2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jalin Moore, RB, Appalachian State

Number: #25 | Hometown: Shelby, NC | Height: 5100 | Weight: 216 | Forty: 4.37 | Vertical: 38.5” | Broad: 11-1 | Twitter: @Itz__boobie | Projection: Mid-Rounds | Class: 2019

PROS

A strong, compact, downhill runner who possesses great vision and runs with excellent pad level—he constantly keeps his legs churning and embraces contact by lowering the shoulder boom, while consistently keeping his body momentum falling forward, which allows him to push the pile and gain additional yards. He has proven to be a workhorse back who can pound the rock between the tackles and wear down defenses but also displays the burst to cut it outside and make plays around the edge. His speed, agility and balance enable him to shift his weight and change direction on the drop of a dime; these attributes have helped him accumulate a 6.1 career rushing average heading into his senior campaign. He has matured into the leader of the team, embracing a more vocal role and holding teammates accountable. He has also learned the importance of taking care of his body off the field, including an improved diet to help his durability.

CONS

Catching the ball out of the backfield is an area where he has made strides but has room for growth—he had 12 receptions for 163 receiving yards as a junior after totaling just five catches for 32 receiving yards during his first two seasons. Would like to see him break more arm tackles and increase his yards after contact total. He has made a conscience effort to become a more patient runner, in order to allow his blocks to setup and create running lanes. NFL scouts will want to see his acceleration translate into more breakaway plays, as his longest career runs each season have gone for 58, 63 and 55 yards. While he shows a solid understanding of pass protection responsibilities, he can improve, as is the case with the majority of backs who enter the league.

MEDICAL

Suffered several nagging injuries during his 2017 campaign, including injuries to each foot, an ankle, bruised hip and back, which caused him to miss games against UMass and Georgia Southern. In addition, he missed parts of games versus Coastal Carolina and Texas State. He also battled through the flu and came off the bench at Louisiana-Monroe to amass 208 all-purpose yards. According to the Appalachian State website, he endured injuries as a senior in high school in 2013.

INTERVIEW — 06/05/18

MEASUREABLES

Can squat 650 pounds and clean 350, in addition to being able to broad jump 11-1, along with a 38.5” vertical. He has been timed at 4.37 in the forty-yard dash—his forty-time and broad jump mark would’ve ranked first amongst all running backs invited to the 2018 FL Scouting combine.

PERSONAL

Known as the team jokester and fashion aficionado. He also enjoys to write songs and aspires to be involved with music after his playing days are over; he lists Drake as his favorite artist. Full name is Jalin Jerry Lee Moore Jr; son of Angela Roberts; majoring in management.

FACTOID

Set to be one of six FBS players entering 2018 with back-to-back seasons of 1,000 rushing yards and is the only active FBS back who’s rushed for at least 235 yards in four career games.

QUOTE OF NOTE

“He’s an awesome back — a one-cut, downhill runner. The system that he’s playing in is perfect for his style. I can tell that he belongs. He could be playing in the SEC right now. I can clearly see that.” – Georgia Linebacker Roquan Smith (Bears)

2018 OUTLOOK

Will be depended on to lead an Appalachian State team that is entering just their fifth season of play at the FCS level—they have compiled four consecutive winning seasons and three straight bowl appearances, including a win over Toledo in the Dollar General Bowl after winning the Sun Belt (tied 7-1), on their way to a 9-4 overall campaign in 2017. Their first game in 2018 is scheduled to be at Penn State, where the press box will be full with plenty of NFL scouts.

SUMMARY

Interestingly enough, he was never the featured back during his playing career, dating back to high school, where he was part of a timeshare committee. He had just four scholarship offers coming out and went onto Appalachian State, where he bided his time patiently playing behind Marcus Cox. An injury inserted him into the starting lineup halfway through his sophomore season and he hasn’t looked back since but still carries a chip on his shoulder for being overlooked. Overall, his style of play is best suited for a zone-blocking scheme at the next level—one that favors a one cut and up style of running, as he has thrived in that system. There is no doubt that he can be a workhorse back, as evidenced by his first career start (39 rushes; 257 yards; two touchdowns vs Akron) and 420 total carries over the past two seasons. He has urged the coaching staff to feature him on kickoff returns but that remains doubtful due to his value as an every down back. His coaches rave about his character and Georgia head coach Kirby Smart has even gone on record to call him a ‘SEC back.’ However, he must prove that he can get through the season healthy if he wants to be considered as a top 100 overall prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft. Currently, he carries a mid-round grade, according the NFL Draft Bible Advisory Board.

CAREER

2017 (JR): Named All-Sun Belt First Team, leading the conference in rushing with 1,037 yards and 12 touchdowns in 11 games. Rushed for at least 110 yards in each of his final four games and had five games with at least 100 yards. Was named MVP of the Dollar General Bowl, rushing for three touchdowns (career high) and 125 yards on 22 carries.

2016 (rJR): Named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year and All-Sun Belt First-team, leading the conference with 1,402 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games, including seven starts. Rushed for over 100 yards in eight of the Mountaineers final 10 games.

2015 (rFR): Member of the All-Sun Belt Freshman team, finishing with 731 rushing yards on 99 carries, while averaging 7.4 yards per carry. His breakout performance came against Idaho, where he ran for a freshman-record 244 yards on 27 carries despite not starting. He averaged 132 yards rushing in the final four games of the season.

2014 (FR): Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL

Earned Cleveland County Co-Player of the Year honors as a senior, rushing for 1,481 yards and 24 TDs, on his way to being named South Mountain 2A/3A Conference Offensive Player of the Year and First-team all-conference. Amassed 3,333 all-purpose yards during his prep career, including 492 kickoff-return yards during senior campaign came on just 12 returns (41.0 avg.), guiding Crest to a 14-2 record and appearance in the 3-AA state championship game. Coached by Mark ‘The Militant’ Barnes.

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(Pic: USA TODAY) 

Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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