Dylan Moses Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Alabama Linebacker Dylan Moses is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFL Draft

Name: Dylan Moses

School: University of Alabama

Year:  Senior

Position: Linebacker

Measurements:  6-foot-3, 240lbs

 

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General Info:

Dylan Moses was a five star recruit across the board and the No. 4 overall recruit in the class of 2017 coming out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In his first three years of high school he stayed home, attending University High School in Baton Rouge. He transferred to power house IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season citing that he wanted to be prepared and ready for what he would see at the next level. Being born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the assumption would be that Moses targeted Louisiana State University and that they zoned in on him. Initially that was the case. Moses committed to Les Miles and LSU before opening back up his recruitment process and ultimately landing with Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

 

Positional Skills:

The sideline to sideline speed that Dylan Moses has jumps out right away. Watching him zero in on a ball carrier with his closing speed is comparable to those National Geographic videos of animals stalking down their prey. He’s that fast as a linebacker.

Against the run, you see a guy on tape in Moses who is very smooth when maneuvering around in pursuit of whoever has the ball. He has tremendous acceleration and takes precise angles to really close the gap on wherever he is headed to stop the run. He has tremendous instincts which helped him takeover as the defensive play-caller and leader for Alabama.

What stands out on tape pertaining to pass coverage with Moses is he seems a step slow to make the initial read at times for someone who has the speed he does. It’s not as though he’s going against wide receivers from the opposing team either. He struggles to use his hands effectively to disrupt incoming passes, something that got better over time while at Alabama but something that still needs to improve. Once again his instincts and speed and pure athleticism help him immensely when in pass coverage because at times when dropping into coverage for Moses, it can look choppy.

His glaring “weakness” if you will is something that is largely out of his control and that’s because it’s the injuries that have started to pile up.

Moses broke his foot in the late stages of the 2017 season, forcing him to miss the 2018 Sugar Bowl and the 2018 National Championship. He responded with a mammoth year in the fall of 2018, throwing his body around all over and showing that his speed hadn’t lost a step.

Right before the 2019 season, he tore his ACL. He missed the entire season. Many thought he would opt for the draft but Moses came back for his senior season this past year.

Moses was noticeably a step slower in 2020 and at some junctures on tape, looked like a shell of the guy everyone had become so accustomed to seeing dominate before the ACL tear. He admitted to having played through pain the entire season and never feeling fully comfortable coming back from the knee injury.

Even looking a step slower in 2020, Moses is a linebacker with big potential upside and the hope is that with this off-season to rest, that he gets back to full health and the dominant play that was seen prior to 2020. Keep in mind, even though Moses was reeling at times last year, he still put up some very solid performances showing how dynamic he can be even at less than 100% health.

 

Fit with the Packers:

The fit for the Packers is fairly obvious. Krys Barnes showed a lot of promise as an undrafted rookie out of UCLA last year at one of those inside linebacker positions. Seeing him run around the frozen tundra with a club on his hand, still making plays in the NFC Championship was pretty damn awesome. Kamal Martin battled through knee problems which at one point landed him on injured reserve. When on the field, the 5th round selection from Minnesota had a couple of bright moments. The need for an inside linebacker is a need that has loomed for years now in Green Bay.

Dylan Moses and where he could be drafted is one of the more fascinating ones to track. Some see him going late first round, others see a guy pegged to go somewhere in the middle to the end of round two and yet there are others who were so worried about the 2020 campaign Moses had in Tuscaloosa, they have him falling to the beginning of round three.

The injuries may scare some away, it’s understandable. What has to be decided with those in charge of these draft war rooms is do they believe Moses is still a prospect with tons of upside or do they believe what they saw in 2020 is what they’re getting, post ACL tear.

If Moses were to fall to the bottom of the second round, one would imagine the Packers would absolutely have to take an extended look. This was a guy projected to go top 10 by damn near everyone after his 2018 season.

Assuming he’s back at full strength (dangerous assumption sure but for these purposes roll with it) Moses would immediately be competing to start at inside linebacker for the Packers. Barnes and Martin are both entering year two, Moses is the same age as both. There isn’t an elder statesman who has the inside linebacker position locked in. It would presumably be an open competition heading into training camp with Moses right in the mix. He provides such dynamic speed with a relentless pursuit that Green Bay and Packers fans have longed for at the spot.

Round one? Probably not a round Green Bay would roll the dice on Moses (especially if Zaven Collins is on the board) Round two? Why the hell not? Even if he’s not totally back to form, as long as that constant knee pain has subsided, Dylan Moses will produce.

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PeteK's picture

February 22, 2021 at 10:44 am

If he makes it to the third round, that would be great. I don't know if Chamarri Connor-VT has declared yet, but he is that S/LB in the mold of Jenkins and Smith( healthier Raven Greene) that is an all over the field disrupter.

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splitpea1's picture

February 22, 2021 at 11:27 am

If Nick Bolton falls to the Packers' spot, then this is the guy we should strongly consider with that pick (I know, probably won't happen). He's a violent hitter, is good against the short passing game, does his film study, and supposedly a great locker room presence. This is just what we need. Sure, I like Barnes and Martin, but I love this guy.

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PeteK's picture

February 22, 2021 at 01:34 pm

He is a do it all playmaking defender, but he will definitely go earlier. If we did draft him , it would put pressure on us finding a T and CB in later rounds. At least we have viable choices at LB, but none for T or CB.

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splitpea1's picture

February 22, 2021 at 03:11 pm

If I was the GM, I'd take the BPA on defense whether it's ILB, CB, or DL. You know they're going to draft a tackle, but it is going to be on Day 1 or Day 2?

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stockholder's picture

February 22, 2021 at 11:22 am

No he's not 6'4 240pds Wish he was.
Try mid 3rd rd. 6-2 235 4.58. And his sack totals are to low for such a great defense. Try again.

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murf7777's picture

February 22, 2021 at 12:36 pm

Most ILB in a 3-4 would be in the 6 to 6’2 range. Look at the Rams and Tampa’s and you will find them closer to 6’ and 235, than 6’4 250. 6’1 is more ideal as they need to be quicker hips and change of direction. Taller you are the less likely you fit in that position. That’s why I don’t like Collins, unless for the OLB position. He’s a bit of a tweener.

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stockholder's picture

February 22, 2021 at 02:57 pm

Collins does read really well. If he has a good combine. He'll go up.

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MarkinMadison's picture

February 22, 2021 at 11:25 am

The fact that he had a full year to heal before the 2020 season started and he still had a down year all year is a bit concerning. I guess I'd want to go back and look at the national title game and see how he was moving there. My guess is that whatever he was in January is probably about as good as he is going to be in terms of the knee. My vague recollection is that I (not knowing anything about his history) was impressed with how he moved. He can cover. He can move.

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PatrickGB's picture

February 22, 2021 at 03:42 pm

This is a kid who needs to show up at the combine in order to be drafted high. Yet there won’t be one so the scouts need to find a way to evaluate him fairly. If the Packers want to draft him they would really need a medical evaluation as well as game tape.

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Handsback's picture

February 25, 2021 at 09:52 am

Last year he wasn't the best LB on the field for AL. It's quite obvious he's not the guy from two years ago. The big question is where would you take a chance? Not first and doubt the 2nd so maybe 3rd round would be it. Martin slipped from early 2nd to fifth...maybe Moses goes 3rd or 4th.

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Handsback's picture

February 25, 2021 at 09:52 am

Last year he wasn't the best LB on the field for AL. It's quite obvious he's not the guy from two years ago. The big question is where would you take a chance? Not first and doubt the 2nd so maybe 3rd round would be it. Martin slipped from early 2nd to fifth...maybe Moses goes 3rd or 4th.

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