2011 NFL Draft Scouting Reporting: Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA

by Cory J. Bonini on March 30, 2011 @ 18:29:29 PDT

 


UCLA junior free safety Rahim Moore takes his versatile skill set to the 2011 NFL Draft

Moore, a three-year starter since he was true freshmen, posted 77 total tackles and one interception in 2010. As a sophomore, he racked up 45 combined stops and picked off a whopping 10 passes.

Strengths

  • Durable
  • Excellent ball skills (14 career interceptions)
  • Athletic
  • Experienced - three-year starter, never missed a game
  • Rahim Moore, draft prospect
    A new ball hawk coming to the NFL
    Instinctual
  • Very good hand-eye coordination
  • Respected team leader
  • Good vision - dangerous with the ball in his hands
  • NFL-caliber speed (official 4.58-second 40-yard dash) 
  • Plays well in the box and coming downhill

Weaknesses

  • Not a natural tackler - inconsistent and sometimes unreliable
  • Overly aggressive at times - overruns the play
  • Just OK size (5-foot-11 3/4, 202 pounds) - looks thinner
  • High backpedal - would struggle against NFL slot receivers
  • Occasionally struggles to shed blockers

Expected draft placement

Moore will probably come off the board in the second round or early third. There isn't a lot of demand for safeties this year, and the class is pretty weak in general. Moore's inconsistencies from 2009 to last season may have teams guessing which player he really is, but showing his versatility can't be all bad.

The Denver Broncos (No. 36) in the second round could use a young playmaker at safety given the age of their defensive backfield. 

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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