A key member of two national championship-winning defenses at Alabama, Dylan Moses is sure to attract plenty of attention in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. The linebacker missed one season because of a torn ACL, but when he was on the field he made plenty of plays. While there's some risk because of his medical history, Moses looks the part and has the skills that should translate nicely to the next level.
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Dylan Moses Draft Profile
Moses, a key contributor on two national championship defenses at Alabama, is explosive and quick, and he plays with the kind of violent energy that stands out on the field. He has a prototypical build — tall with long arms — and that length, his twitchy athleticism and his power add up to excellent take-on skills. He has the range to make plays sideline-to-sideline, but he wants to attack downfield and get to the ball carrier in a hurry, and he has the traits to do that at the next level. He has a big tackle radius and packs some pop when he arrives at the ball carrier, and he’s excellent working in space. In the passing game, he’s at his best attacking as a blitzer, where he can get downhill and close fast.
Medicals will be the first hurdle for Moses, who missed the entire 2019 season with a torn ACL; he took a few weeks to get back up to speed early in the 2020 season, and durability is a potential issue. There were times at Alabama when he came off the field in obvious passing situations; he’s a capable blitzer and shows good instincts dropping as a zone defender, but he is a bit of a question mark when it comes to matching up in man.
Moses is a modern athlete with a throwback playing style, and he should at least be an early-down force who can stay on the field on third downs as a blitzer/zone defender. He’ll especially appeal to teams that play an odd front and want their linebackers to attack downhill.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round