Ten different Alabama players heard their names called during the 2021 NFL Draft. One of them was supposed to be linebacker Dylan Moses, but surprisingly, he isn’t included on that list.
At one time, Moses was projected to be a first-round pick.
Not only did he fall out of Day 1, he fell out of the draft entirely. Soon after the last of the 259 players were taken, the former five-star linebacker inked an undrafted free agent deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But we still didn’t know what happened.
Sure, social media was saying the fall came from poor play and medicals, but nothing had been confirmed. Well on Thursday, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban was able to provide more clarity on the Moses situation.
“It had nothing to do with what kind of football player he is,” Saban said, via AL.com. “It was based on medical grades by the teams, which, frankly, was a little surprising to me. In my time in the league, when guys were injured and they came back and played, that usually got out of that 5 medical grade, which is undraftable.
“It might have been a 4 medical grade, which means a guy does have an injury, it could be a problem in the future, but he’s come back and played with it so we ought to give him an opportunity, which I certainly think that’s where Dylan Moses should’ve fallen for sure and should’ve gotten an opportunity because he played all season long for us. And I think that should be a good enough indicator that he can play in the NFL.”
Saban also had an interesting comparison for Moses: Drew Brees. He wants to remind everyone that the medical opinions were wrong about the future Hall of Famer.
“Don’t forget, when I was the coach of the Miami Dolphins, doctors failed Drew Brees on a physical,” Saban told reporters. “From that time on, he made about 14 Pro Bowls, won a Super Bowl, passed for I don’t know how many thousands of yards. So I guess they make mistakes, too.”
Seeing Brees prove the medicals wrong doesn’t automatically mean Moses will do the same, but Saban believes the Jaguars got a heck of a football player at almost no cost. And arguing that point is difficult.
We’ll find out in the near future, whether it’s in 2021 or once Moses is fully recovered in 2022.
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