Gridiron Gab 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report – S Rahim Moore

Rahim Moore, S, UCLA, 6’1 195

Position Ranking: #3

Strengths: A good athlete who plays light on his feet. Shows smooth footwork in his backpedal and changing direction; looks natural moving in reverse. Fluid in his overall movements with good agility. Capable of playing center field (cover 1) and has enough speed and range to get to the outside.

Played plenty of cover 2 and spent most of his time on the back end. Breaks down quickly in space to make proper technique tackles. Solid coverage awareness and has a good enough understanding of routes to put himself in position to make a play on the football. Voted team captain by peers and visibly encourages his teammates throughout the game. Well respected in the locker room and takes responsibility when the defense plays subpar.

Needs Improvement: Has a slight body frame and isn’t a powerful hitter. Strength is only adequate at the point of attack and can’t always make the tackle one-on-one on an island. Won’t be much of a threat close to the line of scrimmage at the next level; lacks the strength to consistently set the edge in contain or avoid getting washed out of the play by lineman in run support.

Doesn’t always feel the run play developing in front of him and will allow ball carrier to get on top of him before he reacts; instincts and anticipation are questionable at times. Tackling technique is off/on as are his pursuit angles.

Bottom Line: Rahim Moore has the skill set and ability to be most effective in a cover 2 scheme. He’s very comfortable in deep coverage with pass routes developing in front of him and has the necessary skills to become a reliable starter. His overall play in run support will limit his stock as Moore lacks the size and strength to be an effective last line of defense for more aggressive defensive fronts. Overall, Moore is an intelligent player with good athleticism and will likely add quality depth to a team early in his career as he continues to develop physically.

Draft Projection: 3rd round

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