Rahim Moore, S, UCLA Bruins
Rahim Moore has the hips of a top notch cornerback. It's rare to see a safety with the quickness and change of direction that Moore possesses. The fluidity in his movement allows him to cover a ton of ground. He plays the position like a centerfielder in baseball. He takes great angles so he can cover all of that landscape.
Rahim is a ball hawk that will make a quarterback pay for floating the ball. He has the ability to bait teams into throwing the ball up as many underestimate his awareness. He's the type of safety who plays from sideline to sideline and appears to elevate his game when there's a ball anywhere in the vicinity.
For everything Moore does exceptional in the passing game, he shows a flaw for in the running game. He has bad instincts against the run. Whether it's picking the wrong hole in an obvious situation or misreading a lead blocker and allowing the back to get further down field. When he has the back in his sights, he tends to go high on the runner and usually takes the blunt of the punishment.
Moore comes in at only 202 pounds. The lack of size could be the factor in his willingness to tackle the bigger receivers / ball carriers. He attacks the ball carrier a lot more physically if he's undersized. He shies away or has bad technique on the bigger athletes. Whoever drafts Moore would benefit by placing him with an in-the-box type safety. His next team would be wise to limit his role vs. the running game as much as possible.
Moore is a natural leader on the field and he doesn't miss game time. In his 3 years at UCLA he played in every game. He models his game after Ed Reed and that shows on tape, especially during the 2009 season when he had 10 interceptions.
Rahim only recorded 1 pick in 2010. The fall off in interceptions can be attributed to quarterbacks being more aware of his ability to get to the ball and coaches setting up game plans to go away from Moore.
Potential NFL Team, Round
Reed benefited from a tremendous performance at the NFL Scouting Combine. Not many people really knew who he was before the Combine, which may be attributed to playing at a school known more for its basketball program than its football program like Arizona, although the Wildcats have been players in the Pac-10 the last two seasons. His draft stock shot up quickly and he's now a fringe first round prospect who could hear his name called anywhere from the bottom of the first to the middle of the second.
The New England Patriots, with the 17th, 28th and 33rd overall selections, may take a look at Reed as a pass rusher, while the New York Jets could take a look with the 29th overall selection. Both of these teams run 3-4 defenses, though, where Reed would likely be used as an outside linebacker. Teams will also look at him as a 4-3 end, so a team that runs the 4-3 alignment like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20th), New Orleans Saints (24th) or Atlanta Falcons (27th) may give him a look as well, or several teams at the top of the second round may consider his services like the Cincinnati Bengals (35th), Denver Broncos (36th) and Cleveland Browns (37th). The Washington Redskins (41st), who run a 3-4 defense, may be looking to add a rush linebacker, too.
Jayson Braddock is an NFL Scout / NFL Writer & NFL On-Air Personality. Jayson is also a football insider for the Dylan Gwinn show on 790 AM in Houston, TX - Listeners NOT in the Houston metropolitan area can hear Jayson on iheart radio or sports7910.com. You may email Jayson directly @ [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @ JaysonBraddock
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