Midd OL Scouted By NFL
If you go to Middlebury College, you’ve probably seen Ryan Moores around campus. At 6’5, 315 pounds, Moores is a mountain. Assuming this mountain can move as well as the NFL scouts whose attention he has attracted believe he can, a lot more people outside of Midd might be seeing Moores in the near future. Greg Gabriel has been an NFL scout for 30 years. According to Gabriel, “The one common trait, no matter what the offensive line position, is intelligence. As a whole, offensive linemen are very level-headed guys, and may have dominant personalities.” Now at this point it could be easy to write Moores off, as Middlebury has really never been touted as an academic powerhouse… But Gabriel continues: “In my view, the ideal tackles are guys that are in the 6-4 to 6-6 range and weigh around 310 to 320 pounds. In the past ten years, as zone-blocking schemes have become more popular, teams have been drafting taller guys (guys who may be 6-7 or 6-8) but many of those players don’t have the natural athleticism of a shorter player.” Time to hang up the cleats. No shot Moores will ever make it in the NFL.
An NFL scout of 30 years basically described Ryan Moores, to a T, as the PERFECT offensive lineman for the NFL. To my knowledge, the last NESCAC athlete to crack the NFL was Steve Hauschka (Midd ’07), a kicker now playing for the Seattle Seahawks. But if Greg Gabriel has half the expertise that 30 years as a scout in the National Football League dictates he should have, I’d say Moores has a pretty good shot. It is a testament to Moores’ work ethic that his bio from Midd football 2011 states his weight at 292. Guy picks up more than 20 pounds and now has a legitimate shot at the League.
As a football fan who, out of pride, will root for any ‘Cac athlete playing in the NFL (that there are more NFL coaches than players from NESCAC schools is somewhat demoralizing), I’m absolutely pulling for Moores. And if you’re lucky enough to avoid facing this behemoth on the football field, you should too.