2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: LB Dylan Moses

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Dylan Moses has been a walking superstar most of his life. Walking by a park when he was seven years old and seeing his first-ever Pop Warner practice made him immediately fall in love with the game. The son of a well-known Louisiana attorney, Edward Moses, Jr. finally let his son play after begging him during the days afterward. His father played linebacker at Northwestern State and experienced a brief stint in the Arena League. Ever since a video surfaced of him running through a local little league team when he was nine years old, the world has tracked his career. His most notoriety came when LSU offered him as an eighth-grader. At just 14 years old, he received his first scholarship offer and it came from the hometown team—and he just so happened to be the youngest recruit that the program has ever offered a scholarship to. Labeled as the best singular talent in the Baton Rouge area of the past decade, there wasn’t any shortage of hype surrounding him. Moses spent the first three years of his high school career at University Lab High School. There, he played both running back and linebacker. The hype remained intact throughout his career and he ultimately decided to transfer to IMG Academy (FL) for his senior year (2016). Despite his recruiting process being historic, he remained committed to LSU. A pledge he made in 2013 (Sept.). It wasn’t until the firing of Les Miles that made the star linebacker change course. Committing to Alabama (Oct. 2016), there was plenty of backlash, mostly from his hometown fans. Moses suffered a torn ACL prior to the 2019 season (Aug. 27) that sidelined him the entire year.

Moses is a well-experienced linebacker who has spent time at all three linebacker spots. A hyper-athletic and agile second-level player, he’s a fast-flowing prospect that gobbles up opportunities in space. Moses has an athletic and chiseled upper body that contains extended limbs, but contains plenty of definition on them from top to bottom. He has broad shoulders and there’s still plenty of room for growth on his physique overall. He has plenty of body armor to withstand constant contact and the physical asking price of the position combined with his physical mindset. He's a supremely unique athlete at the position. He has true sideline-to-sideline range and it’s rare to see him outran. When able to diagnose plays cleanly, Moses flies downhill with reckless abandon. When having exposure to anyone with the opposite color jersey on, he’s looking to embarrass them in any way possible. He's terrific at keeping his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage, but when alleyways open, Moses is not hesitant with taking the slight crease and flying through it. He has above-average instincts combined with having what seems like a ball radar with his head. There isn’t a notch level of how often he dishes out contact because it’s always turned to its highest point. He's a heat-seeking missile that usually blows up whatever he comes into contact with. Hitting power is at an insanely high level in that when ball carriers come into contact with him, they know exactly who it was immediately. Moses is a face-up, chest-up tackler that runs his facemask through the opposition. There aren’t many times where he opts to tackle low or shy away from executing proper tackling techniques. There are few examples of where he shows bad technique or failure to wrap up. Ball carriers go down quickly after coming into contact with him.

Ideal Role: Starting SAM or WILL.

Scheme Fit: Moses is best in an attacking 4-3 where he can be used as a second-level defender on either the strong or weak side, but used routinely as a blitzing threat as well.

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