In the 20 editions of the NFL draft before UConn moved to the Big East in 2004, the Huskies saw four of their players selected. In the last eight drafts since, 16 players from Connecticut have heard their names called. Former Huskies head coach Randy Edsell is no longer with the program after leading it though the transition to the FBS that helped the team get more recruits, but Moore (whose full first name is Snorsio, with the shortened version pronounced SEE-oh) is expected to join as many as five teammates in continuing the school’s new tradition as a producer of NFL talent.
Moore was born in the African country of Liberia, and grew up in Connecticut before moving to North Carolina after his freshman year of high school. He played in four games as a redshirt freshman (six tackles, one for loss) before taking the starting job four games into 2010. Moore played every game that year, starting nine, and was credited with 110 tackles, 11.5 for loss, and 1.5 sacks. As a junior, he started every game, racking up 86 tackles, a team-leading 16 for loss, 6.5 sacks and six pass breakups. In his senior year, in which he earned All-Big East first-team honors, Moore notched 72 tackles (15.5 for loss), 7.5 sacks, and 11 pass breakups.
Disciplined linebacker who follows through on his assignments and maintains his gap responsibilities prevent cutbacks. Also a solid tackler, able to break down and securely wrap the ballcarrier’s torso or leg for minimal yards after the catch. Often lines up over tight ends and larger receivers, using his agility to run routes with them to the sideline or down the seam, gets a good initial jam at the line of scrimmage. Can jump slants and win 50/50 balls to force incompletions and has good enough hands to create turnovers on easier plays. Extends his arms into receiver and tight end blocks to maintain his distance and gets off with strong hands to chase or make plays on the outside.
Average closing speed means he might not be an elite playmaker at the next level. Can be eluded by quicker ballcarriers in the open field and the backfield when failing to break down quickly. Must use his hands more consistently to beat blocks at the line.
UConn is becoming more than just a basketball school, as Moore is one of a handful of Huskies potentially earning mid-round grades. He isn’t the biggest of linebackers, but is productive (196 tackles, 27.5 for loss in 2010-2011), plays stronger than his frame indicates, and has the athleticism to play either strong side, or weak side linebacker in the pros.