However, will make his money in the NFL because of his ability to consistently play the pass. Displays natural flexibility and balance in his drop. Is able to sit into his stance, keeps his base down, his feet under him and gets too deep off the line. At times gets a bit quick with his backpedal, causing his pad level to rise. But for the most part is patient off the line and keying his pass keys. Does a nice job keeping his base down and feet under him when asked to redirect and get out of his breaks. Doesn't waste much motion, possesses a good but not great first step when asked to turn and run, but has the straight-line speed to ball hawk in the center field type role.
Displays good instincts and consistently is able to get early jumps on the football on all areas of the field and loves to attack the football at its highest point. Exhibits good ball skills, looks comfortable getting his hands on the throw, contorting his body, maintaining concentration and coming down with the catch. Possesses good awareness with routes developing around him vertically down the field, but at times will drift in his drop and not show the same type of instincts with routes developing underneath him. Can be a bit slow at times to recognize and click and close underneath, but it should improve with time.
Is an extremely productive safety who had 10 picks as a sophomore last season, 14 for his career, but had only one in 2010. Is a high character kid and team leader, but does have some questions about his work ethic in the weight room, considering he was at a big time program and has a really unimpressive frame at this stage.
Impression: A tall, lean, fluid defensive back who can cleanly change directions, possesses good range in the deep half and knows how to play the football. Would like to see him become a bit more physical in run presence, but will make his money playing the pass. Has the ability to come in and start in an NFL secondary earl in his NFL career."
Moore appeared well on his way toward joining the likes of Kenny Easley, Eric Turner, Carnell Lake, Shaun Williams and others by starting all 12 games as a true freshman, racking up 60 tackles, three interceptions and honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades. The early success forecasted a big sophomore season from Moore and that is precisely what he delivered in 2009, leading the country with 10 interceptions -- the most from any FBS player since 2003. Moore actually had an 11th interception (against Tennessee) negated due to a penalty, which would have tied him with Carlton Gray (1991) for the most interceptions by any Bruin in a single season. An All-American, Moore earned co-defensive MVP honors in 2009 with 2010 second-round choice defensive tackle Brian Price (Buccaneers).
With enormous expectations for 2010, Moore performed more like a prospect who didn't want to hurt his draft stock. Without Price and talented cornerback Alterraun Verner, Moore wasn't as aggressive in his junior season and saw his big-play production plummet. He finished with only four passes broken up and one interception in 2010, earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors more on reputation than stellar play.
Moore's athleticism, ball skills and production can't be denied, nor can the relative lack of talent in the 2011 senior class of safeties. Those factors could result in him being a top 75 selection as it only takes one team to believe that his disappointing junior season -- not his standout sophomore season -- was the aberration. His slim build and decision to leave school early and after a down year, however, could push him down draft boards.
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.
Ball skills: Few safeties have as good of hands as Moore. He catches the ball like a wide receiver and knows what to do with it after the interception. Finished his career with 14 interceptions, including 10 as a sophomore.
Instincts: In pass coverage, Moore has excellent instincts. He can break on the ball in a hurry and make a play. Is much better picking up routes deep. Can get confused by complex formations where multiple receivers are lined up on the same side...
Pass coverage: Moore showed in 2009 that he was dynamic defending the pass. His hands are among the best for a defensive back in this year’s class. He shows good range to move around in the deep half. Wasn’t used a lot in man coverage, but he should be athletic enough to cover the slot.
Run support: UCLA used Moore closer to the line of scrimmage as a junior, which should help his progress. Moore’s ability against the run is based on using good pursuit angles to the ball. Because he doesn’t have great size, Moore struggles taking on blocks.
Speed: Possesses good speed short and deep. Can get up to his speed in short effort because he’s quick. Uses his speed to his advantage in the passing game.
Tackling: Is a sound tackler. Isn’t a devastating hitter, but uses sound technique. Drops his hips and and wraps out properly. Gets into trouble against bigger ball carriers and this shows he lack of strength.
Final word: If a team needs help in pass coverage at safety, Moore is a great option. He has a natural nose for the football, but didn’t get to show it as much in 2010.
As a junior, Moore was used closer to the line of scrimmage. He did pretty well against the run, but is much better dropping into coverage. He has good instincts to quickly make a break on the ball.
A third-team All-American in 2010 and first-team in 2009."
In fact, UCLA’s Rahim Moore may wind up being be the only safety taken in the first round once April rolls around.
Moore's playmaking ability may make him a first-round pick.
A four-star recruit coming out of high school, Moore finished his three-year collegiate career with 180 tackles and 14 interceptions, including 10 as a sophomore in 2009.
Despite declaring following his junior season, Moore has tons of experience, as he started every game in his three collegiate seasons. He’s developed a reputation as a ball-hawking safety, and excels specifically in zone coverage. He had just one interception in 2010, but a career-best 77 tackles as well, which showcases how he’s improved in run coverage. He has well above average speed for a safety, which helps him to close in on a play even if he didn’t get the best break to start. However, this doesn’t happen often, as one of Moore’s best skills is his ability to read a play and diagnose it very quickly, which helps him get into position to make so many plays. He has very good hands, and is able to track the ball very well in flight. Despite a smaller stature, he isn’t afraid to mix it up and make tackles, as is the case with some defensive backs. His dip in productivity on paper this season should be taken with a grain of salt, as the Bruins’ defense was greatly weakened by graduation heading into 2010. If needed, he could also project as a corner at the next level.
Until Moore is able to gain some weight and add some strength, he may struggle as a tackler in the NFL. He can make plays on the ball, but his impact in the physical aspect of coverage may suffer a bit. Safeties are often depended upon to jar the ball loose, and he’ll have problems doing so against bigger receivers and tight ends in the NFL. He also lacks experience in man coverage, as he was typically playing a zone at UCLA. As he appeared in every game in college, durability obviously wasn’t an issue for him. However, his aforementioned size problem may make him more injury-prone against stronger pros.
Moore’s playmaking ability and skill for forcing turnovers is very valuable in the NFL, which is something that makes him an extremely attractive prospect. We saw several examples of the difference a playmaking safety can make in the NFL, as strong play from rookies like Eric Berry and Earl Thomas helped propel their teams into the playoffs. The aforementioned size problem will certainly be of some concern to some teams, but turnovers and playmaking are things that cannot be ignored. Assuming he doesn’t go through abysmal pre-draft workouts or suffer an injury, Moore should be a first-round choice.
NFL Player Comparison: Nick Collins"
Positive: Opportunistic safety with nice size. Plays faster than his 40 time and displays good range in center field with the ability to get outside the numbers to make plays. Plays with suddenness, flashes on the scene, and is smooth moving around the field. Has an aggressive style, gets up the field quickly and is tough defending the run. Lays his shoulders into ball carriers and has a physical style.
Negative: Slow moving in reverse. Is hesitant in coverage at times, falls asleep, and blows assignments. Inefficient, does not take proper angles to the action and gets caught out of position.
Analysis: Moore has been a productive safety the past three years but his statistics are misleading. He's a solid college defender who does not do the little things well. Moore would be best in a zone system but must be protected from the occasional lapse in concentration."
Negatives: Has been caught out of position at times... Needs to work on taking better angles... Not matching the production of his sophomore season this year... Stock has dropped some due to inconsistent season... Numbers are down, role is a bit different this year... Has had to move around this year and hasn’t had the pass rush he had last year that helped him make a lot of plays"
Weaknesses: Slightly undersized and has a slight frame. Has trouble shedding blocks from time-to-time. Good athlete, but not an elite one. Has not been asked to play in man coverage much in college.
Projection: Late first rounder or early second rounder. Moore is one of the top safety prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft and should be competing for a starting spot as a rookie."
The accolades continued heading into 2010. However, Moore would have a bigger challenge on his hands as the UCLA defense was decimated by graduation. Moore has become a leader on the field and through seven games ranks third on the team in tackles and has one of the team's three interceptions so far in the season. The absence of a consistent pass rush has certainly diminished Moore's effectiveness this year. He has even practiced some at the corner position due to a lack of other options.
Moore has enough size and strength to play safety in the NFL, but his ability to also play corner is not a bad thing. If things keep going as they are, Moore's stock will likely drop a little bit, but he will be good in preseason workouts and should sneak into the first round if he opts to go pro early."
While Moore also mixed in three tackles for loss as a sophomore, showing scouts he can make plays against the run is something he must do this coming season. Some of that labor will have to take place in the weight room. At 6’1” he has more than enough length to compete for jump balls and knock away passes in coverage, but at just 195 pounds NFL teams would like to see him put on a good 15 to 20 pounds to bulk up his frame. Moore needs to work on block protection and become more aggressive when running downhill. Only if he can add the ability to disengage from blockers and become a more consistent tackler will he be considered a complete safety. Moore is a borderline first-round talent who is unlikely to slip out of the second round if he continues to progress.
This UCLA product is perhaps the most natural and instinctive safety in pass coverage in not just the Pac-10 conference, but all of college football. Standing at 6’1” Moore has excellent length and athleticism, allowing him an uncanny ability to break late on balls while they are still in the air and still find a way to make a play. And more often than not, those plays are interceptions as the Bruin led the nation with his 10 thefts in 2009. Moore is the rare college safety who can not only read the quarterback’s eyes, but is also cool enough not to give away his plan. This makes the passer feel safe enough to throw a route that Moore is in fact expecting.
Against the run Moore can be a timid at times and even flat-out ineffective. There are stutter steps when he challenges ball carriers in the open field, and when he actually does make a tackle instead of driving running backs back with a devastating blow he merely drags them down. Physically, Moore is thin and lacks strength. Perhaps he would be more aggressive if he added some muscle weight, but we won’t know until he does. If Moore can add 10-15 pounds of muscle and keep his pass coverage skills sharp while improving as a run stuffer he will have every chance to be a first round pick in next year’s draft, should he decide to skip his senior season."
Rahim Moore is exceptional in Coverage: Fluid, Quick, great Range, and tremendous Verticity ~ Turn + Burn.
However, he's not very physical, out there: an uninspiring Tackler, and weak against the Run.
Even so, he's a very natural Free Safety, has very good Instincts, and a penchant for Interceptions.
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