Is Morgan Moses worth a 1st Round Pick

Going into the Senior Bowl I had purposely not watched any offensive lineman because I wanted to get a first hand look at these guys. It’s easy to see why anyone who watches Morgan Moses comes away unimpressed, but not for the reasons that really matter. Moses isn’t a guy that’s going to jump off the tape. His pass pro sets aren’t a thing of beauty, and he isn’t going to maul you in the run game. You know what Moses does do? He wins. That’s all you can ask for.

Where He’ll Excel at in the NFL

  • Powerful Punch
  • Getting Depth in his pass sets/protecting his inside

As I stated above, there’s not much that jumps out when you watch Moses, he just gets the job done. I believe he only allowed 2 sacks on the season, and 1 wasn’t really on him. You can certainly see the power in his hands. He get’s a good initial pop on defenders, whether it’s in pass protection or he’s down blocking on running plays.

Moses does a good job of getting depth in the passing game. He doesn’t have outstanding foot speed, but just seemingly takes the proper angle and uses his 34 in arms to his advantage. He was excellent against some of the better speed rushers in college football in ’13. What makes that so impressive is that Moses also held the edge, without conceding the inside. He was able to not overset towards the outside. There were times where the DE would try and hit Moses with a hard inside step and he was able to either redirect or mirror them.

Moses does a good job at getting to the second level. He’s by no means a plus athlete at the position, but again, understands angles and where his assignment is. He also showed that he plays through the whistle and was able to lock on defenders and finish blocks. For someone who’s not as gifted as other lineman in the class, Moses was incredibly effective in every game.

Where He’ll Struggle

  • Playing too High
  • Unknown against the Run
  • Liability in Space

The biggest issue is that Moses is in large part a player that bends at the waist. He often plays upright, which at the next level could get him into trouble. You wonder if NFL players will be able to walk him back into the QB with a bull-rush, or get him off balance with counter moves and beat him with leverage. It’s something he’ll have to fix at the next level.

Moses was good in college at down blocking, but I’m not sold on him in the running game. I don’t know if his strength translates. Virginia was always down and didn’t really feature many pro style type runs, leaving Moses’ ability to block against the run in question. What Virginia did do was run screens. A lot of them. This sort of exposed Moses as a player who doesn’t operate that well in space. His lack of athleticism was exposed as once he got moving, he wasn’t able to stop and adjust to the targets. Sometimes when he did get to the second level, he had a hard time finding his assignment or getting a hat on a defender.

Grade/Final Thought

Multiple Pro Bowl Player, Top 10   8.5 – 9.0
Highly Productive Starter, 1st Round   8.0 – 8.4
Very Good Starter, Early 2nd Round   7.8 – 7.9
Reliable Starter, 2nd Round   7.5 – 7.7
Potential Starter in Year 2, 3rd Round   7.0 – 7.4
Backup/Spot Starter, 4th Round   6.5 – 6.9
Productive Backup, 5th Round   6.0 – 6.4
Very Good Backup/STs, 6th Round   5.5 – 5.9
Quality Backup/Good STs, 7th Round   5.0 – 5.4
Backup/STs/Project Player, 7th Round   4.5 – 4.9
Priority Free Agent w/ Limitations   4.0 – 4.4
Non-Draftable     < 4.0 

 

Trait Weight Grade
Run Block 4 3.5
Pass Block 4 3.9
Technique 2.5 2.3
Strength 2.5 2.2
Awareness 2 1.7
Change of Direction 2 1.7
Flexibility 2 1.5
Quickness 2 1.6
Size 2 2
Length 2 2

Moses grades out to a 8.06. A fringe 1st round talent that. The issue for him is bending with consistency. This will cause him problems in pass protection against bull rushers as well as in the run game to generate power. But his technique, hand placement, and ability to win is what you look for in a tackle. I’d have no issue taking him in the 1st round and he’s likely a top 5 tackle in this class. Not flashy, but effective.