2017 NFL DRAFT

Skai Moore, OLB

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Cooper City, FL
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Player Lowdown

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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Cincinnati Bengals | #27
    Size and physicality has been the calling card of Bengals 'backers in recent years, but 2016 third-round pick Nick Vigil could signal a changing of the guard. Like Vigil, Moore has the athleticism to handle coverage responsibilities as well as be a nuisance in the running game.
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Player Overview

Moore led the Gamecocks in tackles and interceptions each of his of his first two seasons in Columbia, racking up a total of 149 stops and seven picks during that time. Moore's ability to make big plays helped him earn Defensive MVP honors in an Independence Bowl win over Miami to cap the 2014 season.

After originally committing to Rutgers, the Ft. Lauderdale native elected to stay closer to home, signing with South Carolina and quickly emerging as one of the team's big play specialists on the defensive side of the ball. Though he only started four games as a true freshman, he showed a knack for creating big plays, intercepting four passes on the year, including in his first career start (Mississippi State) against rival Clemson and two in South Carolina's Capital One Bowl win over Wisconsin.

Moore followed that up in 2014 with three more picks, a team-leading 93 tackles and being named the Defensive MVP vs. Miami in the Independence Bowl victory with 11 tackles.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: As one might anticipate, Moore relies on his quickness to slip by would-be blockers to get to the ball and can be simply mauled by offensive linemen when they get their mitts on him. He's a patient, generally reliable open-field tackler, who wraps his arms around the ball-carrier and drags them to the turf rather than an explosive hitter who intimidates opponents.

Where Moore stands out is in coverage. Quick and agile, he's able to drop back quickly into coverage and does a nice job of reading the quarterback's eyes and anticipating routes. Has a knack for being in the right place at the right time in big games, which scouts will certainly take note of - including a pair of end zone interceptions in the 2015 opening win vs. North Carolina.

WEAKNESSES: Though Moore is listed as a linebacker by South Carolina, he's likely too small to remain at this position in the NFL. Moore looks lighter than his listed size, appearing more like a traditional safety with relatively narrow shoulders and hips than a linebacker.

IN OUR VIEW: Moore lacks ideal bulk for linebacker, but still has time to add muscle. He has the athleticism, instincts and ballskills to catch the attention of scouts, though without greater mass he may be forced to attempt the difficult transition to safety at the next level.

--Rob Rang (9/3/15)

 
 
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