Morgan Moses, LT, Virginia (HT: 6'6", WT: 314 lbs)
Third Round: 66th Pick
NFL Comparison: Cordy Glenn, LT, Buffalo Bills
- Huge player with a hulking body.
- Boasts an octopus-like seven-foot wingspan.
- Clearly possesses terrific range and reaching ability.
- Very strong and naturally fluid attacking the play-side end in outside-zone and stretch principles within Virginia's zone-blocking scheme.
- Doesn't "latch on and drive" with raw power in the run game; rather, he seems to latch on and "get opponents moving" with finesse and instincts.
- Depth and technique of kick slide is choppy and machine-like, but very consistent.
- Overall footwork is above-average on most snaps.
- Faced off against a true outside speed-rush threat in Auburn's Dee Ford during Senior Bowl practices and more than held his own.
- Started for two seasons at right tackle before moving to the left side, proving versatility to at least provide swing-tackle depth at the NFL level.
- Averaged eight knockdowns per game through the 2013 season.
- Registered the 11th-best broad jump of all offensive line participants at the combine.
- Appears stiff.
- Does not always maintain proper leverage and control through engagement in the run game.
- Will let more agile players slide off after first contact.
- Wastes motion with a quirky set-up step on occasion when run-blocking.
- In many instances, he fails to even make contact with his assigned defender on the back side of inside-zone concepts.
- Can appear balky and knee-locked versus certain pass-rush conversions.
- Has a tendency to stand too tall and lacks bend which affects balance.
- Still a work in progress overall as a run-blocking tackle.
- Does not play with anywhere near the power, motor or leg drive evaluators would expect out of a prospect of his size and build at this stage.
- Displayed a weakness for letting defenders get in his head at least once during 2013 against Virginia Tech, when he was almost ejected for retaliating blatantly when baited after the whistle.
- Can appear gassed late in games or during prolonged offensive drives.
- Only nine offensive linemen ran slower 40-yard dashes at the 2014 combine.
- Did not participate in the bench press in Indianapolis and also registered the worst vertical leap measurement of any offensive lineman in attendance.
- Gave the third-worst performance of all offensive linemen at the combine in the short shuttle.
- Elected to return for his senior year at Virginia to get his degree in anthropology.
- Played at prep school for one year before qualifying to enroll at Virginia.
- In his first college season, he earned the Z Society's Dudley Award, a first-year player award at Virginia which recognizes excellence not only on the field, but also in the classroom and charitable endeavors.
Moses is poised to be selected in or near the top five-to-seven tackle picks in the 2014 NFL draft for two reasons. They so happen to be the two categories in the grading chart above where he truly shines—size and feet, two attributes that cannot be taught.
NFL talent evaluators will always say that athleticism starts in the feet. Moses has good agility, though his hips are not on the same level of athleticism as his footwork, but no evaluator can deny that he is a prospect with tremendous upside. Moses looks like he will be able to carry up to 340 or 345 pounds without losing the finesse and glide that defined his game through college. These athletes are called "prospects" for a reason. There are no "sure things" in the NFL draft, and every pick will have at least some small essence of "gamble" to it. Moses is a 330-pound dancing bear with a greater wingspan than star NBA power forward Kevin Love. Those sorts of measurables don't last on the board too long in most cases.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round