Following a competitive week at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, Western Michigan offensive tackle Jaylon Moore is beginning to command attention ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft. He’s anchored a Broncos offensive line that’s continually improved over the last three years. Can he do the same in the NFL?
Jaylon Moore NFL Draft Profile
- Position: Offensive Tackle
- School: Western Michigan
- Current Year: Senior
- Height: 6’4 1/8″
- Weight: 311 pounds
- Wingspan: 82″
- Arms: 33 3/8″
- Hands: 11″
Tony Pauline’s Jaylon Moore Scouting Report
Positives: Underrated offensive tackle who was a three-year starter for Western Michigan. Bends his knees, blocks with consistent leverage, and stays square. Strong, turns defenders from the line and seals them from plays. Keeps his feet moving, makes good use of angles, and anchors in pass protection.
Keeps his head on a swivel, immediately picks up blocking assignments, and can be an overwhelming force. Attacks assignments and always looks to finish off defenders.
Negatives: Lacks quick and fluid footwork off the edge. Bends at the waist. Average ability blocking in motion.
Analysis: Despite not being graded by scouts coming into the season, I’ve had Moore stamped as a Day 3 prospect since his sophomore campaign. He offers potential at right tackle or even inside at guard. He’ll fit best in a system that does not ask him to block in motion.
Jaylon Moore Player Profile
Although he heads to the 2021 NFL Draft as an under-the-radar offensive tackle prospect, Jaylon Moore arrived in Western Michigan as a versatile player on both sides of the ball. During his time at Voyageur Consortium Prep, he played offensive line, defensive line, and tight end. His performances as a sophomore in 2014 saw him listed as one of the top players to watch in the state of Michigan by the Detroit Free Press.
Despite earning Detroit News second-team All-Metro honors as a senior and his positional versatility, Moore was under-recruited coming out of Voyageur. Considered an offensive tackle by ESPN but a tight end by 247 Sports, he was a two-star recruit who ranked as the 67th player in the state. 247 Sports listed him as the 121st-ranked tight end in the 2016 class.
Although he had conversations with multiple programs, his only offer came from the Western Michigan Broncos. At the time, P.J. Fleck was the head coach, and Moore appeared destined to play tight end in his high-powered offense.
Jaylon Moore’s college football career at Western Michigan
He redshirted on his arrival at Western Michigan before making five appearances as a redshirt freshman in 2017. The Broncos allowed 1.83 sacks per game during the 2017 season, ranking 47th in the nation. Over the next three seasons, that statistic would serve as an impressive measuring stick for Moore’s impact on the offensive line.
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As a sophomore in 2018, he started all 13 games for the Broncos, playing over 1,000 snaps. In addition to having the third-best rushing offense in the MAC, the offensive line allowed just 1.54 sacks. The following season they’d allow just 1.38 sacks per game — the 18th fewest in the nation — as Moore began to make his presence felt. With another 982 snaps under his belt, he earned second-team All-MAC honors.
Jaylon Moore improves his NFL Draft stock in 2020
Despite the disruption of the 2020 college football season, the Western Michigan offensive tackle had his best season yet. The Broncos’ offensive line allowed the fewest sacks of his career — 1.17 per game over six games — to rank 10th in the nation. Furthermore, the Broncos ranked 16th in the nation in total offense with 479.7 yards per game. As a result, Moore once again earned second-team All-MAC honors.
Although some offensive line members opted to return for the 2021 college football season, Western Michigan offensive tackle Jaylon Moore declared for the 2021 NFL Draft. His performances earned him an invite to the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl, where he impressed scouts and NFL teams with smooth footwork, versatility, and consistency.
Jaylon Moore’s best fits in the 2021 NFL Draft
Despite his performances at the Senior Bowl, Western Michigan offensive tackle Jaylon Moore still projects as a late-round prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft. However, a team will get some good value with him later on as a developmental tackle prospect. He showcased versatility across the line in Mobile — that would suggest a smooth transition inside in the NFL wouldn’t be out of the question.
Moore has experience of zone-blocking schemes from his time at Western Michigan. Therefore, his best fit would come with teams that incorporate a high percentage of zone blocking in their offense. Teams with a scheme and need fit include the Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, and Chicago Bears.
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Oliver Hodgkinson is a staff writer for Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @ojhodgkinson.