Mewelde Moore NFL Bio

The official NFL profile of Vikings fourth-round running back Mewelde Moore.

Mewelde Moore
Position: Running Back
College: Tulane
Height: 5-10
Weight: 205
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.

Outstanding running back and receiver who completed his career as the Tulane and Conference USA all-time leader in rushing and all-purpose yards, and set 24 school and seven league records before his career ended … Ranks 11th on the NCAA Division I-A career-record all-purpose yardage list with 6,505 yards and became only the second player in NCAA Division I-A history to record 4,000 rushing and 2,000 receiving yards in his career, joining Stanford's Darrin Nelson … Set school and conference all-time records with 22 games rushing for 100 yards … Ranks third in school annals and seventh on the conference all-time record list with 189 catches, good for 2,059 yards (10.9 avg) and 15 touchdowns … Caught at least one pass in 42 of 44 games he played in … The four-time All-Louisiana selection carried 909 times for 4,364 yards (4.8 avg) and 21 touchdowns … He is the only player in NCAA Division I-A annals to rush for over 1,250 yards and catch over 60 passes in the same season (2001) … His 36 total touchdowns rank second on the school and conference career-record charts … Also an superb baseball player who was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft, receiving an $850,000 signing bonus … Played three seasons in the Padres' minor-league system.

Has a stout frame with high, thick calves, thick ankles, wide shoulders with good muscle definition and well-developed lower body frame … Could add at least another 10 pounds with no loss in quickness … Has quick feet, above-average balance and superb change-of-direction agility … Has great field vision and natural run instincts … Shows strength running inside, using his lower-leg drive to break arm tackles … Has adequate speed to get to the corner … Shows an effective burst to get past the second level … Is very quick to change direction, showing a sudden burst out of his plant … Quick route runner with natural hands and a good feel for the short-area passing game … Will reach and extend for the ball with ease … Runs through blocks with tremendous balance and shows good ball security attacking the holes … Has good spin moves to squeeze through tight rush lanes … Does a very good job of finding the soft spot in zone coverage.

Negatives: Strong inside runner, but needs to run at a lower pad level (when he attacks the holes high, he can be pushed back in the lanes) … Can get to the perimeter and has the acceleration to find the second level, but is more quick than fast … Despite his good strength, does not like to block, showing inconsistencies while lacking assertiveness when asked to face up and cut … Responsible player, but tends to be a bit demanding and moody … Time playing baseball the past three seasons prevented him from participating in offseason football conditioning programs.

4.63 in the 40-yard dash … 335-pound bench press … 405-pound squat … 305-pound power clean … 301/2-inch arm length … 91/2-inch hands.

Attended Belaire (Baton Rouge, La.) High, playing football for coach Barry Amadee … All-Metro offensive MVP and a two-time all-district selection … Named to the Louisiana Sportswriters' all-state team and the Louisiana High School coaches second team … Holds the school records for career rushing yards and single-season touchdowns (24) … Amassed 1,638 yards rushing and 279 yards receiving as a senior … Also a star baseball player, he was picked for the Louisiana Coaches all-state team as well as being honored as a first-team all-district and an all-region selection … Owns the school record for stolen bases … Member of the National Honor Society and a Mathematics Merit Award Winner.

Finance/Accounting major … Presented with the Community Service Award for Business Ethics at the Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs and Business School Council Awards Gala in the spring of 2003 … Son of Jerry and Sandra Moore … Born Mewelde Jaem Cadere Moore on July 24, 1982, in Hammond, La. … Resides in Baton Rouge, La.

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