Big, athletic, nimble and tough.
These are the qualities that a team wants in a left or right tackle, and Virginia's Morgan Moses has them.
He is listed at 6'6", 325 pounds and possesses the skill set needed to protect the quarterback's blind side despite spending most of his career at Virginia at right tackle.
He's already impressing people at the Senior Bowl, including Rob Rang of CBSSports.com, who said this about Moses' performance:
Alternately lining up at left and right tackle for the South team, the 6-foot-6, 325 pound behemoth showcased the length, quickness and balance to handle speed rushers like Auburn's Dee Ford (6-foot-2, 243 pounds) and Arkansas' Chris Smith (6-foot-1, 266 pounds), as well as powerful defenders like his former teammate, 6-foot-6, 298-pound defensive end Brent Urban.
Individual pass-rush drills favor the defensive players but other than one exception in which Ford beat Moses with a quick jab-step inside and explosive burst to his right, Moses handled left tackle duties well. When moved back to the right side, Moses also performed admirably, burying Urban with an emphatic pancake block that drew gasps from scouts in the stands.
According to Rang, Moses didn't just impress in individual drills either, as his performance continued during the scrimmage:
Best of all, Moses' strong play continued into the scrimmages run by the Jacksonville Jaguars' coaching staff. One particular three-play sequence against the defenders in the South team's red jerseys showcased Morgan's pro-readiness:
On "first down" Moses handled a speed rush from Ford to give his quarterback enough time to complete a quick swing pass to the right.
The next play was a run to the right for solid gain. Moses did not supply a block at the point of attack on the play, instead releasing to run approximately 20 yards downfield to force adjustments from a linebacker and safety. The quickness off the ball, fluidity and straight-line speed Moses used to part the defense was every bit as impressive as the pancake block he'd delivered on Urban during the earlier one-on-one drill.
Appropriately enough, it was Urban who lined up opposite Moses on the next play. Attacking Moses with a strong bull rush that had beaten several other South team blockers throughout the day, Urban instead was stopped in his tracks due to a strong anchor and good core flexibility from the left tackle.
It will be fun to see how Moses performs on Saturday against the South's pass rush, which contains many top line prospects. He could wind up playing himself into Round 1 if his performance impresses as much as his practices have.