The MMQB recently highlighted what it’s like to spend 24 hours at the NFL Scouting Combine, which featured a ton of interesting tidbits about the league.
One bit of Bengals-related information was that on Saturday, March 3 at 5:31 a.m. in the Westin Hotel — where the Bengals’ staff was staying — linebackers coach Jim Haslett had “pedals on a workout bike as he scrolls through his phone with both hands, keeping the balance through some unknown kinetic force.”
But, that’s not what we’re here to talk about.
After documenting the bad coffee in the Westin lobby -- it was a fake Starbucks! -- which Titans GM Jon Robinson did not enjoy and then wandering over to an actual Starbucks where Orlando Brown’s terrible combine was the talk of one NFL table and an NFL assistant coach reportedly compared Brown’s upper body to, “the women I saw out last night” we finally arrive at an of-interest Bengals news item.
The Bengals were one of four teams to have an informal meeting at the combine with Boston College defensive back Kamrin Moore.
Moore might not be drafted, and if he is, it will be late on Day 3. So he could be a player the Bengals were looking to familiarize themselves with for undrafted free agency.
He’s talking about his background growing up in the D.C. area, what drives him, etc. Then he starts talking ball. One coach asks him about Match-3 coverage, which is Cover-3 with pattern matching. Moore talks about defending concepts coming out of a bunch. Really talking ball. Moore feels good about this meeting as he heads to the Under Armour suite a few minutes later.
At 5’11” and 200 pounds, Moore is looking to enter the NFL after three years starting for the Eagles. He’s known for being a good finisher in space and his ability to show no hesitation. He’s an aggressive playmaker and has solid special teams experience. Moore graded as an elite player in Pro Football Focus’ college rankings (85.0 grade, 34th ranked cornerback nationally).
He leaves BC with 142 tackles (7.0 for loss), 1.0 sack, 21 passes defended, 2 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. His 2017 season was arguably the best of his four-years in college as he racked up 50 tackles (2.0 for loss) and 9 passes defended.
Here’s an excerpt from his NFL.com draft profile:
Stocky, determined cornerback who lacks the man-to-man cover skills and ball production teams will be looking for from a draftable cornerback. However, Moore’s toughness as a tackler and experience on special teams may get him a look from zone-heavy teams looking to add competition at the nickel cornerback spot.
The Bengals were likely doing their due diligence with Moore but he could be someone the team considers as the end of the draft nears — Cincinnati has three seventh round picks — or in undrafted free agency.