2021 NFL Draft Prospects: Trevon Moehrig-Woodard

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Nov 2, 2019; Stillwater, OK, USA; TCU Horned Frogs safety Trevon Moehrig (7) turns to run after an interception during the fourth quarter of the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium. Oklahoma State defeated TCU 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Trevon Moehrig-Woodard is a Safety from Texas Christian University, measuring 6’2″ and 203lbs. Moehrig was the 2020 Jim Thorpe Award recipient, which is awarded to the nation’s top Defensive Back in college football, as well as being a 2-time First Team All-Big 12 (in 2019 and 2020). In a fairly weak Safety class, Moehrig is the top safety on my board.

Strengths: Trevon Moehrig-Woodard does have solid height, standing at 6’2″, but I would like to see him be a little thicker (currently, he is 203 lbs). I think this is easily achievable by putting on that weight in an NFL weight room. As a Safety, Moehrig displays a very high football IQ. He shows good ability to diagnose routes, and displays the ability to be a leader on defense by getting others in the right position if they are lined up incorrectly in the back end. His ability to diagnose routes in front of him allows himself to be in a good enough position to make a play on the ball. He displays good ball skills, as he shows good ability in locating the ball in the air and either intercepting it or knocking it down. He has the athleticism too, displaying a quick hip flip to turn and run with the WRs downfield. He also has good speed, as he has shown to make up ground on the WR if he is beat initially. He has good explosiveness and a downhill burst when reacting to the ball being thrown. Moehrig shows that he has good range too, as he can cover the whole back-end while sitting back and watching pass plays develop, and is at his best while in zone coverage. He has a good backpedal, and can move laterally in coverage with ease. Moehrig shows a willingness to fill holes on the edge, and also displays effort in the run game. Moehrig plays with energy and aggressiveness, which can benefit him greatly but also hurt him if he’s not being careful.

Weaknesses: Speaking of his aggression, he has shown to be a little too aggressive at times. Sometimes, in man coverage, he can bite on the first cut and end up getting beat by a double move. He is also too aggressive in tackling, as he seems to be always looking for those big hits to try to knock the ball loose, which can lead to some inconsistencies (while not being too awful, though). Sometimes, he does wrap up and bring guys to the ground; however, he will also go in for that big hit and end up getting knocked off, which causes a missed tackle and leads to a big gain by the offensive player. That’s a big issue for someone who is supposed to be the last line of defense! Another issue in the tackling department is his poor pursuit angles; probably a result of his his aggressive nature, these inconsistent angles also lead to missed tackles. Being more consistent in tackling will determine his success at the next level.

Bottom Line: Moehrig is mentally set and displays a high football IQ with a great ability to diagnose plays. He is also very athletic, is at his best while being deep in zone coverage, and has good acceleration and burst to the ball. He has good ball skills and plays an aggressive game. However, this aggression can cause him problems while in pursuit as well as in tackling (as he goes for big hits and misses at times, or just isn’t able to wrap up his man properly). While he does have the skills and ability, his inconsistency while tackling shows that he has to be on his game all the time, or else he will be a liability as the last line of defense. In a weak Safety class, Moehrig will be one of the first ones off the board, and he can be a quality starter in the league.

Grade: 2.5.

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