NFL Draft Preview – Knowshon Moreno

Apr 9, 2009

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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

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    April 9th, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    while i do have a total soft spot for beanie, this kid is as solid as they come……i really LIKE the fact they have him going to Zona!! the Zona oline with the addition of him would be one sick show to see!

  2. LestersLegends
    April 9th, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    he would be a sweet replacement for Westy.

  3. Larry
    April 9th, 2009 at 2:32 pm #

    I think Knowshon Moreno is going to be an outstanding pro.
    I would like to see him in the Jaguar backfield along with Jones-Drew.

  4. LestersLegends
    April 9th, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    I think they have greater needs to address than RB.

  5. Knowshon Fan
    April 23rd, 2009 at 8:17 am #

    Arizona would be lucky to draft Knowshon at 31. I think he is more likely to go #16 to San Diego, #17 to the Jets, or even #21 to the Eagles.

  6. LestersLegends
    April 23rd, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    Knowshon – Yeah, I think he’ll be gone before 31 too. Think Jets have bigger needs like QB or WR. Plus with Rex they could go D.

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