Even after signing veteran Kevin Zeitler to man the right guard spot, the Baltimore Ravens may still be looking to further upgrade the interior of their offensive line with additional competition at left guard if Bradley Bozeman is moved to center or at center if Bozeman stays put. Grambling State’s David Moore is a prospect that could potentially do both.
After the Tigers had their 2020 season postponed to the spring, the historically black college/university (HBCU) product opted to go pro and prepare for the 2021 NFL draft with the help of former Houston Oilers offensive lineman Bruce Matthews.
He was invited to the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl and impressed against a higher level of competition after being a three-year starter at the FCS level. While University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Quinn Meinerz was the talk of the town down in Mobile, AL, he wasn’t the only small school interior offensive lineman to stand out during the week of practice and improve their draft stock.
Moore showcased his athleticism and positional versatility by dominating FBS defensive linemen while taking reps at both guard and center despite exclusively playing guard in college. He made just as good of an impression on his opponents down in Mobile as he did the scouts in attendance and was even voted the Offensive Lineman of the Week by the defensive linemen he faced all week.
Senior Bowl biggest risers:— Luca Sartirana (@SartiranaLuca) January 29, 2021
- David Moore, IOL, Grambling State
He played guard at Grambling but took some reps at center. He can really shut down the rush and he's athletic in the open field. His upside is massive. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/JA6WRQao0f
At 6-foot-1 and 320 pounds, he looks and plays like a road grader in the ground game and would be an ideal fit in a power running offense like the one that Ravens have shattered records with the past two seasons.
His most appealing traits are his strength, versatility, and nimbleness for a player of his size. He is powerful at the point of attack, can get to the second level expeditiously, is great on pulls and aggressively finishes in both run and pass blocking.
Senior Bowl: David Moore climbing off the OZ combo, tossing, and finishing a LB in 9-on-7 yesterday. pic.twitter.com/WuivQGDuct— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) January 27, 2021
The Ravens have drafted at least one interior offensive lineman in every draft since 2014 and likely wouldn’t be afraid to pull the trigger on another if he is the best player on their board at any point in the draft, especially if the prospect can play more than one position like Moore. He could go as high as the late third round but would be an excellent Day 3 gem with the upside to become a Pro Bowl guard or stud center.