William Moore, SS, Missouri

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William Moore, SS, Missouri

Postby Pudge » Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:15 pm

William Moore
6-1/221 Missouri
4.49 Senior

Pros: Has great size and speed with excellent burst and range in the secondary. Is very good in the box and has great instincts vs. the run, acting like an extra linebacker. Is a big-time hitter and loves to thump receivers over the middle. Is a solid open field tackler that has pop. Is good coming off the edge as a blitzer. Does a nice job in zone coverage, able to keep things in front of him, and showing some ball skills. Does an excellent job stripping the ball and causing turnovers.

Cons: Has poor hips and struggles against receivers in the slot. Not great as a centerfielder and gets turned around at times. Will get caught looking in the backfield and makes too many mental errors. Tackles too high and at times get caught up in traffic when working in the box.

Overview: Moore is a big time playmaker that is as natural as they come vs. the run, but needs work in coverage. He was very productive as a junior with 8 picks, and only had 1 as a senior. As a junior, he really stepped up his play down the stretch with 5 picks in the last 6 games.

NFL Forecast: Moore makes too many mistakes in coverage for me to be confident and comfortable with him calling the shots at free safety. But if you move him to strong safety and give him license to free lance in the box, then you have the makes of an elite safety. As a tackler, he is a bigger, stronger version of Brian Dawkins. He just doesn't have Dawkins capabilities in coverage. He's not going to be a liability in coverage, but he'll give up some big plays and he'll be a work in progress. In time, I think he can be a solid cover man able to make big plays there. But at least early on in his career through the first few years, he's going to be a pure run stopper. The player that he reminds me of is Sean Taylor. Taylor give up a lot of big plays during his first few years in Washington, but he made up for it with a lot of big hits and big plays as well. But Taylor started becoming more consistent by his third year, but then was tragically killed just as he was coming into his own. That's the type of player I think Moore can be. Start him early on, and you can live with the mistakes and mental errors because he'll make plays for you. And with that on-field learning, after a few years he can really start to come into his own as a complete safety.

ATL Forecast: Moore would be a solid pickup for the Falcons at strong safety. He'll give up some big plays in coverage, just like Milloy did. But he'll make far more plays and have a much greater impact vs. the run that Milloy ever did as a Falcon. He'll be a force vs. the run, acting like an extra linebacker, be an enforcer in the secondary, as well as creative turnovers. He'll probably never be as good as Dawkins in coverage, but he has the potential to be one of the better all-around safeties in the league.

Value: Moore's elite potential and playmaking instincts make him a solid Top 15 pick.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

SPEED: 4.0
RANGE: 5.0
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