NFL Draft 2011: Evaluating Rahim Moore as the 45th Overall Pick

Vaden ChandlerCorrespondent IApril 29, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: Defensive back Rahim Moore #35 of UCLA works out during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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"I woke up and I just knew I should be a Denver Bronco, I felt it."

Those were the words tweeted by Rahim Moore in reaction to the news that he had just been drafted 45th overall in the 2nd round by the Denver Broncos. 

Once again, I have to say that this was a good choice by the Denver Broncos. Once again, though, a lot of individuals might wonder just what Rahim Moore of UCLA will bring to the table. 

First of all, Rahim Moore is, in my opinion, a speedster capable of making the needed big play to spark the whole entire team. During his college football career he was able to make his 14th career interception, and is tied for fourth on the UCLA all-time list. When asked about his abilities around the football, he responded with the following:

"I catch a lot of baseballs or golf balls. The football becomes a lot bigger. There are 22 guys that want that ball. My whole mentality is about getting that ball. You have to know when to be aggressive and when to let them come to you." 

Secondly, one of the reasons that this is probably a good choice for the Denver Broncos is because of his versatility. During his high school career at Dorsey in Los Angeles, he was able to letter for four years in football and track, and he played the positions of both defensive back and wide receiver.

Third, he is just simply an all-around good athlete as implied previously in this article. The scouting report from Scouts, Inc. has been impressed with a variety of characteristics, including his "durability, intangibles, and production" and has noted in his profile that he is "aggressive when the ball is in the air, will go up and contest, and he consistently high points it the ball. He has great hand-eye coordination and strong hands."

Finally, much like Von Miller he is simply a high-character individual as well. Rahim Moore has a deep spiritual faith, as noted in his pregame practices. 

"I always pray over the locker room and my teammates," he said. "I listen to music, some R&B and rap...Then getting ready for the game, I listen to gospel music. That's it. I spend my whole time before the game with the gospel music. It calms my mind down." 

Rahim Moore is another good pick for the Denver Broncos, and with a little bit of seasoning a lot of Broncos fans can be confident that he will strike fear in many an opposing quarterback or running back.


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