In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2014 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on May 8th.
We continue the series with a scouting report of Virginia’s Morgan Moses.
Position: Offensive Tackle
Even though he is 6-6, 314-pounds, Morgan Moses is an even more imposing figure in person. Blessed with tree trunks for legs and big powerful arms, it is impossible to miss him on the football field. It is also impossible to ignore his productivity and skillset, both of which place him on the verge of being a top selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Moses started 43 of 48 games over his four year career at Virginia, successfully making the switch from right tackle to the left side for his senior campaign. He kicked off his career in auspicious fashion as only the third true freshman in school history to start at offensive tackle, following in the footsteps of D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Brad Butler. With Moses anchoring the line in 2013, he helped Kevin Parks become UVA’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2004 and was named a Third-Team All-ACC Selection in the process.
The burly offensive tackle excels in pass protection. He uses his exceptional arm length to his advantage, jolting pass rushers with a strong punch off the snap. Moses also has a great first step and initial burst, which combined with powerful hands, often dominates his opposition. Once he latches on it’s nearly impossible to shake him as the tackle does a great job driving the defender off the block. Moses also plays with the type of nasty streak coaches look for, but knows the difference between being aggressive and going too far.
Some claim the lineman possesses heavy feet, while others say he isn’t decisive enough in the run game. Still, with some analysts comparing him to Ryan Clady, it is expected that Moses will hear his name fairly early come the draft.
40-yard Dash: 5.35
Vertical Jump: 21.5 inches
Broad Jump: 106.0 inches
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