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Moore is following in the footsteps of former Bruins safeties Kenny Easley, Eric Turner, Carnell Lake and Shaun Williams. He stepped in as the first true freshman starter for UCLA since Matt Ware in 2001, and went on to start 37 consecutive games.
It's a good body of work for NFL scouts to review when looking at the junior. And he's a classic example of a prospect who will elicit a wide range of opinion.
Moore earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors as a freshman, then led the country with 10 interceptions in 2009 - the most by an FBS player since 2003. But he struggled to produce big plays as a junior, registering just four pass breakups and one interception.
The critical scout will be concerned that 2009 was an aberration, and that Moore's slim build and questionable instincts will prevent him from standing out in the NFL. Moore counters those questions by pointing out that opponents avoided his side of the field last season, and that he had to "switch my game up" on a much younger defense and play more of a strong safety role.
"Every year you're not going to have your best stats," said Moore. "But I think this year I showed more I can come downhill, tackle and make other plays. Interceptions are not everything."
Moore said the team that drafts him doesn't have to worry about the safety position for the next 10-12 years. He believes he's special "in the most humble way. I'm going to get in early. I'm going to leave late. I'm going
to put in the same amount of hours, maybe more (than) the coaching staff.
He tries to pattern his game after Ravens All-Pro Ed Reed. Moore said he almost started crying when he got to talk to his favorite player of all time in a 45-minute phone conversation.
"That is one of the smartest men I've ever talked to in my life," Moore said of Reed. "I learned so much. I respect what he does, the hard work and dedication. The things he does on the field and off the field, I think some of the things I do resemble."
Read & React: Good instincts for the position. Reads the quarterback's eyes and has good feet, balance and straight-line speed, aiding him in being in consistently good position in coverage. Reads run quickly and is aggressive in downhill pursuit. Prone to overrunning the play and leaving potential cutback lanes for backs to exploit.
Man Coverage: Not often asked to drop down and cover the slot receiver, but shows quick feet, a low, tight backpedal and the straight-line speed to potentially handle this role in limited duty. Is a high-cut athlete and is a bit stiff in the hips, so he loses a step in his transition.
Zone Coverage: Good instincts and overall athleticism for zone coverage. Gains good depth due to his backpedal and can plant his foot in the ground and drive downhill on the ball. Good lateral agility and balance, despite his high-cut build and average hip flexibility to turn and run. Good acceleration and top-end speed to provide a safety net in deep coverage.
Closing/Recovery: Classic ball hawk. Reads the quarterback's eyes and breaks quickly when he reads target location. Good acceleration and straight-line speed. Very good ball skills. Times his leaps well and has good hand-eye coordination to make the difficult grab. Good vision and natural running skills with the football.
Run Support: Quickly reads run and shows the burst and aggression to beat blockers to the punch. Only average bulk and strength to fight through receiver blocks and can be held up. Can get out of control and overrun the play, giving the runner cutback opportunities. Takes questionable angles to the football, though he provides good effort.
Tackling: Isn't always a reliable open-field tackler, a negative as the team's last line of defense. Generally breaks down well, but will alternately take on ballcarriers too high and try to wrestle them to the ground or drop his head and resort to duck-and-swipe tackling leading to ugly missed tackles. Is willing to lower his shoulder into the receiver crossing the middle, but is not an intimidating presence.
Intangibles: A respected team leader who was voted a captain as a junior. Started all three seasons at UCLA, including as a true freshman -- the first Bruin to do so since Matt Ware (now with the Arizona Cardinals) did back in 2001. Wrote a 2,058-word statement thanking everyone from his mother, high school and college coaches, teammates and fans to NFL standouts Kenny Easley and Ed Reed for their help in his development.
Compares to: Madieu Williams, Vikings - An excellent athlete with quick feet who times well, Moore's ability to consistently produce big plays is questionable due to a lack of great instincts and inconsistent tackling.
Started all 12 games Season captain Named first-team All-America by The Sporting News Third-team Associated Press All-American Fourth-team Phil Steele All-American Third on the team in tackles (77) and 17th (tied) in the Pac-10 (6.4 avg.) One of 10 Thorpe Award semifinalist Phil Steele Mid-Season All-American Named to the Nagusrski Trophy, Lott Trophy and Bednarik Award watch lists One of just three All-Pac-10 first-team performers to repeat from 2009 Made seven tackles in the opener at Kansas State Credited with seven tackles and broke up a pass against Stanford Collected his 14th career interception, tied for fourth on the all-time UCLA list, against Houston which led to a Bruin touchdown Totaled eight tackles, one for loss, and broke up a pass at Texas Had two tackles and was in on a fourth-down goalline stop which kept the score at 28-all and changed the momentum of the game Tied his career high with nine tackles at Cal Shared the team lead at Oregon with eight stops Matched his career high with nine tackles, one for loss, against Arizona and also recovered a fumble Made four stops versus Oregon State Tied for the team lead with eight tackles at Washington Made four tackles and broke up two passes at Arizona State Credited with eight tackles against USC.
Started all 13 games at free safety Led the nation with 10 interceptions Selected first-team All-America by scout.com, second-team by Walter Camp Foundation, AP, rivals.com and si.com Third-team All-America pick by The Sporting News and Phil Steele First-team All-Pac-10 selection by league's coaches Named Pac-10 Defensive MVP by The Sporting News and first-team all-league Named co-defensive winner of UCLA's Henry R. 'Red' Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player Received high honorable mention for Thorpe Award His total of 10 interceptions ranked No. 2 (Carlton Gray - 11 in 1991) on school single-season list No player in the Football Bowl Subdivision had made 10 interceptions in a season since 2003 His interception average of 0.77/g led the nation Ranked second in NCAA and first in Pac-10 in passes defensed (1.31) Recorded three interceptions in season opener against San Diego St. to tie school single-game mark -- Ron Carver (1971), Craig Rutledge (1986), Darryl Henley (1986).
Moore was named Walter Camp Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week Made two interceptions at Tennessee and had a third erased by penalty Totaled six tackles and was credited with an assist on the third down play during the goal line stand in the fourth quarter Registered four tackles and defensed three passes against Kansas St. Suffered a mild concussion in second quarter at Stanford and was forced to the sidelines Had one tackle against Oregon Led team with a career-best matching nine stops versus Cal, 1.0 for loss Made two first-half interceptions to stop a pair of potential scoring drives at Arizona (at the seven and one-yard lines) Made seven tackles at Oregon St. Recorded two tackles, one for loss, and a game-clinching interception with 54 seconds remaining against Washington Made ninth pick of the year at Washington St. Three tackles against Arizona St. Totaled seven stops, one for loss, at USC Made four tackles and his 10th interception of the season in bowl win over Temple.
Starter in all 12 games at free safety Fourth on squad with 60 tackles Tied for 11th in Pac-10 in interceptions (0.25) and tied for team lead with three Tied for sixth in Pac-10 in fumbles recovered (0.17) Named to rivals.com All-Pac-10 Freshman team CollegeFootballNews.com honorable mention Freshman All-American Earned Pac-10 honorable mention honors from coaches Defensive co-winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year Became the first true freshman to start a season-opener on offense or defense since Matt Ware (CB) in 2001 Had two tackles and a fumble recovery Made eight tackles at BYU, plus first interception Six tackles against Arizona Two stops vs. Fresno St. Four tackles versus Washington St. Two tackles at Oregon Five stops vs. Stanford Led Bruins with nine tackles at Cal Credited with four stops, an interception and fumble recovery vs. Oregon St. Led team with six tackles at Washington and made third interception Four tackles at Arizona St. Led team with eight tackles against USC.
Combine: 4.58 40-yard dash; 11 bench reps at 225 pounds; 9'7" broad jump; 35-inch vertical; 6.98 3-cone drill.
Lettered four years in football for coach Knox at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles Played defensive back and receiver Five stars from scout.com Ranked No. 2 nationally and No. 1 in the West and in California at safety by scout.com PrepStar Dream Team selection Played in U.S. Army All-Star Game Four stars from rivals.com Named All-State first-team by Cal-Hi Sports Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West squad (No. 4) Helped Dorsey reach City Section semifinals As a senior, made 112 tackles, eight interceptions, 10 deflections and three fumble recoveries Made 15 catches for 339 yards and six scores on offense As a junior, recorded 122 tackles and seven interceptions As a sophomore, he made 99 tackles and eight interceptions Also lettered in track As a senior, he finished third in 400 meter event at the CIF L.A. City Section Finals Three-time league champ in the 400 meters.
Full Name: Rahim Shaheed Moore Born: February 11, 1990 in Los Angeles, CA Parents: Rodney Moore and Nowana Buchanan Has one sister, Duraisha, and one brother, Rasheed Lists NFL star Ed Reed as the athlete he admires the most Hobbies include working out and shopping His diet includes no soda, candy or fast food Director's Honor Roll in Fall 2009 Sociology major.