The Class of 2021 admittedly isn’t a great one where safeties are concerned. But there is one young prospect at the position who cracked the list of top 20 prospects overall put together by Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com—Trevon Moehrig of TCU.
Jeremiah wrote that while the 6’1″, 208-pounder (who tallied 47 total tackles, two tackles for loss, two interceptions and nine passes defensed for the Horned Frogs in 2020) doesn’t have elite measurables, what he does possess is the sort of versatility that NFL teams covet on the back end in 2021.
“Moehrig has adequate size, but excellent versatility and instincts,” Jeremiah said. “He can play in the deep post or cover in the slot. He is a smooth, fluid mover in man coverage underneath. He also possesses ideal anticipation and range from the back end. He has the ability to consistently match patterns and position himself for plays on the ball. The former TCU star does need to improve his finishing ability, having dropped a couple interceptions in the games I studied. He takes quality angles in run support and is a reliable, low tackler. Overall, Moehrig offers a complete skill set at the position. He will provide his defensive coordinator with options, which is exactly what’s desired in 2021.”
Jeremiah’s colleague Bucky Brooks agrees, ranking Moehrig as the No. 1 safety prospect in this year’s class.
“It’s hard to find safeties with the ability to thrive in coverage and run support, but the upcoming draft will offer plenty of enticing options at free safety and strong safety,” he wrote. “Moehrig is a dynamic safety with corner-like coverage skills. He capably matches up with slot receivers in space while also flashing outstanding range as a deep-half player. Most importantly, the TCU standout is an exceptional open-field tackler with an aggressive read-and-react approach that enables him to blow up WR screens at the line of scrimmage.”
Moehrig was nursing a back injury at TCU’s pro day, which resulted in some less than stellar testing numbers. But after logging a 4.50-second 40-yard dash, 33-inch vertical and 4.19-second short shuttle, Brooks said on the NFL Network that he believes Moehrig demonstrated that he’s plenty fast enough to succeed in the pros.
“I think that 4.5 40 is plenty fast enough,” he said. “When you watch him on tape, he plays fast. … He’s the most complete safety in the class, and I say that knowing that in the National Football League, we ask safeties to kind of do everything: play in the post, come down and play in the slot, come down and play over the tight end and also be involved in the running game. When you check the boxes for Trevon Moehrig, he checks them all.”
In his scouting report for Moehrig at the Draft Network, Jordan Reid talked up Moehrig’s coverage skill and versatility, while allowing that his run support could use some work.
“Moehrig is a free safety that has satisfied multiple roles for the Horned Frogs,” Reid said. “A consistent and urgent single-high player, he’s a free-flowing mover that’s at his best when able to patrol the middle of the field. With seven career interceptions, he’s proven to not only be a constant ball disruptor, but he’s a safety that can change the momentum of games by getting the ball back to his team. His biggest improvements must come in run support, as he’s a safety that isn’t afraid to come up and tackle, but his tactics and aggressiveness while doing so can be out of control. Moehrig is also reliable in man coverage, but his eye discipline while doing so will need to improve as he is premature with looking back to the quarterback, which is why he’s been a popular double-move target for opposing offenses.”
However, Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network countered that in his opinion Moehrig’s range and physicality offer him substantial potential at the NFL level.
“Moehrig’s range is translatable to both run and pass defense,” Pauline said. “As a pass defender, his range enables him to hone in on intermediate and deep routes. As a run defender, the TCU safety’s range allows him to come downhill with ample momentum. From there, he can use his 202-pound frame to deliver some jarring hits. While he still has room to add to his physique and play strength, Moehrig isn’t lacking in toughness, and he’s incredibly aggressive by default.”