Rookie glance: LB Sio Moore

March, 5, 2014
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How acquired: Third-round draft pick (No. 66 overall) out of Connecticut

2013 season: An excited Moore told reporters on a conference call immediately after he was selected by Oakland that the Raiders got the best linebacker in the draft. And while Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso was named defensive rookie of the year by the Pro Football Writers’ Association, Moore was one of three LBs named to the PFWA all-rookie team, along with Alonso and St. Louis’ Alex Ogletree. No doubt Moore was the most productive rookie in last year’s draft class. The 6-feet-1, 240-pound strongside linebacker played in 15 games, starting 11, and led Oakland rookies with 55 tackles, 4 sacks, which was fourth among all NFL rookies, and a forced fumble. The only game he missed – Week 3 at Denver – was the result of a concussion suffered in a car accident.

Looking ahead: You could say Moore more than impressed and solidified his standing as a building block for the franchise going forward. You could also make the case that Moore is the best draft pick in two drafts by general manager Reggie McKenzie thus far. Moore’s high motor served him well last season and should continueto do so in the future, so long as he does not get overly aggressive in chasing plays or picking up penalties. It will be interesting to see how his skill set translates if the Raiders show more 3-4 looks on defense, outside of their base 4-3 alignment.

 

The Raiders’ other 2013 rookies that finished the season on the roster: OT Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey, S Shelton Johnson, WR Greg Jenkins, OG Lamar Mady, QB Matt McGloin, WR Brice Butler, DT Stacy McGee, TE Mychal Rivera, RB Latavius Murray and TE Nick Kasa.

Paul Gutierrez

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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