At 6’6″ 325lbs Virginia senior OT Morgan Moses is the ideal size to replace Zach Strief as the starting RT for the Saints. Moses is ranked as one of the top Offensive Tackles coming out of college this year. Strange to hear that being that we rarely did not hear any mention of his name during the season, right? Wrong. For offensive lineman it’s best that their names aren’t called, that means their doing their jobs effectively.
For his colossus size, Moses is very agile on his feet, has great initial punch, ideal length, and good strong hands. Perfect in pass protection. Watching film, he shows the ability to absorb the bull rush and eliminate the quicker pass rushers once they dip their shoulders to try to get around him. Ideal for the Saints scheme.
As a run blocker Moses attempts to use brut strength to hold his blocks and rarely worries about technique. He does have an issue with bending at the hips and knees and getting to the second level to block. Developmental traits that he’ll be able to learn from veterans like Jhari Evans and Ben Grubbs.
Many people compare Moses to Denver OT Ryan Clady. He has the ability to be a rising star and maybe one day the a great blindside blocker. Essentially the Saints would need him to be more of an anchor on the right side since the team still has a great developmental piece in OT Terron Armstead. Last year Armstead was seen as the most agile OT in the draft, having unheard of speed for a man his size.
The Saints would instantly become one of the most intriguing offensive lines in the NFL with the selection of Moses. Two young tackles along with certain leadership on the interior. Exactly what the team needs. Albeit unfortunate that a team captain in Zach Strief is lost to free agency (which we would essentially hope he’d re-sign for a decent, cap friendly amount), but rejuvenation is needed along that unit. Too many times against teams like Seattle and St. Louis, did you see Streif and Charles Brown get beaten off the snap and simply run around. That forced Drew Brees to throw senseless interceptions or end up with his backside on the turf.
Morgan Moses is a good fit for the Saints moving forward. I project him as the team’s 2nd round draft choice, after picking TCU CB Jason Verrett.