2011 NFL Draft: Rahim Moore Talks About His Hopes to Hear His Name Called Today

Eric Galko@OptimumScoutingFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2011

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Rahim Moore #3 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates an interception against the Tennessee Volunteers on September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. UCLA beat Tennessee 19-15. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Rahim Moore of UCLA, probably this draft's top safety and likely the first one off the board, has yet to be drafted and remains in New York City unsure about where he'll end up today in the draft.

I got a chance to talk with Rahim and find out what he's hoping for today, some things he's expected, and what he can bring to the team that drafts him.

I asked about what teams were looking for when they brought him to their facilities and worked him out privately.

"Each trip, including the Cowboys, they just wanted to see what I could bring to their teams. They asked if I'd be a good locker room (guy) and what I can bring to the table."

Finding a niche for a secondary player is no easy task, as many of them may be out of their element a bit as they make the transition from being college playmakers to fitting into a role in the NFL. I asked Rahim where he thinks he can fit.

"I think if you're a free safety, you should be to be able play both strong safety and cornerback. I feel I can bring great range, route recognition, when to bait quarterbacks and when to disguise. And, I love special teams. In high school I was a punter and a kicker."

Moore dreamed big when I asked about who he hopes to emulate as far as being an NFL player, as well as who he's looking forward to matching up against.

"I love watching Ed Reed. I've seen him make some plays against Florida State and knew I wanted to be like him."

"Randy Moss, Andre Johnson, DeSean Jackson, and Roddy White are guys I'm looking forward to playing against. Also, I'm a big fan of Terrell Owens and his work ethic. I'll play him tough in the game, but I'd be happy to shake his hand afterwards if we ever play against each other."

As to where he could end up, Rahim obviously isn't sure. But besides that tidbit that the Cowboys have shown extra interest, he also threw in another team that could make a play for him if he falls a bit on draft day.

"I would love to go to the Jets, and Rex Ryan's scheme is what I need."

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