Deep Dive: Getting to Know Jaylon Moore and What He Brings to the 49ers
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The NFL draft has officially come to an end and the 49ers will now look to start signing their 2021 draft picks to rookie contracts and at pick number 155, the 49ers chose Jaylon Moore, offensive tackle with the Western Michigan Broncos.
Like 49ers legend Joe Staley, Moore was recruited as a tight end and was moved to offensive tackle after his redshirt freshman season. Athleticism is a trait that is often used when describing Moore and Shanahan has always been known to look for athletic offensive linemen. Moore’s measurables from his pro day are below:
· Height: 6-foot-5
· Weight: 311 pounds
· Hand size: 10 3/4 inches
· Arm length: 33 3/8 inches
· Wingspan: 82 1/2 inches
· 40-yard dash: 5.25 seconds
· Vertical jump: 30 inches
· Broad jump: 8 feet, 10 inches
· Short shuttle: 4.67 seconds
· Three-cone: 7.77 seconds
· Bench press: 27 reps
Health seemed to be a recurring theme with the 49ers draft this year. Many of their draft picks played most of their games during their collegiate careers and Moore, a 3-year started played in 32 of his 37 games, logging a total of 1,056 pass blocking snaps. In a shortened 2020 season, he started and played in all six of his games.
NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein had the following to say about Moore:"Athletic tackle/guard prospect who is at his best when he's allowed to play on the move and utilize his athletic ability to create angle advantages in space. He is fluid and consistent on play-side climb-ups to seal the linebacker and has the potential to help create back-side tracks for one-cut runners. He has huge hands and adequate length but needs to win early with those hands or he can be overtaken by stronger defenders. If Moore can eliminate his leaning, he has the technique and traits to be competitive as a blocker. He might need to prove he can offer tackle/guard roster flexibility to garner and maintain a backup role."
In recent years, the 49ers front office has drafted players who played and performed well in the Senior Bowl. Moore put together a nice week of football and to Zierlein’s point regarding needing to offer some position versatility, Moore took reps at both left tackle, right tackle and guard during the Senior Bowl practice week and blocked well. A video of some of his practice reps can be viewed here.
For the 2021 season, Moore is likely going to need to earn a spot on the roster in a backup role. The 49ers’ starting front line will likely be Trent Williams, Laken Tomlinson, Alex Mack, Aaron Banks (or Daniel Brunskill),and Mike McGlinchey. Banks and Brunskill will likely compete to be the starting right guard but both will earn a roster spot. Brunskill has shown he can fill in wherever he is needed on the offensive line. Moore will battle for the remaining roster spots in 2021 with Colton McKivitz, Justin Skule, Shon Coleman, and a few others for the remaining spots. If Moore can improve in a few areas, he could fill in if McGlinchey has another down year at right tackle. The 49ers have added some excellent offensive line depth through the draft and also recently signed Alfredo Gutierrez of Mexico as part of the international player pathways program. Look for Moore to battle his way on the roster and potentially compete for a starting spot in during the 2022 season.
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