Atlanta Falcons: Three potential players to select in the 2021 NFL Draft
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 23: Wide receiver Jadon Haselwood #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners gets drilled by safety Trevon Moehrig #7 of the TCU Horned Frogs for a fumble and turnover in the second quarter on November 23, 2019 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. OU held on to win 28-24. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
S Trevon Moehrig
A recent report by Justin Fried of The Jet Press states that New York is going to make a hard run at current Falcons free agent Keanu Neal. Given that Neal is coming off two season–ending injuries in three years, if the Atlanta Falcons decided to part ways with the former first-round pick, they’re going to have to address his hole.
Enter in TCU safety Trevon Moehrig, a junior with what many believe to be an upside in a position currently underwhelming in terms of “star power”.
A former first-team All-Big 12 recipient in 2019, Moehrig was also the winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, the meaning of all qualified defensive backs in the NCAA at his position, he was the best.
Another reason why the Atlanta Falcons should look into Moehrig?
Their new defensive coordinator, Dean Pees. In a recent interview, Pees stated that “We’ll do anything to get pressure. In our defense, everyone will blitz, not just safeties and linebackers”. This could alleviate pressure immediately for Moehrig, thus allowing him to focus on what Dalton Miller of Pro Football Network believes is his weakness: finishing his tackles.
ESPN’s NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper described Moehrig, in his most recent NFL Draft Board, as a player who “stood out on the 2019 tape because he was always around the football. Moehrig is still growing into his 6-2 frame, but he’s my top-ranked safety in this class.”
Should that be the case, if Neal decides to leave Atlanta, getting the best available prospect would be a nice caveat for losing a bonafide thumper in Keanu Neal.