Another Under-Radar Pass Rusher Interests GB

The Packers are leaving no stones unturned in their pursuit of outside linebackers, and neither is Packer Report. We catch up with another player firmly on the Packers' radar: Tulane's Dezman Moses.

Dezman Moses made the phone call from an airport in New Orleans.

That's the life of an under-the-radar prospect that teams are doing some last-minute digging on with the draft approaching.

"It's nice doing a little traveling. It's extremely exciting," Moses, who recorded 9.5 sacks, 12 tackles for losses and three forced fumbles during his senior season at Tulane, told Packer Report on Tuesday. "It's a lifelong dream. It's the only thing I've ever wanted to do. To have it be this close is exciting for me and my family. I'm just working hard every day and trying to get better every day so I can be the best player I can be. That's pretty much my job right now."

Moses (6-2, 250) played defensive end during his two seasons at Tulane but said his "ideal position" is playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He said he's been in contact with the Packers, among other teams, throughout the draft process. Green Bay, which has an obvious need at outside linebacker, had a scout at his pro day a couple weeks ago.


Photos courtesy Tulane University

"I'm a linebacker first, in my eyes," he said. "I've always played linebacker growing up, even going back to pee wee and high school."

Moses started his career playing linebacker at Iowa. He was suspended for a month during his sophomore season after being arrested for public intoxication and decided to transfer after falling down the depth chart. After sitting out the 2009 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Moses was suspended for the first two games of the 2010 season at Tulane for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

"I was a young kid at Iowa — 18, 19 years old — and thought I had everything figured out, but you don't," Moses said. "That's what most kids think coming out of high school. I've become a man. I've grown. My parents raised me right. I had my childhood to lean back on when things got tough. I had some great coaches who gave me some guidance. Over the last three years, I've matured a lot and become a man."

A source within the Tulane football program backed up Moses' story of maturation, saying Moses "has shown a tremendous amount of growth."

Moses also matured on the field.

His 9.5 sacks as a senior ranked third in Conference USA and third in school history, and his 15.5 sacks — in two seasons, remember — stands fourth in school history. Not bad for a guy who, in his own words, grew into "somewhat of a pass rusher" at Tulane.

"I try to use whatever I can," Moses said. "I have the speed, I have the quick first step, but at the same time, I like to use my power and put my hands on people. It depends on the tackle. Some don't have the best feet, so I'll use more speed. Some may be not as strong, so I like to use my power to bull (rush). I have some moves I like to use and I've been successful over the past two years and had some great coaches who've taught me some things."

Among the players Moses likes to watch are Clay Matthews and Osi Umenyiora.

"I love his energy and effort," Moses said of Matthews. "He makes a lot of plays just solely off of that. You can't coach that. He loves playing the game and it's clear when you turn on the film."

To get ready to play linebacker, Moses has been doing a lot of footwork drills and working on his pass drops. After three seasons of not playing linebacker, the rust came off quickly.

"At first, it was a little weird and I felt awkward," he said. "My body hadn't been in that position in a while, but it came back, and after a week or two, it felt natural again. That was exciting to know that I didn't lost it all over the three years I was at end."


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