2014 NFL Draft Profile: Virginia OT Morgan Moses

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles could look to add youth to their offensive line early in this year's draft.

The Eagles offensive line features three starters over the age of 30. At left tackle and both guard spots, the Eagles could look very different in a season or two. Jason Peters' contract is set expire after next season and Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis are due a lot of money in 2015. It can be argued that all three may be entering their final seasons with the Eagles and Herremans could possibly gone this summer.

While Allen Barbre is a nice backup, he is about to turn 30. Julian Vandervelde and Matt Tobin have yet to prove they belong as starters, while Dennis Kelly was a healthy scratch in all 16 games last season. The Eagles need youth and talent at swing tackle in preparation for a possible starting role in 2015. If the Eagles plan to address the role this season, Virginia's Morgan Moses may be a target.

College Career

A four-star recruit from Richmond, Virginia, Moses decided to stay local for college. He committed to the Cavaliers and played in 12 games (seven starts). As a true freshmen, he started six games at right tackle and one at right guard. Moses started all 13 games at right tackle as a sophomore.

As a junior, Moses played in 12 games (starting 11) at right tackle. He received Coaches All-ACC honorable mention for his performance. He would convert to left tackle as a senior. In his final year at Virginia, he started all 12 games at left tackle. Moses earned All-ACC third team honors for his work.

Strengths

Moses has the ability to get to second level in the run game. He has a huge body at 6-foot-6 1/8 and 325 pound. He gives his quarterback a lot of time to operate. He has some nastiness in the run game and can pull pretty well. He will absolutely never quit blocking. He stays up right and has pretty good balance for a big athlete. He is also deceptively quick for a large man and carries his weight well.

Weaknesses

He is definitely strong but not use his strength enough to finish blocks. He looks a bit stiff on tape and definitely gets away with holding a lot. He can cut block but is not that great at it and looks slow when doing it.

Eagles Outlook

The Eagles may view offensive line a major need to address in advance. While Peters played in all 16 games, he does have a long history of having injuries. It is important to be covered whenever the next shoe drops and drafting a guy Moses in the second round could be appealing to Chip Kelly. He has terrific size and athleticism so he fits the bill for the Eagles. While it is probably out of left field and the Eagles certainly have bigger current needs, it should not be considered out of the realm of possibility.

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