NFL Draft Preview – Knowshon Moreno
Yesterday we profiled Beanie Wells. Today we’ll take a look at Knowshon Moreno, the other top Running Back. Moreno was an absolute beast at Georgia running for 1336 yards on 248 carries (5.4 ypc) with 14 TDs as a Freshman and 1400 yards on 250 carries (5.8) with 16 TDs as a Sophomore. He added 53 receptions for 645 yards and 2 TDs.
Knowshon has the perfect RB build (5’11″, 217 Lbs), but was surprisingly slower than expected at the Combine and in his Pro Day. According to Rob Rang from The SportsXchange, NFLDraftScout.com ”He was stunningly disappointing at the combine, running in the 4.6s and posting the lowest vertical jump of any running back tested (25 inches), according to NFL.com. Moreno elected not to jump at his Pro Day and again was clocked in the 4.6s, despite weighing in seven pounds lighter.” While he may lack explosive speed, he makes up for it with his instincts, vision, quickness and elusiveness. Even though his measurables didn’t meet expectations, his track record at Georgia and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield should allow him to be a first round selection and an effective every down back in the NFL.
Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown: #31 to the Arizona Cardinals
WalterFootball.com: #31 to the Arizona Cardinals
Draft King: #17 to the New York Jets
Consensus Draft Services: #9 to the Green Bay Packers
The Football Expert: #31 to the Arizona Cardinals
War Room Report: #31 to the Arizona Cardinals