don't get tired of the questions, I'm just tired of the comparisons," Moss said of being tied to his father's career. "Everybody keeps mentioning my father, his last name. The identity I want to make is my own identity. I look forward to getting out there, making a name for myself and just working for everything."
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