Moehrig's range and ball skills are just two reasons why he's the top safety prospect in this year's draft
TCU's Trevon Moehrig is the top safety prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Moehrig covers a lot of ground, possesses good ball skills, instincts, and should be able to help out in run support as well. It's not hard to see his potential, which is why Moehrig could end up being a late first-round pick.
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Trevon Moehrig Draft Profile
A pure center fielder, Moehrig is as good as it gets when it comes to pure range. With loose hips, long strides and good instincts, he moves with ease and covers a ton of ground as a single-high safety. He showed good route recognition early in his career, and that continued to improve through 2020. He looks like a wide receiver when tracking the ball downfield and consistently gets his head around in time when running with his back to it. He has an innate feel for high-pointing it and the natural hands to finish when he has a chance for an interception. He diagnoses quickly against the run and continued to improve attacking downhill last season. His length gives him a fairly large tackle radius, and he has the physical traits to stick his nose in and be effective against the run.
Tackling was an issue at times for Moehrig. He has the size and functional strength to get better in that area, but too often he shoots at a ball carrier’s ankles and fails to secure the tackle. In coverage, he’s better with his eyes on the backfield than coming down and matching up in the slot; he’s fast and fluid but doesn’t have great short-area quickness and can get too loose with his footwork when trying to mirror.
He’s not unlike Browns 2020 second-round pick Grant Delpit out of LSU, who checked all the boxes except for consistent tackling and fell out of Round 1. Moehrig is the best safety prospect in a relative down year at the position and has particular appeal for Cover-3 defenses. He could easily become a Pro Bowl player if his tackling issues get cleaned up.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round
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