Draft season is upon us, so I will periodically watch film on some of the upcoming prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. Typically, I choose players that I believe may fit the Buffalo Bills’ scheme, players on whom I have received some information, or just prospects who are interesting to me. Usually I will watch at least four games of a prospect before I come to final conclusions on their traits, and will then assign a grade. During my film sessions I take copious, detailed notes, so I will try to share them with you in a manner that is digestible. These notes will not be final conclusions. Instead, they’re just pieces of information that I carry with me. Sometimes they will carry little weight in my final thoughts on a prospect, because those traits may or may not shine through over the course of a season. With that said, enjoy the process. Here are my notes from:
CB Kamrin Moore – Boston College
The Reese’s Senior Bowl is only a couple of weeks away and Boston College will have two cornerbacks attending. Both Kamrin Moore and Isaac Yiadom are scheduled to attend. Moore is a 5’11” 2oo pound cornerback who primarily lined up on the right side. He has appeared in 39 games and has registered 142 total tackles, two interceptions, and 21 pass deflections.
The former three star recruit from Maryland received only one scholarship offer, but he developed rather well over the years at BC. According to SportsInfo Solutions (SIS), Moore was targeted 53 times but only allowed 20 receptions for 215 yards. He didn’t have any interceptions, but at the same time didn’t allow a touchdown in his senior season. Opposing quarterbacks registered a 35.34 rating when targeting Moore and, even when the passes were completed, they only averaged 4.13 yards per attempt.
That’s because the Boston College defensive coordinator Jim Reid put Moore in position to succeed. Moore is not a prototype mirror corner, a guy that has the feet and speed to follow receivers of all types all over the field. Moore flourishes in off-zone coverage. His specialty is in situations where he is able to utilize his ability to process two- and three-man route combinations.
He showed this several times against one of the best teams in the country: the Clemson Tigers. The Tigers motion into a 2×2 set, but their wide receiver stays tight to the formation. Typically, that is to set up some sort of short in-breaking route. Moore knows this and calls it out to his teammates.
It’s almost like he’s seen this spot/snag concept before. The #1 receiver runs the spot/curl route, the back runs a swing, and the tight end runs the deep corner. That’s who the QB is targeting. Moore does a great job of putting his body in a position to read the three-man route concept. With his hips open to the field, he is able to keep all three routes AND the quarterback in his peripheral vision.
Very good zone spacing and mental processing force the quarterback to deter any sort of throw to the tight end. As a result, pressure gets to the QB and he is forced to throw it away.
I was thoroughly impressed with his ability to diagnose passing concepts while in off coverage versus some of the most talented players in the country. Moore was targeted four times, but he only allowed two receptions for 10 yards. It’s players like Moore that you need to watch film on. Statistics don’t tell his entire story. Plays like these don’t show you the makeup of his game.
Later in the game, QB Kelly Bryant again tries to attack Moore, but the play is unsuccessful.
Bryant rolls to his left and is expecting Moore to bite on the short out route to the sticks by WR Hunter Renfrow. Moore remains disciplined, splits the difference between the two routes, and again deters the throw to the deep option.
This kind of spatial awareness in relation to the receivers’ routes makes life difficult for quarterbacks, and it is exactly what you want from a zone corner. You want him to be able to diagnose route concepts, know where his help is, and ultimately take away options from the passer.
Moore has shown the ability to process several route combinations. He routinely puts his body in position to keep those routes and the quarterback in his line of sight while in off-zone coverage. It is not his only positive trait, but it is one that can be a major asset to a team at the next level.
Possible Bills fit:
Scouts have obviously seen a lot of Boston College film during their studies of former BC linebacker Matt Milano. Moore’s cornerbacks coach Anthony Campanile was born and bred in New Jersey, played safety and linebacker at Rutgers, and coached at the prestigious Don Bosco Prep High School in New Jersey before starting his college coaching career at Rutgers. He came over to the BC Eagles in 2016 and the typical gritty, scrappy upbringing of most NJ natives can be seen in his defensive backs. They are willing tacklers who will sacrifice their bodies in run support versus pulling offensive linemen and do whatever it takes to make a play. Pair that style of play with Moore’s ability to play off-zone coverage and diagnose route concepts, and there is no doubt in my mind that he is absolutely a fit in the Bills’ defensive scheme.