Friday, May 2, 2014
Ravens draft primer: Morgan Moses
By Jamison Hensley
With six days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:
Position: Offensive tackle
Height/weight: 6-foot-6, 314 pounds
Round projection: First
File this away: Moses enrolled at Virginia weighing 350 pounds and began last season at 323 pounds.
Good: Moses looks like a prototypical NFL offensive tackle with the height, size and outstanding arm length. He has powerful hands and can steer defenders when he latches on to them. Moses shows great awareness, which comes from his experience. He started 43 games at Virginia, including the final 12 at left tackle. His stock rose after an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl.
Bad: There are questions about Moses' work ethic, and some believe he will fight weight issues throughout his career. Even though he's light on his feet, Moses recorded the slowest 10-yard split (2.08 seconds) of any participant at the NFL combine. Some draft analysts believe Moses plays with a mean streak while others don't see him playing with enough fire.
Bottom line: Moses is a possibility for the Ravens at No. 17. He certainly looks the part of a right tackle more than Notre Dame's Zack Martin. But his weight issues may discourage a team like the Ravens, who dealt with Bryant McKinnie for the past few seasons. The Ravens can't expect to drop back in the first round and get Moses. Many have linked him to the Miami Dolphins at No. 19.
What Moses said: "Just going into the Senior Bowl and being on the football field with the top of the top of college football and to do very, very well there definitely opened all 32 teams’ eyes and put me on a different level."