Chat with Rahim Moore
Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both rank Moore as the No. 1 safety prospect.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, NFL draft prospect, and former UCLA Bruins safety, Rahim Moore stops by to chat some football.
Moore, the 33rd overall prospect in the draft, according to Scouts Inc., finished his career with 14 career interceptions, including 10 during the 2009 season, leading all of FBS.
Scouts Inc. likes his durability, intangibles and production during his time at UCLA and his profile says that he is "aggressive when the ball is in the air, will go up and contest, and he consistently high points it the ball. He has great hand-eye coordination and strong hands."
Send your questions now and join Moore Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:57 PM)
matt (pittsburgh pa)
Rahim who do you resemble your game around most?
Rahim Moore (1:58 PM)
I do big dog Ed Reed. He's my mentor. He's my favorite player of all time. The way he plays the game and the way he tackles. I try to mimic everything he does. Not only is he a great football player and he's a great guy off the field too.
Rahim, Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Rahim Moore (2:00 PM)
Oh yeah, I do. The first thing I do is when I go into the lockerroom. I always pray over the lockerroom and my teammates. I listen to music, some R&B and rap. But the minute I see the daylight or the field, I always listen to Tupac. I get emotional, thinking about my mother and everything she's been through. Then getting ready for the game, I listen to gospel music. That's it. I spend my whole time before the game with the gospel music. It calms my mind down.
Jeremy (Chicago, IL)
In a perfect world, which NFL team would you want to play for?
Rahim Moore (2:01 PM)
I will play for any team that God sends me to. Any team that understands my hard work and dedication. Cowboys, Ravens, Jets, Steelers....all of them. I want to go to an organization that wants to win. Every team has their year where they're on top.
Scouts, Inc. said that you're aggressive when the ball is on your chin. Do you agree with that?
Rahim Moore (2:03 PM)
Yes I do. One thing about ball skills and being able to close on the ball, when I'm running to get the ball, I'm looking at the flight of it. The straighter the ball, the longer it goes. I make it like a beach ball. I catch a lot of baseballs or golf balls. The football becomes a lot bigger. There are 22 guys that want that ball. My whole mentality is about getting that ball. You have to know when to be aggressive and when to let them come to you.
eric berry and earl thomas both safety's had great rookie season will you be the next ?
Rahim Moore (2:04 PM)
Yes I do. I respect Eric Berry. I've been working out with him in Florida. I respect Earl. I look forward to having a season like them. They paved the way for a guy like me. I can tell teams that I can have a season like that. They have given the game what it deserves. I take my hat off to those guys.
Any worries about the lockout?
Rahim Moore (2:06 PM)
I have no concerns because I know that throughout the whole process of this, they can't afford to not have an NFL season. I'm not worrying about it. I'm putting it in God's hands. I know they'll take care of business. They have to make sure everythign turns out right. I have to do my part to be sure that I'm in shape so that I'm ready.
Toughest part of this procesS?
Rahim Moore (2:07 PM)
The toughest part may be the funniest part. Growing up, you always want to make your body presentable for females. But now, you have to make your body in shape and presentable for men. It's funny. It's a funny transition. And you have to block out the distractions. People are talking about you, but you know you better than anybody else. Everybody knows their weaknesses and strengths. I have to make sure I stay in my own world and do what I have to do to better myself. Stay humble and take it day by day.
Hope you joins us in Denver...is that okay with you?
Rahim Moore (2:08 PM)
That would be fantastic. I would love to play with Champ Bailey. He's one of my favorite players of all time. Brian Dawkins too. I would love to play in that orange and blue and make plays for them. That's a nice place in Denver.
Thanks for giving your all to UCLA. It was really a pleasure to have you here. What will you miss the most about Westwood?
Rahim Moore (2:09 PM)
The thing I will miss the most will be the comraderie I had with the boys. Now you'll be with a new team and new environment. And the college environment as a whole. I'll miss wearing that blue and gold. Putting my helmet on and going to war with the guys.
Have you paid attention to any of it?
Rahim Moore (2:11 PM)
No, not at all. A lot of that is all opinionated. I don't focus on what people say about me. It is what it is. I don't focus on that. I don't like to read anything about me. I've never been like that. If I did, I would read only the negative because that would motivate me. I'm an easy going guy who doesn't focus on that and just focus on myself to become a better person in life and football player.
Rahim Moore (2:12 PM)
I want to thank all of you for all the questions. Take care. God bless. Shout out to my mother, my family, the UCLA family and players. Pray for me and support me in everything I do. Thanks to ESPN for having me on.