With the 141st-overall selection in Round 5 of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Monsters of the Midway took Kansas State cornerback Joshua Moore.
The coaching staff feels pretty good about the top of the depth chart at corner, with veteran Charles Tillman on the left side and youngster Zack Bowman over on the right, but it's anybody's guess as to who the primary backups are going to be. Former Pro Bowler Nathan Vasher finally got his release, fourth-year pro Corey Graham played well in 2008 but apparently found himself in the doghouse in 2009 and last year's fourth rounder, D.J. Moore, didn't dent the stat sheet once as a rookie. While Chicago did sign Tim Jennings in free agency this offseason, he's not expected to be anything more than a nickel back and special teamer, as he wasn't even tendered a contract by the Colts.
According to Scout.com NFL Draft analyst Chris Steuber, Moore was a three-star prospect and "fits well in the Bears' Cover-2 scheme because he doesn't have to play on the line and can use his instincts and react to the action."
But for an insider's perspective on the 5-11, 188-pound Moore and what he might bring to the Midway Monster defense, BearReport.com consulted with Sean Kelly, the publisher of KStateFans.com:
Strengths: Moore is a guy that won a lot of games for Kansas State and was that lockdown corner early in his career able to take away opponents' best receivers. He has great speed, but the best thing about Moore is when he arrives, he arrives angry and makes plays. He can cover a lot of ground with his speed, and at 5-11 and 188 pounds, he plays more physical then his size would indicate. He's not afraid at all to be aggressive and mix it up and is capable of separating the ball from the wideout with big hits. He has great hips and can either play on the line to jam receivers or turn, run and drop into coverage.
Weaknesses: In college, Moore was able to eliminate mistakes with great make-up speed and can sometimes rely a little too heavily on that speed. Has been known to take chances in order to try and make a play on the ball, and against bigger receivers in the NFL, he will have to play a little more within the defensive system and within himself. He has a tendency to go for the knockout hit and at times does not wrap up.
Kelly Says: The Bears have got a great player that is physical, has tremendous speed and can dominate games. Moore has great instincts that you cannot teach on the gridiron and is never afraid to lay the wood to anyone, big or small. He will need to adjust to not always being one of the fastest on the field and learn to play with more technique in the NFL, but this is a player that oozes with talent and will fit in well with a physical Bears defense. He is a cover corner that can play other positions that is well coached. This is a Bill Snyder player, so you know he is well schooled and has a great work ethic. A physical player with great upside and potential still.
JC's Take: While GM Jerry Angelo did a pretty good job getting value with his picks in the draft, if there is one player that can possibly be qualified as a reach, it's Moore.
Just like he did a year ago when he altered the traits and characteristics he looks for in offensive linemen, Angelo admitted after the draft he did the same thing at cornerback this year. Now he only wants corners that are 5-11 and taller, as evidenced by the release of the 5-10 Vasher, plus the 5-9 D.J. Moore already needs to be worried about his roster spot just one season into his NFL career – starters Tillman and Bowman are both 6-1, in case you were wondering. Additionally, Joshua Moore is known for his man-to-man coverage ability and ball skills, not his discipline within a zone or prowess in run support, which is further proof that Angelo is coloring outside his usual lines.
One thing is for sure: Moore better hit the weight room hard, because the two (two!) reps he did at the Scouting Combine on the bench press at 225 pounds won't get it done in this league.
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