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Making the case: Morgan Moses

Virginia's Morgan Moses is one of the best offensive tackles in this NFL Draft, and the Bengals could have a big hole at that position within a few years.

The Cincinnati Bengals are in a position that many NFL teams desire to be in: They don't have a gaping hole in any part of their team that desperately needs to be addressed early in the NFL Draft.

While some will argue age and injury concerns have made cornerback the biggest need heading into the draft, but the same argument could be made for an offensive tackle.

It's easy to point to Andrew Whitworth and his age (32), plus the fact that he missed two games due to injury in 2013, and the fact that the Bengals wanted to move him to guard before Anthony Collins left in free agency.

They still could if they can find a left tackle in this draft who can eventually push Whit to guard, and that man could be Virginia's Morgan Moses.

The 6'6", 314-pound Moses started 19 games at right tackle from 2010-2011 at Virginia before moving to left tackle and starting 23 games there from 2012-2013. Moses' biggest strength comes in pass protection, where he rarely allows defenders to even touch his quarterback.

In two matchups in the past two seasons against Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu - one of the top pass-rushers in this draft class - Moses effectively shut him down using his quick footwork, good hand placement and a lateral base that allowed him to keep himself between Aataochu and the quarterback:


According to, Moses has surrendered only two sacks in the past 506 pass attempts he was in. He also graded out at over 90 percent in every game with an average of eight knockdowns per game.

He's also solid in the run game, using technique and quick feet to gain leverage on defenders while using his outstanding arm length (35 3/8") to catch defenders who a normal lineman would have to bend more and loses leverage in order to get his hands on:


Moses wasn't on the radar of a lot of NFL scouts when his college career ended. That's what happens when you play on a team that goes 2-10 your final year, but an invite to the Senior Bowl allowed him to display his talents while dominating future NFL defenders.

As of now, Tanner Hawkinson and Marshall Newhouse (who may move to guard full-time) are the backup tackles, leaving a huge drop-off at the position if either Whitworth or Andre Smith goes down.

Smart teams have good backup plans, and at this moment, the Bengals don't have a good one behind either of their tackle spots.

And one mustn't forget that both Whitworth Smith will hit free agency in 2016. With two years left on their deals, getting one of their potential replacement in this draft would be a smart move.

Moses has plenty of starting experience at both right and left tackle. Getting him would help ensure the Bengals' offensive line play continues to be among the NFL's best going forward.