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Use a late round pick to draft Moss

  • buck
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Dale Moss not Randy Moss.

Dale Moss WR South Dakota St 6-3 215 4.45

From 1990 to 1995, Trent Baalke worked as the defensive line and strength and conditioning coach at South Dakota State. Dale Moss, former starting point guard for South Dakota St Jackrabbits, decided to use his remaining year of athletic eligibility to play football. This was his first year playing college football.

Moss played well. He caught 61 passes for 949 yards (15.6 average) and six scores.

Moss was named the recipient of the Jim Langer Award as most valuable player of the South Dakota State University football team. He earned second-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors and he was named to the MVFC All-Newcomer Team and earned an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Tony Pauline wrote, "Moss is one of the most interesting stories at the Shrine Game. A former guard on the SDSU basketball team, he never played college football until last season. After a year in which he developed his game almost weekly, Moss did not look out of place Tuesday. He was smooth and graceful on the field, displaying solid downfield speed and catching the ball well… he's still a work in progress, but there's no doubting that, based on Tuesday's showing, the arrow is pointing north for him."

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/tony_pauline/01/17/shrine.game.practice.reports.tuesday/index.html

At the NFL pro day at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion, Moss continued to build his case.

He had a 41.5 inch vertical, a broad jump of 10 feet 10 inches. His vertical jump would have also ranked second and broad jump would have been the sixth-best mark at the combine. His times in the 40 were 4.38 and 4.45.

http://www.turfshowtimes.com/2012/3/23/2897744/south-dakota-state-wr-dale-moss

Those are good number, but he did even better in three cone shuttle—6.32. Chris Rainey had the best three cone shuttle at the combine. Rainey ran a 6.50. Moss[s time is faster than the combine record of 4.62 set by Jeff Maehl in 2011.

"The three-cone drill tests lateral agility, which is crucial for wide receivers who want to create separation from defensive backs by having crisp and sudden breaks in their routes. Shorter players usually ace it, and long-limbed receivers like Moss usually struggle a bit because of their body type (which is an advantage when comes time to haul in a pass)."

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1116504-2012-nfl-draft-sleeper-south-dakota-state-wr-dale-moss-has-amazing-pro-day

Baalke use a late round pick on this guy.

edit: SF had a scout at the South Dakota Pro Day.

Two "major" players were offensive tackle and Dale Moss.
I do not think we need a tackle.
I bet we were there to see Moss

http://pressdakotan.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/notes-from-pro-day/
[ Edited by buck on Mar 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM ]
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Raw, but good size and speed. If he can block well, he'd knock Williams off the roster.
great find Buck. Sounds like an undrafted free agent though. This years Victor Cruz?
[ Edited by SunDevilNiner79 on Mar 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM ]
  • buck
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Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
great find Buck. Sounds like an undrafted free agent though. This years Victor Cruz?

He might go in the last two rounds.

Here is one opinion.

During the South Dakota State pro-day receiver Dale Moss certainly met, and even exceeded expectations. Moss measured 6 feet, 3.5 inches and 213 pounds, posted a vertical jump of 41.5 inches and broad jump of 10 feet, 10 inches. His forty time clocked at 4.45 seconds then Moss ran an amazingly fast three cone time of 6.32 seconds and 60 yard shuttle of 10.82 seconds. One scout at the workout mentioned in seven years of attending pro day and combine workouts Moss' three cone time was the fastest he's witnessed. Moss was then run through about a dozen pass routes and asked to catch the ball.

What makes this story so intriguing is Moss was a member of the SDSU basketball team and never played college football until 2011. In his first and only season on the football field with the Jackrabbits he led the team in receiving with 61 receptions for 949 receiving yards and six touchdowns and Moss started just nine of 11 games. His upside is enormous and Moss worked his way into the draft's final day with his performance today.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/tony_pauline/03/01/pro.days/index.html#ixzz1pzduJIam
Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
great find Buck. Sounds like an undrafted free agent though. This years Victor Cruz?

He might go in the last two rounds.

Here is one opinion.

During the South Dakota State pro-day receiver Dale Moss certainly met, and even exceeded expectations. Moss measured 6 feet, 3.5 inches and 213 pounds, posted a vertical jump of 41.5 inches and broad jump of 10 feet, 10 inches. His forty time clocked at 4.45 seconds then Moss ran an amazingly fast three cone time of 6.32 seconds and 60 yard shuttle of 10.82 seconds. One scout at the workout mentioned in seven years of attending pro day and combine workouts Moss' three cone time was the fastest he's witnessed. Moss was then run through about a dozen pass routes and asked to catch the ball.

What makes this story so intriguing is Moss was a member of the SDSU basketball team and never played college football until 2011. In his first and only season on the football field with the Jackrabbits he led the team in receiving with 61 receptions for 949 receiving yards and six touchdowns and Moss started just nine of 11 games. His upside is enormous and Moss worked his way into the draft's final day with his performance today.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/tony_pauline/03/01/pro.days/index.html#ixzz1pzduJIam

It sounds like he has a ton of raw talent, and with the right coaching could be a steel in the late rounds. Great find!
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Moss has put his name in the ring. Here is more.

Wide Receiver (Alex Brown – Optimum Scouting)

An FCS player that has helped his draft stock dramatically in the past year, with both his on field performances throughout the 2011 season and his all-star week performance at the East West Shrine game, is Dale Mossfrom South Dakota State. Moss, who just a season ago was a key contributor for South Dakota State's basketball squad, has rare athleticism, elite size and upside to develop into a legitimate receiver in the NFL. His ability to climb the ladder and grab contested throws away from his body, both over the middle of the field as well as in the red-zone, showcase his outstanding coordination, body control, and hands at the point of the catch.

Padding up for the first time since high school, Moss, who utilized a fifth and final year of eligibility after four years of college hoops, hauled in more than 5 catches in every single game. He finished the year eclipsing the 100-yard receiving mark four times, averaging over 15 yards per catch over the span of 61 receptions, 949 yards and 6 touchdowns. His immediate success can be attributed to his coachability, high learning capacity and excellent work ethic. Moss is a big, long and smooth athlete that transitions well in and out of his cuts, has an innate understanding of how to position himself in order make contested catches and has quickly made himself into a very adept route runner. While there is still work to be done and he is a developmental, late-round prospect right now, the size and speed Moss possesses (6-3, 220 pounds, 4.4 40-yard dash), will make NFL teams think twice about passing on him come April 28.

Our Take: Moss was one of the more intriguing participants at the East-West Shrine Game in January, and since then his name has been buzzing in the scouting community. While it's possible he may go undrafted, there's no denying his potential to come into the NFL and have an impact if he's put with the right coach that can take advantage of his raw abilities. Moss is definitely one of the biggest sleepers in this draft, and one of my favorite prospects for the last day.

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/article-1/Draft-Buzz-Offense/0928a7f0-e78f-4d1c-b2a5-65f3c4ef4ffe
Thanks for this Buck.
Let's draft him !! That's what late round picks are for imo. Risk/reward seems pretty good
great find Buck. Sounds like an undrafted free agent though
We could use his leaping ability in the red zone. Hes pretty fast, so he could probably special teams also i would guess. he moves well on the bball court
Great post and excellent fiond - Thanks Buck.

This iss what I really love about the Zone. Many people contribute positive finds like this!
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Originally posted by thuglife619:
We could use his leaping ability in the red zone. Hes pretty fast, so he could probably special teams also i would guess. he moves well on the bball court
I think this guy has alot of potential he's also very quick, ran a 6.32 in the 3 cone oh and had a 41.5 inch vertical. Hes quick, fast, and explosive just raw. With the right coaching this guy could really be good.
He didn't look very fast on the football highlights. Could of been because his QB kept throwing him bad passes.

At least he'd be used to jumping an diving for Alex type errant throws.