Rahim Moore used a breakout 2009 season to vault his way onto NFL Draft boards. A free safety with good size, Moore has ball skills that are unmatched in this class of safeties. His ball skills combined with great hands and great speed easily put Moore at the top of this class. A junior season which saw his interception total drop from 10 to just 1 has many scouts questioning whether Moore is a one-year wonder. While that remains to be seen, the skill set he possesses should quite easily land Moore in the 2nd round as the first safety taken.
Moore’s ball skills are truly top notch. He has great hands (he played wide receiver in high school) which combined with excellent speed allows him to make plays on the ball that few safeties can. His 10 interceptions as a sophomore were the most by any FBS player since 2003. He covers a huge amount of ground in the pass game which allows him to react late and still make plays. The biggest question remains why his interception statistics dropped so dramatically in 2010. First, teams were certainly more aware of him as a player and game planed accordingly. And second, interceptions are a roller coaster stat the certainly don’t fully define a players impact.
Moore was used sparingly in man coverage during his career at UCLA. The times I witnessed Moore play in man coverage he looked decent. But you have to assume that the UCLA staff wasn’t all that comfortable placing him in that situation. He is not a particularly physical player and could get pushed around a bit by larger wide receivers. I do think that Moore can be an effective player in man coverage given the opportunity to do so, along with a few added pounds to his frame. He has speed combined with fluid hips to keep up with fast wide receivers and the balls skills to be effective in this area.
Zone is where Moore seems most comfortable and where he spent most of his time at UCLA. He’s equally comfortable in 2-deep or single-high looks and has the speed to cover sideline-to-sideline. Moore is most effective playing the deep ball which allows him to flash his speed, balls skills and hands. He has a tendency in zone coverage to be confused by complex offensive formations which causes him to react late at times.
Moore is a sound tackler with fluid hips who squares up well and uses the combination of his arms and legs to make the play. Bigger players give him trouble so he needs to get stronger and add some bulk to him frame which should be able to handle added size. He was used a lot more close to the line of scrimmage in his junior season and rewarded UCLA with a career-high 71 tackles.
To be effective in run support Moore will need to add some bulk to his frame. He has not been particularly effective in this area in college but showed some improvement in his junior season which is a positive sign. While he doesn’t shy away from contact, Moore doesn’t seek it out either and will need to become a more aggressive player as he transitions into the NFL. His speed allows him to make some plays in the running game and he generally takes good angles to the ball in pursuit. He does not shed blocks well which is indicative of his lack of strength.
Fluid hips allow Moore to quickly turn and run in coverage and his change of direction is great. He plays free safety like a wide receiver and understands how to run routes which makes him even more effective. He is long and smooth and just generally looks like a great athlete playing football’s center field position.
This is an area in which I’ve been generally disappointed in what Moore shows on film. I feel he has the size to be a physical player but doesn’t show it on game day. He came to UCLA at 190 lbs. and has barely added any bulk to that frame. He doesn’t bring an intimidating presence to the defensive backfield and is passive in the run game. A NFL team will have to convince him to add a bit of size and become more aggressive and if he does so this area of his game can improve.
Size, Speed, Strength & Agility
Speed is Moore’s game and he has great size and a great frame that can add some bulk. I expect him to be able to run between 4.4-4.5 in the 40. He is underwhelming as a physical player, however, and needs to take the aggression up a notch. His explosion shows when he breaks on a pass as he can get to top speed very quickly out of his breaks.
Moore did not miss a game in any season in college and started all 37 games he played.
A team captain in 2010, Moore exudes all of the qualities of a person with great character. Well spoken, confident and smart, he was the unquestioned leader of UCLA’s defense this past season. He seems truly passionate about the game of football and loves to talk about it whenever possible.
Seeing as though he never missed a game and started all 37 games he played, I don’t question Moore’s toughness. He won’t seek out contact but isn’t afraid of it by any means. He will never be described as a physical player, but that’s not his game. He is tough when he needs to be and furthermore plays with a great motor and passion for the game.
Moore has the ability to be a starting free safety in the NFL. Teams will fall in love with his balls skills and passion for the game of football. There are improvements in his game to be made, but we will be an eager learner and those improvements will happen with time. He will be best served not starting from day one, but if forced to do so he will be an effective player. He may get beat at times but will also make spectacular plays on the ball and cause turnovers.
2010: Played in all 12 games; compiled 71 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 1 interception.
2009: Played in all 13 games; compiled 49 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 10 interceptions.
2008: Played in all 12 games; compiled 60 tackles and 3 interceptions.
Sociology major at UCLA.
Awards & Honors
2010: Named first-team All-America by the Sporting News, First team All-Pac-10, Third-team Associated Press All-American, Thorpe Award semifinalist, Phil Steele Mid-Season All-American.
2009: Selected first-team All-America by scout.com, second-team All-America by the Walter Camp Foundation, second-team All-America by the Associated Press, First-team All-Pac-10, named the Pac-10 Defensive MVP by The Sporting News, Named co-defensive winner of UCLA’s Henry R. “Red” Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player, Thorpe Award honorable mention.
2008: Named to rivals.com All-Pac-10 Freshman team, CollegeFootballNews.com honorable mention Freshman All-American, All-Pac-10 honorable mention, Defensive co-winner of UCLA’s John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year.
Lettered in track in high-school. 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.
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