Cowboys Draft Prospects: Rahim Moore
by rabblerousr on Apr 17, 2011 11:00 AM CDT in Dallas Cowboys 2011 Draft
This issue of our extended look at potential Dallas draftees examines the game of UCLA safety Rahim Moore. Moore burst onto the national scene in 2009 when he led all of college football with 10 interceptions. After that, many expected him to have a breakout 2010 campaign--one in which he would establish himself as a surefire first-rounder in the mold of Eric Berry and Earl Thomas. Instead, his game fell off considerably--so much so that many draft pundits were surprised when he declared for the draft when he still had one season of eligibility remaining.
That's not to say that his entire junior year was a bust. Moore started all 12 games, was a team captain, was third on the team in tackles (77). He was rewarded for his efforts with first-team All-American honors by the Sporting News and was named to the Nagurski and Lott Trophy as well as the Bednarik Award watch lists. However, Moore's potentionally burgeoning trophy case seems not to have impressed NFL scouts, who concede his athleticism (at UCLA's pro day, he ran a 4.16 short shuttle, showed excellent footwork, quickness, and ball skills), yet have some serious questions about his speed (his 40 times at the Combine were in the 4.5-4.6 range).