NFL Prospect Focus: Morgan Moses and Cyril Richardson
Morgan Moses – Tackle – Virginia
Moses is a fifth-year senior and a four-year starter for Virginia. He started 43 games and has played both right and left tackle. 2013 was the first season he played at left tackle. He also played in the 2014 Senior Bowl where he lined up at left tackle.
Moses has great size. At the Senior Bowl, he measured 6061 – 325 with 34.75” arms. He is a massive man with good upper and lower bulk. He is a good, but not great, athlete for his size. He has good straight-line quickness and speed, but his change of direction is average, especially when he plays in space. The one thing that stands out is his balance. He is seldom on the ground.
Moses plays form mostly a two-point stance but will line up in a three-point at times. Watching tape, I like the way he comes off the ball better when he comes out of a three-point stance. Morgan is more strong than explosive but because of his size and strength he is able to generate movement with run blocks. He is best when making a down block or when his opponent lines up head up on him. He has long arms with good hand use and keeps his feet moving on contact. He struggles getting out to the second level. He looks mechanical trying to adjust on the move and doesn’t consistently make a productive block. He will miss on occasion. He does a better job with pulls. While he still looks a bit mechanical and is not very fast, he is efficient.
In pass protection, he can set with good quickness and has a strong punch. While he doesn’t have great lateral agility, he knows how to keep good position on his opponent. He shows he can play with some bend, but he would be better served if played with a little more knee bend. Moses can shuffle his feet and recover back to the inside versus counter moves. He gets in trouble when he gets tall and doesn’t have proper position. He then tends to over extend to stay with the block. Because of his size and bulk, he can be difficult to bull rush.
I don’t see Moses playing left tackle in the NFL. His athleticism is more conducive to playing on the right side. He will be an early starter in the league and, perhaps, a rookie starter. If there is a run on offensive linemen like last year, he has a chance to get drafted in the first round, but I believe his true value is in the top 10 picks of the second round.
Cyril Richardson – Guard – Baylor
I saw tape of Richardson both before and after my look at the Senior Bowl, and I believe that his play at Baylor was far better than his play in Mobile. Richardson is a fifth-year senior and a three-year starter at right guard. He measured 6044 – 343 with 33.87” arms at the Senior Bowl.
Needless to say, he is a huge man, but I see only an average athlete. He has some straight-line quickness, but he lacks speed and his change of direction is average. I would estimate his speed at about 5.55.
On tape, Richardson can get low in his stance and shows fairly good initial quickness. That wasn’t the case at the Senior Bowl, where I thought he was tall in his stance and showed just average initial movement. At Baylor, he showed good initial contact and was able to generate movement because of his size and strength. He was inconsistent getting to the second level because he lacks top change of direction and adjust-on-move ability. He was adequate on short pulls, but struggled with long pulls because of his lack of speed and agility. At the Senior Bowl, he played very straight legged and was not able to get the movement I saw on tape. He also struggled in space.
In pass protection, he has a good punch and can anchor because of his size, but he, again, has a tendency to get to straight legged. He flashes knee bend. You just don’t see it on a consistent basis. When he plays without bend, he can have a tendency to over-extend and fall off his blocks. He has adequate feet to slide and recover.
Richardson has talent. He is just too heavy. If he can get his weight down to about 320, he has a chance to be a starter in the NFL. He flashes being able to do all the things required to be a winning guard in the league, but to be a consistent player and play to that level, he needs to have more mental discipline and control his weight. Right now, I see him as a mid-round pick.
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