Rahim Moore from UCLA is being mentioned as the top overall safety prospect in April’s draft. While I agree that he is the best of the bunch, I am quick to point out how below average this group of safeties really are.
Rahim Moore measured in at the combine at 5’11 3/4 and 202 pounds. He jumped a 35″ vertical and posted a 4.62 in the 40-yard dash. These are just very average numbers for a safety in the NFL.
In 2009, Moore accounted for 10 interceptions and an 11th pick was negated by a penalty, but in 2010, just just posted 1 interception with just 4 pass break-ups. Playing the safety position, you can’t use the argument that they just threw to the other side of the field. With that said, he does show good athletic feet and balance in pass coverage with above average straight line speed. He looks comfortable in zone coverage and positions himself nicely on the field. He wasn’t asked to cover the slot receiver man-to-man very often, and that is where he could get exposed in the NFL. With a safety, you want a secure tackler that will be your last line of defense on explosive plays of 20 yards or more. Moore doesn’t show that consistency and often tries to tackle too high, wrapping around the shoulders/neck area rather than around the waist.
While Moore is a descent prospect, don’t let the fact that he will be the first safety taken influence your opinion on how productive he will be early in his career.