RB Jalin Moore, Appalachian St.

5’10” – 212 lbs. – N/A
Redshirted, then finished second on the team in rushing with a line of 99-731-5. Ended up starting seven games as an injury replacement the following year, enjoying his most productive season: 237-1,402-10. Had a similar if somewhat less voluminous junior year (183-1,037-12), then was limited to just 63-400-6 over five games this past year, breaking and dislocating his ankle in early October. Looks a little bit thinner than his Combine weight on tape, although he was able to handle a heavy load in 2016 and 2017. Most of his carries come out of the shotgun on a combination of dives and off-tackle runs; demonstrates good burst through the hole, as well as the ability to squeeze through tight holes for yardage. Some ability to escape and bounce runs outside when there’s too much congestion on the line; not a battering ram who’s going to bulldoze opposing defenders between the tackles. More likely to try and bounce runs outside, demonstrating an effective stiff-arm when moving laterally but struggling with balance and ending up being tripped up by too many arm-tackles. Has some elusiveness when he gets into the open field, using stutter-steps to freeze opponents and create opportunities for himself. Good but not great speed in the open field. Has solid ball security, with just three fumbles on over six hundred career touches. Tended to stay on the field on passing downs, but wasn’t used heavily as a receiving option (twenty-three career catches). Shows good competitiveness and lateral quickness in blitz pickup, as well as a willingness to stick his nose in and engage opposing pass-rushers from his feet; however, would be well-served by using his arms more consistently, exhibiting a tendency to throw his torso at opponents, sometimes with a lowered head. Made some delayed releases or ran swing patterns out of the backfield; dropped one pass against Penn St. this past season during the games reviewed, although he has the type of short-area quickness to potentially try and get the ball in space. Season-ending ankle injury will likely affect his draft stock, especially given that he was unable to work out at the Combine. Might be more of a late-round pick at this point, but has enough quickness, athleticism, and competitiveness as a blocker that he might eventually be able to work his way into a running-back rotation.

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