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[2024] NFLHC Draft Preview: Alexander Moffett, OLB

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Player Profile:

Name: Alexander Moffett

Position: Outside Linebacker

Style: Coverage

OLB Ranking (Based on Rating): 10

Coverage OLB Ranking: 2

Height: 6-2

Weight: 224

College: Buffalo

High School: Southside

Hometown: Elmira, NY

Player Line: OLB Alexander Moffett 6-2 224 R Buffalo [Coverage] [+1/C] [+] 76

 

Moffett grew up in Elmira, NY. Typically, most of the top players in that area end up at Temple, Pittsburgh, or Penn State. Alexander chose a different route. Buffalo came calling, and he answered. He was a 3.0/4.5 Recruit, and Coach sodapopseth would not be denied. He became a starter on Day 1 and never looked back. He racked up over 100 Tackles in his career, but wasn't always the playmaker that the Bulls needed.

 

2023 Stats:

 

Statsheets: 8

Tackles: 49

TFL: 4

PD: 6

 

Moffeet ended his career on a good note however. 49 Tackles was a career high, so were his 4 TFL and 6 PD. He finished his career with 113 Tackles, 4 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 INT, 8 PD, and 1 FF. Nothing there really excites you, but going out like he did is a good sign.

 

Game Tape Analysis:

 

Week 1: BYU

 

Moffett didn't impact the running game much, as the Cougars threw it 51 times. This played right into Moffett's strength. He's on the lighter side for most OLBs, and carries a bit more speed and athleticism. He was able to drop back into coverage and play the middle of the field well, deflecting two passes. Certainly a good way to start the season for him.

 

Week 4: Ohio

 

This game was viewed at the time as a potential MAC East decider. But, it was over by the end of the 1st Quarter. Moffett finished the game with 6 Tackles and a PD, which looks nice. Until you see how Freshman Bobcat TE Miles Hooker did, 9 receptions for 118 Yards and a TD. Moffett was matched up with Hooker for most of the game, and looked lost for long stretches of the game. Definitely his worst game of the year.

 

Week 11: Kent State

 

The Flashes struggled all year on offense, and Moffett took advantage. He racked up 6 Tackles along with a TFL and a PD. He was all over the field for the Bulls and looked really good.

 

Strengths:

 

Coverage. Alexander is much more comfortable dropping back into zone and reading the QB's eyes. He doesn't have great hands, but has good instincts and finds the right places to be. Experience. Moffett has started for 4 years at Buffalo, there isn't much he hasn't seen on the field. He'll bring that experience and should adapt to pro play quicker than others.

 

Weaknesses:

 

Pass Rush. Alexander has 1 career sack in over 48 Games Started. You cannot play him in a 3-4 Pass Rushing role, he will flounder. He's purely a 4-3 coverage OLB. Defensive Scheme. Take a quick glance at the 2023 Buffalo Depth Chart. What scheme are they running? Who's rushing the passer? I don't know, and neither did the players. When he comes to the Pros, he'll need some work to get settled in training camp and Pre-Season.

 

Draft Outlook:

 

Moffett is a Mid-Tier player who may get overdrafted due to the weakness at the position. He can be on your roster year one, but will have to be rotational at most. He may become a solid starting OLB at some point, but will never be a top end at his position player. I can see him going Early 3rd. Given how weak OLB is, and how few Coverage guys there are at the top (Moffett is 2nd behind Gregory Gibson). He probably should go Late 3rd to Early 4th, but he goes a little high.

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