Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
W: 233 lbs
Moses is a fast and rangy linebacker. He covers sideline-to-sideline, while maintaining his gap responsibilities; he plays within the scheme and doesn’t try to do too much. He has great eyes that quickly scan the field and dissect the offense’s play, which creates an awareness that allows him to quickly snuff out screens. Moses has quick hips and quick feet that also help him against the pass, the main things that make him very good in man and zone coverage. He is a technician as a linebacker and is a very sound tackler.
Obviously, the biggest issue for Moses is his injury history. He broke his foot towards the end of the 2018 season and missed the college football playoffs. Then, on the eve of the 2019 season, he tore his ACL, causing him to miss the entire 2019 season. He should be fine to go whenever Alabama suits up next, but it is concerning that he could be injury prone, or at the least, lost a step that he may never get back. Moses really struggles to take on blockers and to shed blocks. He doesn’t play as physically as I would hope.
Moses was my top linebacker for the 2020 NFL Draft as soon as the 2019 Draft concluded. He unfortunately tore his ACL right before the 2019 season, causing him to miss the entire season. If he bounces back to his play pre-injury, he’ll be considered a great prospect once more. He is similar to Isaiah Simmons in his play style, fast, rangy, quick, excellent against the pass. Moses is more of a linebacker than Simmons, who lined up at safety half the time, although he struggles in shedding blocks more than I would like. He has high awareness that, paired with his fast and quick physical traits, make it very hard to get things past him. I really like Moses, but if he doesn’t get better at shedding blocks, I’m not sure if I can look at him as a first rounder, unless he starts getting snaps at safety. If either one of those things happen, I believe Moses will be a top-15 pick.