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2021 Cowboys draft prospect: TCU FS Trevon Moehrig is the perfect fit for Dan Quinn’s defense

Will the Cowboys address safety in the 2021 NFL Draft?

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Will the Cowboys finally show interest in upgrading the safety room? Time will tell, but there’s multiple options in NFL free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft to finally add some value to a position they’ve basically ignored in recent times.

Name: Trevon Moehrig

School: Texas Christian University

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 208 lbs

Class: Junior

Position: FS

Jersey: #7

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Texas Christian Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Strengths:

In Dan Quinn’s Cover 3-heavy defensive scheme, TCU free safety Trevon Moehrig is a match made in heaven for his defense. Showcasing elite coverage skills (in man and zone) with the ability to cover hash-to-hash, he makes plays on the football at the catch point and has fluid athleticism, making Moehrig the top rated safety in this class and one that would look great wearing the star. Moehrig is extremely efficient in man-coverage against slot receivers, tight ends, or running backs, and is consistently in position to knock the football away, and will take it away when given the opportunity (seven interceptions and 21 passes defended in three years at TCU). His hips and feet are loose and fluid, and it shows when he has to flip and transition in route-phases. An assignment sound and disciplined back-end defender that doesn’t get caught with his eyes in the backfield, he rarely lets receivers get behind him when in deep coverage. He’s an adequate run defender that is more than capable of filling alleys. Moehrig is more of a consistent, wrap-up tackler, than the big-hit style of safety. Trevon Moehrig was the no-doubt leader of the TCU defense, consistently lining guys up correctly, and recognizing offenses tendencies pre-snap for the Horn Frogs.

Weaknesses:

While he does offer some position flexibility, his best position at the next level is a Cover 1-3 free safety. He shows a tendency to be a tick slow processing running plays due to how dedicated he is to coverage. Moehrig can be a little hesitant to deliver the big hit across the middle of the field and when coming downhill. His angles can improve when attacking rushers downhill and sideline-to-sideline. While his coverage processing is tremendous, he’ll need to speed-up his mental processing in the NFL when it comes to play-fakes, RPO’s, and zone-reads.

Overall Summary:

The Cowboys haven’t had a true great cover safety since Darren Woodson, and Trevon Moehrig would be an instant upgrade to the free safety position over Xavier Woods. Before the hiring of defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Moehrig was a solid target for the Cowboys, but he makes even more sense now with his ability to excel in the heavy Cover 1-3 scheme that Quinn is famous for. Moehrig’s coverage skills, ball skills, and range make him a perfect fit for the Dallas Cowboys to pair with Donovan Wilson on the back-end for the foreseeable future. Moehrig is currently projected to be drafted in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, and there’s a good chance he could rise to the top of the second round, and possibly even the end of the first round by April.

Round Grade:

1-2

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