When the Raiders took Sio Moore with the 66th overall pick in the 2013 draft, former Raiders player and Hall of Famer Willie Brown, who was announcing for the Raiders, gave the pick as “Sio Moore, linebacker, Connecticut.”
You can watch the video of the selection, here.
However, Moore is not just a linebacker. UConn, who boasted a strong defense in 2012, used him as a defensive end at times, too. He is a very versatile player and Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver will be able to use that versatility in a number of different ways.
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie acknowledged that they will use Moore in a variety of positions. When he was asked, right close after the draft ended, about the pass-rush needs, he said, “We think the third-round pick, Sio, can come off the edge a bit.”
Looking at this tape, it does appear that Moore can not only come off the edge but also can play either of the outside linebacker positions well. Here is what the tape shows for the Raiders third-round selection.
Moore has decent but not great size. He also lacks top end speed which definitely limits him in coverage.
He is willing to engage with tight ends in coverage but he will not be able to hang with faster TE’s because he lacks the ability to match the better ends’ straight-line speed.
He also struggles in space to follow his man on complicated routes and so he ends up a few steps behind his man, more than enough space for a good QB to fit a pass.
He operates much better in space when he’s in a zone scheme because he’s very good at reading and reacting. In fact, the ability to diagnose plays and put himself in a position to be a factor is one of his biggest strengths.no comments