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Dylan Moses NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Jacksonville Jaguars LB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 2, 2021

Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses (32) plays against Notre Dame during the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. In a recent Instagram post, Moses detailed his struggles with physical problems “fighting through pain every single game” and disclosed his grandmother's death. “It’s been times I wanted to quit and times I wanted to walk away from my dreams,” he posted. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
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HEIGHT: 6'1 1/4"

WEIGHT: 225

     

POSITIVES

—Pre-knee injury film is some of the best in the class.

—Athleticism in 2017 and 2018 was a premium trait, but he did not test in 2020 after missing 2019 because of a knee injury.

—Projects as a run-and-chase Will linebacker with his foot speed.

—Consistent near-foot tackler.

—Does not shy away from contact, he invites it.

—Played multiple linebacker roles in an advanced defense.

     

NEGATIVES

—A knee injury cost him his 2019 season and 2021 pre-draft cycle, on top of a foot injury that kept him out of a playoff game as a freshman.

—Handsy in coverage and could be responsible for penalties as a professional.

—Lost athleticism post-knee injury, which could make or break his career.

—At times can read plays a tick slower than your average NFL linebacker.

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2020 STATISTICS

76 TKL, 6 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FF

     

NOTES

—Father played college football at Northwestern State, now a part of the FCS.

—Moses ran a reported 4.46 as a 14-year old and had a college scholarship offer by the eighth grade.

—Suffered an ACL injury in 2019 that kept him off the field for a year, and he has not looked physically the same since the injury.

     

OVERALL

Coming off of his 2018 season, Dylan Moses looked like the next first-round Alabama linebacker in the Saban era. After an ACL injury cost him his 2019 season, Moses returned to the field in 2020 visibly different than the super athlete we had seen in the previous two years, the one who earned college scholarships while he was still in middle school.

Moses underwent another procedure on his knee this offseason, which is what kept him from participating in a traditional pre-draft process, but his evaluation hinges on how he heals from his knee issue and if he can bounce back to his prior performance. With a full recovery, Moses could be one of the draft’s steals as a Will linebacker, as he was on the trajectory of being one of the next Alabama greats before 2019.

     

GRADE: 7.62/10 (Round 3)

OVERALL RANK: 73/300

POSITION RANK: LB6

PRO COMPARISON: Patrick Queen

     

Written by B/R NFL Scout Justis Mosqueda

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