Photo of Avery Moss
Drafted By: Giants

Combine Results

Grade
5.44 ?
  • 4.79 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.25 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.43 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Getting to the quarterback is a must nowadays, but especially in the NFC East. Moss has one of the higher ceilings among the pass rushers selected at this stage of the draft. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 34 1/2" Arm Length
  • 264LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/8" Hands

Overview

Nebraska had high hopes for Moss when he arrived on campus, an All-Arizona pick in both football and basketball (he had 18 points, 21 rebounds, and four blocks in a state title game victory his senior year). His freshman season was derailed by a shoulder injury three games in, however. Moss heavily contributed the following year, starting three contests and making eight tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, even scoring a touchdown on a 25-yard interception return. An off-field incident where he reportedly exposed himself to a fellow student caused him to be dismissed from campus, missing the 2014 football season. His former coach at Nebraska, Bo Pelini, gave him a second chance at Youngstown State the past two seasons. After taking a part-time role in 2015, (two starts, 4.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks), Moss earned a starting role across from fellow NFL draft prospect Derek Rivers. In 15 games he had 59 tackles, 17.5 for loss, 10.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles on his way to first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference accolades.

Analysis

Strengths

Long-limbed and does something with it. Can be slippery with ability to slide off a centered block and work towards the edge. Pulls himself around a block. Very good athlete with loose, explosive hips. Twitch to disengage quickly and lay into a ball-carrier. Recruited by colleges as basketball player as well. Can unlock and chase to the perimeter or from the backside with plus acceleration. Combines upper body flexibility, foot quickness and length for fast wins in pass rush. Shoulder dip around edge is his go-to move. Burst to the quarterback will catch your eye.

Weaknesses

Too reliant upon athleticism at point of attack. Needs to learn to set and control the edge with greater force. Underdeveloped instincts against the run. Plus arm length is somewhat negated by basic hand skills as pass rusher. Hands work a little wide and go dormant at the top of the rush. Hasn't learned to clear his frame when blockers land first. Wasn't challenged enough since move from Nebraska. Character must be vetted. Banned from Nebraska's campus in 2014 following 2012 incident where he exposed himself to female student.

Draft Projection

Round 7-PFA

NFL Comparison

Robert Ayers

Bottom Line

Moss is an ascending prospect who possesses the length and juice off the edge expected of open-side rusher. His big closing burst can be felt against both the run and pass and he translates to either 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 rush linebacker. Moss was productive at both Nebraska and Youngstown and his traits could lead to continued success as an eventual NFL starter.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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