A 4-star recruit out of Alabama, Jeremiah Moon played his college football at Florida where he spent six seasons. He suffered a season-ending injury as a true freshman in 2016 that earned him a medical redshirt and then took advantage of a super senior season due to a foot injury late in the 2020 campaign that required surgery. Moon is a edge/linebacker hybrid for the Gators defense with good length and a gangly frame. His best moments come when he can shoot gaps while using his quickness and length to make an impact. With that said, he lacks mass, functional strength, block deconstruction skills, and there is another level of urgency that can help take his game to the next level. Moon is calculated in coverage and lacks a mastery of any one role. I think his best path at the next level is to serve as a sub-package defender that can be used situationally to shoot gaps and impact coverage spacing with his length in short areas. I’d also love to see him develop into an asset on kick and punt coverage to increase his value and opportunity to be an active player on game day. Moon is far from a clean projection to the next level but there are ways he can find success.
Ideal Role: Sub-package hybrid defender and special teams
Scheme Fit: Odd front
Written by Joe Marino
Games watched: Alabama (2021), Tennessee (2021), Vanderbilt (2021), Georgia (2021)
Best Game Studied: Vanderbilt (2021)
Worst Game Studied: Tennessee (2021)
First Step Explosiveness: Moon has good quickness but he doesn’t maximize it. He is wobbly out of his stance and often is required to have a false step to gather himself as he releases from his stance. He is inconsistent with his ability to anticipate the snap.
Flexibility: Moon features a long and gangly frame, so changing directions can be elongated given his high hips. He does show the ability to corner the outside hip of offensive tackles once the angle is softened but lacks the power to truly collapse the angle.
Hand Counters: Moon competes to deploy his hands and he does have a fair amount of moves that he deploys. With that said, he works overtime to get off blocks and his fluidity in unleashing combinations is inconsistent. Overall, he struggles to get off blocks and keep his pads clear.
Length: Moon has plenty of length and is fully capable of tackling outside of his frame, maintaining separation from blocks and getting his hands into throwing windows. With that said, he doesn’t consistently maximize his length and weaponize it on the field.
Hand Power: Moon has sufficient pop in his hands but doesn’t impress with his ability to create an initial jolt and control reps. His hands are too easily displaced and it can be a struggle for him to soften angles and clear contact.
Run Defending: Moon has to be a strong-side run defender that faces tight ends in the run game because he lacks the power and mass to exchange with offensive tackles. His best moments as a run defender come when he can shoot a gap and use his quickness/length to slip blocks and make a play.
Effort (Motor): Moon doesn’t take plays off and gives good effort but there is a second gear that is missing. I want to see him play with more urgency and intent when he has a chance to finish and pursue the football.
Football IQ: Moon is a reactive player that doesn’t impress with his ability to sharply process and respond. There is plenty of meat left on the bone when it comes to reading the set of blockers and understanding how to best attack. There are too many body-to-body pass rush reps, calculations in coverage, and lack of technique to clear contact.
Lateral Mobility: Moon moves well laterally but when he is forced to redirect is when he gets in trouble, and those transitions are elongated. He is super calculated when searching for his coverage landmarks and overall, he lacks coordination.
Versatility: Moon’s lack of functional strength and mass presents challenges when playing him on the line of scrimmage and he must be a strong side player. I like him as a gap shooter on defense. He would be well-served by embracing a lead role on kick and punt coverage to provide his NFL team an X-factor on special teams while being allowed to develop.
TDN Consensus: 68.50/100 (Sixth Round Value)
Marino Grade: 68.50/100
Sanchez Grade: 68.50/100