Corbin Smith

Seahawks Draft Central- Morgan Moses, OT Virginia

Created on Apr. 18, 2014 6:58 PM EST



STRENGTHS: Moses brings a lot of experience with him into the NFL after starting at left tackle for the Cavaliers the past three seasons and is coming off an outstanding practice week as a Senior Bowl participant. He's only missed one start due to injury and his durability would be a welcomed commodity for many teams. Has great technique against fast edge rushers by properly extending his long arms and keeping defenders at bay. He's not the most aggressive lineman in this draft class, but he plays from whistle to whistle and provides strong effort every down. His greatest asset may be his quickness at the snap of the ball, as he excels at latching onto linebackers at the second level of the defense as a run blocker.

WEAKNESSES: Moses is a solid pass protector and run blocker, but he's not elite at either trade. He's a steady performer who has struggled at times with decisiveness and ended up whiffing on key blocks as a result. This problem can be seen in film fairly frequently, and he needs to exhibit better understanding of the blocking scheme to blossom at the next level. While he's improved leaps and bounds against finesse rushers, he's had more problems stopping great bull rushing defensive linemen. If he gets beat off the snap, he often doesn't react quick enough to recover. Moses also came to Virginia weighing 350 pounds and has battled weight issues his entire playing career, which could scare away some teams.

WHERE HE FITS: After Breno Giacomini left to join the Jets in free agency, the Seahawks now have a starting spot open at right tackle. Second year tackles Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie ended up seeing a lot of snaps last year thanks to a large number of injuries up front and will get the first crack at competing to replace Giacomini. If the team feels comfortable with these two players filling that void, Seattle may wait until later in the draft to pick a tackle. However, after Moses and Antonio Richardson come off the board, there's a huge drop-off for offensive linemen, so that would be a risky move if the franchise has any reservations about Bowie or Bailey being a starter. An experienced, mature player, Moses would be able to step in right away and line coach Tom Cable could groom him into a quality starter for years to come.
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