NFL Draft Interview: Wisconsin's John Moffitt Eager To Compete at Senior Bowl
Wisconsin OG/OC John Moffitt is here in Mobile, AL at the 2011 Senior Bowl—the premier All-Star game before top players head to the combine. Most players, especially linemen, need to impress in Mobile if they want to earn money in New York.
Moffitt went to college football's current "Lineman U." The University of Wisconsin in Madison has turned out a bunch of linemen in recent years, all of whom had great college careers blocking for mediocre running backs. A few thousand-yard Badger rushers owe a great deal of their success to Moffitt.
In Mobile, Moffitt is just glad to be back to football. He explained that playing against Texas Christian in the Rose Bowl was a great experience, but that three weeks off from football is brutal for a guy like him.
"You have to play this sport every day if you want to be good," he said.
In the Rose Bowl, Moffitt said the big plan was to cut off the speed of the TCU backers and not let them flow over from the weak side. He explained that the key to Wisconsin's loss was the inability to do that in the first half.
At the Senior Bowl, Moffitt has looked solid at both left guard and center, but is hoping to work out at right guard and right tackle as well. Right now? He's just playing where the coaches are asking him to, and looking good doing it.
During the first day, he had a couple of epic battles with Oregon State tackle Stephen Paea, and said he looked forward to going against him and the other top talent the rest of the week. Sadly, Paea was no where to be seen on day two. Moffitt continued to impress against Notre Dame's Ian Williams and Iowa's Christian Ballard.
Moffitt has a chance to be one of the top interior linemen of the board in the mid rounds of the draft. He'll have plenty of chances to affect his own draft stock in the next few months, but scouts expect him off the board in the late third or early fourth round.
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