Scouting the OTs: Morgan Moses, Virginia

moses1The look at offensive tackles for the 2014 NFL Draft continues, with this evaluation focusing on yet another experienced senior blindside protector.

Having started a total of 43 games for the Virginia Cavaliers, Morgan Moses has lined up at both left and right tackle, along with a few starts at guard mixed in.  This past season, he lined up on the left side for all of Virginia’s 12 contests and ended the season as a 3rd Team All-ACC selection.  Virginia enjoyed their first 1,000 yard rusher since 2004, with a lot of credit going to Moses and the stability he provided up front.

Let’s take a look at Morgan Moses and his projection for the NFL and the 2014 NFL Draft.

NAME:          Morgan Moses
Position:        Offensive Tackle
Height:           6’6″
Weight:          330lbs

Strengths:          Size, Length, Experience
Weaknesses:     Quickness, Feet, Athletic Ability

Morgan Moses is a big, long and tall offensive tackle who presents with long, lean legs and a well-proportioned upper body…Moses is a player who possesses good strength, showing the ability to create a jolt on contact at the POA…Packs a powerful punch; able to stun the defender when he uncoils his hands in pass protection…While he labors at times, Moses possesses enough length and adequate quickness to be effective in pass protection; His plus length allows him to recover versus faster defensive linemen…An average athlete who makes a commendable effort to get the the 2nd level and spring the runner free…Moses is an asset in the run game, locking onto the defender and chopping his feet through contact…Better in-line blocker due to size and natural strength.

Moses is a bit of a waist bender who tends to lunge at the defender when he’s beat to the edge…Not much sand in the pants; concerns as to how well he can hold up versus NFL bull rush…Lacks top-tier feet for the position; His kick-slide is average at best…Labors in his shuffle at times; Plays with too wide of a base and possesses below average change of direction skills…Not the most coordinated athlete; struggles to locate and complete assignments on the second level and in space.

On the next level, Morgan Moses will provide enough natural talent and technique to project as a potential starter at the right tackle position.  His limited athletic ability makes it unlikely that he’ll line-up on the left side, and he is a tad too big for my taste to be an interior player (OG.)  Heading into the season, I wasn’t a very big fan of Moses.  I thought he was too robotic and simply lacked the requisite athletic ability to be anything more than a backup in the NFL.  However, his 2013 film was much better, as Moses appears to have gotten a tick quicker and stronger than his previous years’ film showed.  While I’m still concerned by the fact that Moses is a limited athlete, I think his improved 2013 film suggests that he will be a Day 2 selection with a chance to start early in his career.

GRADE:  7.3 (late-2nd, early-3rd)

2 comments for “Scouting the OTs: Morgan Moses, Virginia

  1. April 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Moses was lucky to get selected as a third team All ACC. Just watch the game film from where UVA lost to Duke a few years ago at Duke. A skinny undersized Duke player with long hair dominated Moses the entire game. Moses can block speed and quickness , that is why he will really struggle in the NFL where speed and quickness is every play of every game

    • April 27, 2014 at 11:43 am

      I meant to type Moses CANT block speed and quickness. I believe even the 5th or 6th round is a stretch.

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