Morgan Moses a fit for New Orleans?

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Sep 28, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers offensive tackle Morgan Moses (78) blocks Pittsburgh Panthers linebacker Nicholas Grigsby (3) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh defeated Virginia 14-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

 

Quarterback Drew Brees took a lot of hits this past season. In fact he was sacked 37 times in 2013, which doesn’t take into account hurries and throwaways. If the Saints are serious about their playoff chances, they’ll need to improve their offensive line through the 2014 NFL Draft.

NFL.com media analyst Daniel Jeremiah, in his most recent mock draft, had the New Orleans Saints selecting offensive tackle Morgan Moses out of Virginia University in the first round. While an offensive tackle is certainly on the Saints shopping list, can Moses take the Saints offensive line to the Promised Land?

Strengths

Moses certainly looks the part and then some. At 6’6 and weighing 314 pounds, he has the kind of size you are looking for from an offensive tackle.  He has long arms to keep pass rushers at bay and regularly wins with his hands. Jeremiah noted that not only does he have the size to develop into a “upper echelon” right tackle; he also has the skill set.

Virgina has only ever had three true freshman tackles that started at offensive tackle. The New York Jets D’Brickshaw Ferguson, former Buffalo Bills guard Brad Butler, and Morgan Moses. He is surprisingly agile for his size, has the ability to sustain blocks, and has the strength and balance to explode from his hips and create movement in the run game.

Moses shows awareness when attacking the second level, finishing off linebackers and clearing holes for the running back. He has played both right tackle and left tackle in college and his above average arm length gives him the ability to recover against speed rushers.

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