2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Rahim Moore

Rahim MooreAfter a stellar sophmore season in which Moore led the nation with 10 interceptions, he was mostly solid as a junior as most teams did their best to avoid the ballhawking safety.  Moore is an excellent athlete and one of better coverage safety in this year’s draft. 

While he lacks ideal size for the position, he is a fluid athlete who shows nice fluidity in coverage and adequate quickness in small spaces.  He displays rare instincts and always seems to be around the ball. 

Moore is at his best in zone coverage where he can sit back and read the quarterback and react.  He has excellent range and has very good top end speed.  While he doesn’t have extensive experience in man coverage, he displays enough athletic ability to be solid in this area making him an asset in a number of areas.  He is is listed at just under 200 pounds and looks lean however, he plays much bigger than his size indicates. 

You can see on film that Moore is a cognitive player who consistently makes good reads and takes good angles to the football.  In his junior year, Moore seemed to play with more wrecklessness and a bit less discipline but that could be attributed to him trying to make up for the overall lack of talent around him.  He was featured much more as an inside the box safety in which he was asked to contribute much more in run support, where he flies to the line of scrimmage in a flash. 

Moore is fundamentally sound and reaches full speed to the ballcarrier quickly without taking false steps.  While Moore is a solid tackler, he prone to attempts at highlight hits in which he doesn’t always wrap up and it leads to missed tackles.  He also has some issues with breaking down and tackling smaller ballcarriers in space.  Overall, Moore has been a leader on defense since he stepped foot onto the field as a freshman and has started all 37 games since. 

He is best suited for a team in need of a centerfielder where he can drop back in 3-deep coverage and react to what’s in front of him.  Teams will love his ball skills as he takes excellent angles while the ball is in the air and rarely drops a pass when it hits his hands.  He is a smart person, on and off the field and has proven to be a very hard worker who understands how to maximize his natural abilities. 

He molds his style after Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens and he has that same game-changing ability.