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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


“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)


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.


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.


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.


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.