Hey Giants fans! As a college student, a lot of my time awake is spent during the night and early morning, taking care of tasks such as laundry and the rare (ha) assignment that I put off until the last minute. Well with my work taken care of, and the laundry already in the machine, I figured it'd be a great time to do a film study on a player who has grown on me tremendously over the past few weeks. Meet Morgan Moses, Virginia's 6'6, 314 lb Left Tackle.
Isn't that a massive human being? Moved over to Left Tackle for his Senior year, Moses proved to the nation that he had the bend, lateral speed, and footwork to play the blind side Tackle spot. For the first three years of his career, he started at Right Tackle, only missing two games in his entire college football career. His impressive amount of starts, his extreme size, and his surprising quickness are all evident in his Senior tape, and it's why he's moved up my board quite a bit.
My overall diagnoses of Moses is that he will be an excellent Right Tackle in the NFL, with the potential to slide over to Left Tackle if a team so desires. The first comparison I draw is D.J Fluker, former Alabama Right Tackle whom was taken 11th overall by the Chargers in last year's draft. Fluker may have been the only rookie Tackle better than our very own Justin Pugh. The reason for the Fluker comparison isn't simply due to girth, although it's a big part of it, but also the arm length and mauling run blocking. Moses possesses arms that are 35 3/8th" while Fluker's arms measured out at 36 3/4". While Fluker still has more than an inch on Moses's arms, Moses still has an incredible reach. He uses that to his advantage when punching out, not letting defenders into his body. His wide frame also makes it nearly impossible for rushers to fake to the outside with a stab/stutter step, and then try to come across his face with an inside rip move.
But enough of that, lets get to the film! This film is a short one, and it highlights the greatest area of concern that I had about about Moses, and that is his ability to neutralize speed rushers. Here Moses is going up against Clemson's speed rush specialist, Vic Beasely. For reference, simply keep your eyes on the Left Tackle position at all times, as he's not constantly highlighted throughout the video.
Play One (0:00-0:10) - Moses does a good job taking his lateral step left and anchoring into position. No pressure here.
Play Two (0:11-0:17) - Almost identical to the last play, expect Moses lets Beasley get under his pads just a bit. While the weight differential means it's very unlikely that Beasley will get off this block, or push Moses into the QB, it's something you don't want to make a habit of.
Play Three (0:18-0:29) - Moses's assignment is to cut Beasley here and protect the backside of the play. He does a good job of getting Beasley to the ground, but the runner gets caught up in the backfield because the rest of Clemson's defense played the ball well, and there's not much more you can expect Moses to do here.
Play Four (0:30-0:39) - I'd say this is the first "bad" play for Moses. He kicks out well initially, but Beasley ends up getting the edge. Instead of locking his arms onto Beasley and driving him away from the play, he gives Beasley a shove and almost allows him to loop around and get the QB from behind. Have to lock on and drive those feet!
Play Five (0:40-0:47) - Anyone who has played on the O-Line might get a chuckle from this play (or hey, maybe I'm just a bit weird). Watch how Moses takes his reach step to the right, and puts his butt to the runner. It's a blocking technique that gets absolutely drilled into your head throughout practice, so much so that your reach step becomes very robot-like. That's exactly what I see from Moses here, that robot reach step. But hey, it works here, as he successfully gets his butt to the runner and makes his man a non-factor.
Play Six (0:48-0:56) - An issue that might possibly arise in the NFL. Second level blocking. It's hard for a big man to release into the Linebackers and lock on to a moving target, but it's something that must be executed. Here Moses whiffs on his man, and does the dreaded "turn around and watch". It's a hard habit to fight, but if you whiff, you keep on going and look for someone else to hit. Who knows, maybe your runner makes a play and needs you further downfield. Not a good play here.
Play Seven (0:57-1:05) - A good pass block here, gets a bit of help on the edge but doesn't need it. He's got his arms locked on to Beasley, and it's game over for the DE when that happens with Moses.
Play Eight (1:06-1:14) - Gets to the second level here, and does a better job of getting a piece of the Linebacker. Not excellent, but just enough. Either way, it was a fake dive with the QB bootlegging for a Touchdown. Can't give Moses a bad play here.
Play Nine (1:15-1:25) - A standard issue pass block here, doesn't allow any pressure. Good play.
Play Ten (1:26-1:33) - I'm a tad bit concerned with Beasley getting the edge here, but Moses does a good job with his second effort, and locks on to Beasley, driving him past the QB and out of the play. This is exactly what I wanted from him in regards to Play Four.
Play Eleven (1:34-1:45) - A double team pass block here, with the QB rolling out to Moses's side. The TE needs to stay on his block a bit longer here, and keep his QB clean. Beasley slips off, and as fast as he is, he could have possibly made a play here. No blame on Moses, as he wasn't the one who Beasley slid off of.
Play Twelve (1:46-1:53) - Moses gets his butt to the runner on that robotic reach step, but he doesn't do a good job driving his man down field. It's a running play, have some fun and bury someone!
Play Thirteen (1:54-2:04) - Now I can't be sure, but I think it was Moses's job to fake the drive block, and then swing around and make a block in open space. Either that, or he forgot that he wasn't supposed to drive block. A hard play to grade.
Play Fourteen (2:05-2:13) - With TE help, Moses allows himself to pass off Beasley to his helper, and does a good job of sealing off any possibility for a comeback inside move.
Play Fifteen (2:14-2:23) - It's a screen, so I figured Moses would be releasing. Instead he gets beat to the outside and almost gets the QB sacked. Bad play here, but it's the first time Moses has ever really allowed his QB to feel truly uncomfortable.
Play Sixteen (2:24-2:30) - Moses gets to the second level here, and gets a piece of his man. Unfortunately a piece isn't enough here. The LB slips off and is in position to make the play if the runner advances any further.
Play Seventeen (2:31-2:39) - A good pass block, gets locked onto his target and drives him out of the play.
Play Eighteen (2:40-2:47) - Another good pass block, no pressure.
Play Nineteen (2:48-2:55) - More of the same, locked on to Beasley, no pressure. Good pass block.
Play Twenty (2:56-3:05) - A very good blitz pick up here. Not only properly recognizes his assignment, but when the blitzing LB runs into Moses, he immediately gets repelled backwards forcefully. Here's the evidence that Moses is a very strong man. I like it.
Play Twenty-One (3:06-3:14) - Moses doesn't anchor his feet here, and it shows as he gets pushed backwards a lot more than he should. Still, no real pressure. This is where immense size comes into play.
Play Twenty-Two (3:15-3:23) - The first really good release to the second level that I've seen from him on this film. Not only does he get all of the Linebacker, but he manhandles him and pushes him way away from the play. More of that mauling ability on display.
Play Twenty-Three (3:24-3:36) - I reckon Moses doesn't release on some screens, as this is the second RB screen where he stays in to protect the QB. Lets Beasley get a little too close, which is similar to what happened on the last RB screen. Maybe he's afraid of pushing Beasley into the RB? Not sure here.
Play Twenty-Four (3:37-3:46) - Just enough movement to draw a false start. Everybody gets one, so Moses gets a pass here.
Play Twenty-Five (3:47-3:57) - Here Moses actually releases on the screen, but doesn't get there in time to get in front of the defender that makes first contact on the receiver. At the end of the play you can tell Moses is frustrated with himself.
Play Twenty-Six (3:58-4:14) - Ah, getting away with the hold. A crime, or an art? As a former Tackle, I vote for the latter. You can tell Moses has a handful of jersey on the replay, and doesn't allow Beasley separation from him. If it gets called, it's a dumb play, if it doesn't, it's a good block. So good block by Moses here.
Play Twenty-Seven (4:14-4:20) - Seems to purposefully let the defenders go by him. I guess that was designed? Not sure what was going on with this play.
After watching this film, I'm sold on the fact that Moses can play either Left or Right Tackle in the NFL, but I'm thinking he should be a right side guy. He's got the raw power, and he can only get stronger. Beasley seemed to never be able to disengage from this man, and while Beasley is a smaller edge rusher, you can't discredit Moses's size and strength. I believe he'll do phenomenally well against the LDE's of the league, setting the edge on run plays and neutralizing blitzes and pass rushes in general. While a move to the left side is possible, if he were to be taken by the Giants, I'd prefer Pugh to go to the left side, as he has better "mirror" footwork that can shut down RDE's.
Pass Blocking: B+: Sometimes doesn't get a quick enough kick step out laterally, and has to make up for it with his arm length. That's the only area I have concerns with.
Run Blocking: B+: This would definitely be an A if not for the problems he seems to have at the second level. A coach needs to work with him on not lunging towards the LB's at the second level, and really have him focus on squaring his hips up with the defender and driving him to the sidelines.
As a draft prospect, Morgan Moses is a late first round, early second round pick in my book. But with this being a deep draft, and if the QB's go early in the second as opposed to early in the first (entirely possible with this QB class), there's a good chance Moses might make it to our second round pick. He's not as polished as some of the other Tackles in this class, but he's definitely got the potential to be just as good as anyone else at his position.
If the Giants were to take Moses, I believe we kick Pugh inside to either Guard or possibly Center, and automatically possess a very nasty Offensive Line. If Will Beatty begins to play poorly, kick Pugh out to Left Tackle, have Moses as our Right Tackle, and have an interior of Schwartz-Walden(possibly)-Snee. No matter what, I believe Moses would instantly upgrade our Offensive Line, and he'd be my favorite candidate for our second round pick if he's available.