Raiders select OLB Moore with third round pick

April 26, 2013, 5:45 pm
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ALAMEDA -- The Raiders chose Sio Moore with the No. 66 overall pick in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday.

Here's a closer look at the selection:

Position: Outside linebacker
School: Connecticut
Height/weight: 6 foot 1, 245 pounds
College career: A three-year starter at UConn, Moore wracked up 274 tackles, 16 sacks and intercepted four passes. He started 31 of the 41 games in which he played for the Huskies. His 44 tackles for a loss were tied with Jarvis Jones for 10th most among active NCAA FBS players and his 37 solo tackles for a loss were tied for 12th most among active players with Western Kentucky's Quanterus Smith. A first-team All-Big East Conference selection, Moore was also named to the All-American Super Sleeper Team by the NFL Draft Report.
Scouting report: Has great closing speed and reaction time. Possesses good coverage skills. All of which seems to make him a perfect candidate to play weakside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. Has also played on the strong side, even if he was a bit undersized for the role. He's a hybrid who seems comfortable in any scheme. Still, he needs to improve his strength to shed blocks.
How he fits: His inclusion, along with the signing of three other linebackers this offseason, would seemingly signal a switch to a 3-4 defense. Although, perhaps more glaring, is what it means for last year's best defensive rookie, Miles Burris, who played at WILL linebacker last season. Especially with the signing of Kaluka Maiava. Basically, Moore gives the Raiders another athletic linebacker with versatility.
In his words: My full first name is Snorsio. It means 'God is the greatest,' and Sio means 'Greatest.' I was born in Liberia. It's a crew name. That's where my family comes from….it's a heavy name and a great purpose."
--Sio Moore, at the Combine

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