NFL Draft Profile: Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut

David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

One of the hottest names over the last three months and now as we enter into the final week before the draft is do-it-all LB Sio Moore of Connecticut. Here's my scouting report of him... written in late December.

I was watching SportsCenter within the last half-hour, and Mel Kiper was on, since, you know, it's that time of year. After profiling Ezekiel Ansah, the host asked him for an under-the-radar player who people aren't hyping as much as others but would present excellent "value" as a pick after the first round. Kiper's response: Sio Moore. Then, naturally, he went into a classic Kiper diatribe, doing his classic Kiper schtick, chock-full of dramatic pauses, voice inflections and gesticulations. He anointed Moore as a "solid second round pick" who might deserve to go higher.

STORY TIME! It was late December, I was a few weeks into my 2013 NFL draft evaluations, still very much in the early, information-gathering stages. I was watching a recording of the Maryland/Connecticut game on my DVR from September. This one player kept jumping off the screen, literally jumping as he exploded off the ground to bat down passes. He was unstoppable around the edge as a pass rusher, racking up 2.5 sacks, and showed tremendous pursuit in chasing the play. This dude was an athletic freak and made plays all over the field. I audibly said "wow" on three occasions. After the third such occasion, I paused the DVR and brought up the Connecticut football roster on ESPN.com, searching for #3. His name: Sio Moore. Luckily, draftbreakdown.com had three more of his games (NC State, Rutgers, Pittsburgh). Below is the resulting scouting report I wrote, which I may or may not have emailed to a current NFL GM. Since that time, two more cutups (Louisville, Temple) have been added, and I've taken a look at those, as well, but decided to stick with my original evaluation for the sake of this post. I have also updated his height/weight and workout numbers.

My conclusion that persists to today: Sio's a versatile player with legit ability who's a very impressive pass rusher due to explosion/power/leverage/bend/balance combination, but not developing more moves and being a one-trick pony with the bull rush will limit his overall effectiveness in this regard. Moore is an intriguing talent and three-down LB who can play multiple positions and fit in a variety schemes. However, his hot/cold motor and sometimes passive nature really aggravated me, and I don't feel his play on tape consistently matched up with the excellent workout numbers.

Name: Sio Moore
School: Connecticut
Height/Weight: 6006 / 245
Class: Sr. (redshirt)
40 Yrd Dash: 4.62
20 Yrd Dash: 2.64
10 Yrd Dash: 1.58
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 29
Vertical Jump: 38
Broad Jump: 10'07"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.31
3-Cone Drill: 7.49

502x600_medium

(via www.trbimg.com)

2012 games viewed: vs. NC State, @ Maryland, @ Rutgers, vs. Pittsburgh

Positives

Definitely talented and can be a force when engaged

Looks bigger than listed weight, strong

Versatile; can play with his hand in the ground or standing up, but is most comfortable when tasked with rushing the quarterback

Dangerous, effective blitzer with good timing

Not the smoothest athlete in space, but passable and has shown ability to hang with receivers in coverage

Impressive, explosive leaper who reads the quarterback well, active hands routinely get in passing lanes

Disruptive pass rusher; quick around the edge and dips shoulder to slip under offensive tackle while maintaining balance and momentum

Disruptive pass rusher; quick around the edge and dips shoulder to slip under offensive tackle.

Anticipates the snap really well, shows burst and can blow up plays before they even start; forces QB to get rid of the ball before he's ready and racks up tackles for loss

Drew some critical holding penalties (including one that negated a touchdown run for Rutgers: 1Q, 2:33 left, 3-0 Rutgers)

Ability to get leverage on OT when pass rushing jumps out, puts him on roller skates back into QB; typically does the same thing leverage-wise and uses hands well when taking on blocker in space, has a knack for pushing him into path of ball carrier

Always seems to be flowing to the ball

Can drop back and play in space, but is a little stiff -- I wouldn't say it's a strength, but not a prohibitive weakness either

Flashes football smarts and coverage awareness

Diagnoses screen passes immediately and has quickness to react before blocker can get to him

Durable, played and started in all 37 games over last 3 seasons

Negatives

Average tackler -- has moments where he soundly breaks down and wraps up ball carrier, has others where he tries to administer big hit but misses and takes himself out of the play

I thought he had adequate speed, but didn't strike me as a 4.63 guy (as listed on his NFLDraftScout.com page); can be a second late arriving

Not thrilled with his motor, will slow down especially if he doesn't make the play initially

Effort at end of play needs to be better, doesn't consistently finish enough

Not thrilled with his motor. Effort at end of play needs to be better.

Conditioning? Looks like he's tired, appears to labor at the end of some plays and that's why he couldn't/didn't finish

Doesn't have an array of moves when rushing the passer, relies mostly on speed and bull rush

Gets in position, but doesn't always make the play (see: dropped interception vs. Pittsburgh, tight coverage on #88 for NC State but can't make play on the ball and gives up completion)

Sometimes seems content to shadow the play and let teammate make the tackle while he just watches the pile

I've seen him take on offensive lineman with no problem but also get single-blocked by TE, RB, and WR

Will get caught cheating and trying to read the QB instead of sticking with his assignment in coverage

Tweener; what's his position at the next level? Does he fit best as a 3-4 OLB so he can rush the passer? Can he play inside in a 3-4, or is he SLB or WLB in 4-3?

Total tackle production declined in each of his three seasons as starter -- not sure if the reason is play- or scheme-related; TFL and sack numbers remained consistent, so I wonder how much reason there is for concern, especially without watching game tapes from 2010 and 2011

Forced 8 turnovers combined (4 INT, 4 FF) -- with 3 FR -- in 2010 and 2011, but 0 in 2012 (with 1 FR)

Value: 3rd-4th round

Stats (http://www.cfbstats.com/2012/player/164/1016056/tackle/split.html):
2009: 4 GP, 6 TT (2 solo), 1 TFL (1 yard)
2010: 13 GP, 110 TT (72 solo), 11.5 TFL (32 yards), 1.5 sacks (10 yards), 1 PD, 1 INT, 2 FF, 2 FR
2011: 12 GP, 86 TT (55 solo), 16 TFL (58 yards), 6.5 sacks (40 yards), 6 PD, 3 INT, 2 FF, 1 FR
2012: 12 GP, 72 TT (45 solo), 15.5 TFL (78 yards), 7.5 sacks (55 yards), 11 PD, 0 INT, 0 FF, 1 FR

Bio (http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/moore_sio00.html):
Full name: Snorsio Alston Moore
DOB: May 2, 1990
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Apex, North Carolina
High School: Apex High (Apex, NC)

"2011: Has more tackles than any other returning Husky ... started all 12 games last year at linebacker ... has started 21 games during his Husky career ... was the third-leading tackler on the 2011 Huskies with 86 and led the team with 16 tackles for a loss and was second with 6.5 sacks ... had a season-high 13 tackles vs. Louisville and also had ten vs. Pittsburgh (Oct. 26) ... his career high remains 17 tackles vs. West Virginia (Oct. 20, 2010) ... had 3.5 tackles for a loss of 21 yards at Vanderbilt (Sept. 10) ... all of those TFLs were also sacks ... was 21st in the country in tackles for a loss with 1.33 per game and was second in the BIG EAST.

2010: Two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week...Started nine of the final ten games of the season...Was the second leading tackler on the team with 110 stops...Was second on the team with 11.5 tackles for a loss and also had 1.5 sacks...Had 17 tackles in win over West Virginia (Oct. 29) and was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for the WVU game...Was also named the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Football Writers Association of America/Bronko Nagurski Award National Defensive Player of the Week...Also earned the Defensive Game Ball...Turned in double-digit tackles with 16 vs. Buffalo (Sept. 25), 12 vs. Rutgers (Oct. 8) and 10 vs. USF (Dec. 4)...Was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for the Buffalo game...Had an interception against Buffalo and a pair of forced fumbles vs. West Virginia.

2009: Saw action in four games ... Had six tackles on the season with one tackle for a loss ... Made three tackles with that tackle for a loss against Rhode Island (Sept. 26) ... also made a tackle against Ohio (Sept. 5), Pittsburgh (Oct. 10) and Syracuse (Nov. 28).

2008: Redshirted ... Named the Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week before the Louisville (Sept. 26), North Carolina (Oct. 4) and Syracuse (Nov. 15) games ... Named the Special Teams Scout Team Player of the Week before the Hofstra game (Aug. 28).
High School: Named all-area ... Played his freshman year at West Haven (Conn.) High School before moving to North Carolina."

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bleeding Green Nation

You must be a member of Bleeding Green Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bleeding Green Nation. You should read them.

Join Bleeding Green Nation

You must be a member of Bleeding Green Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bleeding Green Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker