Scouting report: William Moore

William Moore

6'1, 226 pounds | Missouri | Free safety

Strengths: Possessing all the tools of a solid free safety, Moore is a highly coachable talent who still has some upside. After beginning his career as a cornerback, Moore has bulked up and became a talented safety. Moore is a physical player who likes to support against the run. Plays very fast and makes plays all around the field. Keeps an eye in the backfield which allows him to break quickly on the ball. Very strong. One of Missouri's team captains for his senior season.

Weaknesses: Moore is a gambling free safety who can make or break a secondary. He aggressively attacks the ball in the air. In 2007, that aggression made him one of the top defensive playmakers in the nation with eight interceptions. In 2008, however, he was routinely burned and only had one interception. Struggles when he has to play man coverage against a receiver. Bites hard on the double move. An undisciplined tackler. Leads into the ball carrier with his shoulder instead of wrapping up. Gets a lot of garbage tackles.

Final word: Moore is the case of a player who may have been best served coming out following his junior year when he looked like a top-15 pick. His stock plummeted after playing injured during a senior season in which his deficiencies were showcased. However, he still has great potential due to his ability to play the run and pass equally well. With good coaching, Moore could be a solid starter in the pros.

Round projection: 2

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