Prospect: Sio Moore, OLB, ConnecticutSio Moore

Height: 6’0¾”

Weight: 245 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Combine numbers indicate higher level of athleticism than he shows on the field
  • Range due to open field speed merely average, will get outrun by faster backs and tight ends
  • Has an impressive burst to close on the football from a position of space or as a blitzer
  • Negligible foot quickness, but efficient with his first step
  • Controls his body commendably with terrific balance playing through contact
  • Developed strength in both upper and lower halves, plays like a bigger linebacker in the box as a result

Intelligence/Effort:

  • Decisive reactions to what he reads, comprehends what he sees very quickly
  • Very ball aware player in all aspects of his game, plays into strong gap discipline
  • As positionally diverse as a linebacker comes as far as college experience, played all imaginable linebacker positions and 4-3 defensive end
  • High motor in pursuit, made a number of tackles running down plays from the backside
  • Plays with selective physicality, only puts his body on the line if it’s clear that he has to

Pass Rush:

  • Heavy hands as a pass rusher with powerful initial punch, can work combination moves after
  • Efficient bending around the corner with proper flexibility, aids speed rush
  • Reads the eyes of the quarterback as a rusher, gives him immense timing for getting arms into passing lanes and batting balls
  • Height aids pad level as a rusher, but has size limitations matched up against bigger pass blockers

Run Support:

  • Picks his way through traffic well from the middle with plus hand usage and adequate foot quickness
  • Doesn’t naturally shed blocks quickly, can get pinned by blockers or take too long to disengage
  • Gets caught up with blockers and fails to set an edge on sweeps and tosses occasionally
  • Aggressive and effective coming forward to fill holes or penetrating to disrupt the backfield
  • Keeps inside/out leverage with disciplined run fits from in the box or from a position of space
  • Often penetrates into the backfield and redirects to chase, makes plays in the backfield as a result
  • Powerful tackler who can hit with high impact while wrapping
  • Has some tackling inconsistencies, will drop his head and lose eye contact, doesn’t always sink his hips

Coverage:

  • High level of experience and effectiveness in both man and zone coverage
  • Strong feel for man and ball in coverage, never totally abandoning one or the other with his eyes
  • Doesn’t play the ball as often as you’d like when in position to do so, also dropped a number of interceptions, questions about ball skills follow
  • Occasionally stops his feet and coverage and can be beat by double moves as a result

Overall:

Sio Moore is as pro-ready a linebacker as there may be in this year’s draft class.  By most accounts, he showed very well in the East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, and the NFL Combine.  He’s heavily experience with 31 career starts for the Huskies defense.  Those 31 starts have seen him lined up all over the field, from inside to outside linebacker in multiple defensive fronts, to edge rusher as a 4-3 defensive end.  He affects the game in a high number of ways, through coverage, as a run stopper, and as a pass rusher.  Moore has 44 career tackles for loss, 16 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 4 interceptions.  His versatility makes him a fit for nearly every defensive scheme out there, which will drive up his value on draft day.  His best fit is probably as a SAM linebacker in a 4-3 front, where he can make use of his skills as a blitzer and in pass coverage with a versatile role.  Moore’s varying skills and impressive production, backed up by strong showings in post-season events, will likely see him get pushed into the second round.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Sio Moore Scouting Report

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