Malachi Moore 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Selected to SEC All-Freshman team in 2020
- Played in all 15 games in 2021
- Scheme tendencies: Multiple
- 2022 projected role: Starting nickel corner / rotational safety
Pros: Malachi Moore is an instinctual football player that usually ends the play somewhere in the area of the football. Whether he is aligned at the FS position or walked down into the nickel position, Moore always finds a way to get to the ball. Moore is a versatile defender in the Tide defense that is capable of playing both man and zone but seems to be most comfortable in zone coverage. In zone coverage, Moore does a good job of keeping his eyes on the quarterback to be able to react to the play and break in the direction of the football. Moore also appears to have pretty good ball skills. On deep passes, he was able to locate the ball and break the pass up at the last moment to prevent receivers from catching the football.
Cons: Malachi Moore’s deficiencies as a defender comes from what appears to be a lack of a true position or role in this defense. Moore is a part of a heavy defensive back rotation at Alabama and I believe that this could be the reason why. When Moore is aligned in the nickel position and he has to defeat a block, he does not appear to be strong enough to consistently shed blockers and be a true force in the box. When he is at the free safety position, there seems to be a lack of true explosiveness for him to put himself in a position to make the play. Moore’s frame lends itself to being a corner, but his athletic profile may be that of a safety. I believe that Moore can benefit from either a move to being strictly a cover corner or gaining weight to become a safety.
Malachi Moore NFL Draft Scouting Report by Keith Sanchez