Quentin Moses toyed with the idea of being a two sport athlete originally. After spending time with the basketball team as a freshman, he realized his future was on the gridiron. As a redshirt freshman in 2003, Moses racked up 37 tackles, 4.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks, earning All SEC Freshman honors. He became more of a playmaker as a sophomore, going for 7.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks, to go along with 23 tackles. As many players do, Moses broke out as a junior. He posted career highs with 44 tackles, 20.5 for loss, and 11.5 sacks. His numbers dipped this year, as he had just 3.5 sacks to go along with 31 tackles, 10.5 of them coming for loss.
Pound for pound, Moses is one of the elite athletes in the draft. He has fantastic agility, quickness, and speed on the football field. He has the athletic talent to be a true standout off the edge in the NFL. He is not just an athlete though. He has a great burst off the snap, and once he gets a step on the tackle, is in the backfield to bring down the ball carrier. Moses shows the ability to get after the passer, but has the awareness to see the run play and get to the back.
As with most ‘tweeners,’ Moses lacks the bulk to be effective in running situations. He can be driven off the ball because of his long and lanky frame. He will need to bulk up to be more of an all around threat, and to be on the field as much as possible. He also needs to play with more passion, as he seems to wander at times during the game.
Quentin Moses entered the year neck and neck with Gaines Adams, but he slid a bit this year. Adams appears to be the top end on most boards now, and Moses is considered a second or third round talent. His poor season, and less than stellar workouts have pushed him down the boards. He still shows the athleticism and quickness on the field to develop, he’s just more of a project than most thought entering the year.