The Baltimore Ravens signed 17 undrafted rookie free agents following the 2014 NFL Draft, and I would like to break down each one. Today I had the pleasure of researching a product from Albany State. Being that safety is an immediate need of the team, I felt the need to evaluate the only undrafted rookie safety signed. Undrafted players do not have much tape, but from what I could evaluate on Dexter Moody, he may be a diamond in the “rough” if he continues to work at his craft.
The 2013 SIAC (South Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) Defensive Player of The Year could not be ignored by the Ravens front office. According to NFLdraftscout.com, he finished the season with 45 tackles, a forced fumble, a blocked punt and three interceptions. I see Moody as an instinctive center fielder who capitalizes off of mistakes made by opposing QBs. His form tackling is a definite strength and he really knows how to attack the ball at its highest point in the air. My only knock on him is that he occasionally takes bad angles when in pursuit of the ball-carrier. Other than that, I see a solid 6-foot-1, 213-pound safety with something to prove.
Moody will have to compete with Darius Stewart, Terrence Brooks, Omar Brown and possibly Brynden Trawick for the opportunity to stand beside Matt Elam on day one of the season as the starting free-safety. This is going to be one of the best if not the best position battle of training camp. If I had to choose a favorite, I would say Brown. Brooks may be the actual favorite due to his draft position, but only time will tell. One thing is for sure; people may not know who Moody is now, but they will by the end of training camp.