By: Hussam Patel
Dylan Moses is an interesting case study for this draft class. He was seen back in 2018 as the clear cut #1 LB who could go in the first round of the NFL Draft. With injuries, he tumbled a few spots in my linebacker rankings, and he has not returned to his 2018 form yet. In the last three years at Alabama, Moses demonstrated who he is; a cruise missile deadlocking on a target that never misses.
He is an athletic and agile defender; he can move sideline to sideline in a jiffy, consistently working in space and feasting on defenders trying to work in space. When diagnosing plays, Moses locks onto his target and flies downhill to deliver a crushing blow. Most of the time he wins the battle, but can ultimately lose the war by recklessly taking on blocks when it's not needed.
There are times where he whiffs on a tackle or block, but his technique can be improved during the offseason to be a complete run stopper. The Crimson Tide product is not known to be good in coverage, and his worst tape was against Kyle Pitts. He can tackle in the open field, but he just can’t run with faster running backs and wide receivers; opposing ball carriers can gain a healthy amount of separation against him, particularly when teams run misdirection and extra blockers in the passing game.
If Moses doesn’t get a clean read, he is immediately ineffective on passing downs. If Moses polishes some pass rushing skills, he can be a three down Linebacker, serving as a primary run stopper and blitzer on 3rd downs. His ceiling can be like Ray Lewis but his floor right now is comparable to Myles Jack.