It’s currently one of the best times of the year for football fans everywhere, NFL draft time. The Dallas Cowboys, per usual, will have a major spotlight on them later this month as they look to improve a roster that was ravaged by injuries and went 6-10 in 2020.
The focus of the draft for the Cowboys will be upgrading their defense which was 31st against the run, 28th in points allowed, and gave up a franchise-record 473 points last season. One of the positions they’ll be targeting is safety, and TCU’s Trevon Moehrig is a player that could make an immediate impact.
Moehrig played cornerback in high school but transitioned to safety in college. He made an impact as a freshman with two starts. He only managed 15 tackles and an interception but was named TCU’s Special Teams MVP. He was named a starter as a true sophomore and put his name on the map with 62 tackles, four interceptions, 11 pass breakups, and two forced fumbles while garnering First-Team All-Big 12 honors. His junior season was also productive as he amassed 47 tackles, two interceptions, and nine pass breakups while once again being named First-Team All-Big 12 and winning the Jim Thorpe Award giving to the best defensive back in the nation.
Positives: Two-year starting safety who was also a dominant special teams player for TCU. Tough, instinctive safety who displays solid ball skills. Takes proper angles to the action, displays a closing burst, and works hard defending the pass. Quick and fluid pedaling in reverse, immediately reads and diagnoses plays, and physically outmuscles receivers to defend passes.
Keeps the action in front of him, displays good awareness in coverage, and works hard. Stays with receivers laterally on crossing patterns. Solid run defender who slides off blocks and makes plays on the ball handler. Willingly takes on bigger opponents and drives through tackles.
Negatives: Gets too amped up, overcommits, and occasionally gets caught out of position. Must improve his playing balance. Lacks deep speed.
Analysis: Moehrig was productive for TCU in a variety of ways and has the size as well as skill to line up as a zone or strong safety. He must polish his game, yet Moehrig has enough ability to see significant action as a rookie in the NFL.
Moehrig’s skill set as a roaming centerfielder from the free safety spot fits what Dan Quinn wants in his Cover 1/Cover 3 scheme. His ability to create turnovers makes him an intriguing option to pair with strong safety Donovan Wilson who had two interceptions, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries in 2020.
According to Pro Football Focus, Moehrig’s 92.8 coverage grade for his career is the best among safeties in the 2021 draft class. Also, he forced an incompletion on 25% of the targets he saw since 2019 which is tops for all safeties as well.
Top safety prospect Trevon Moehrig showed out at @TCUFootball Pro Day today:
– 4.50u 40-yard dash
– 33" vertical jump
– 4.19u short shuttle
— NFL (@NFL) March 19, 2021
If Moehrig is on the board when the Cowboys pick at 44, and UCF’s Richie Grant is gone, he should get strong consideration.