The 49ers select safety Tarvarius Moore out of Southern Miss with the 95th pick in the NFL Draft.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) April 28, 2018
The 49ers find great value with the 95th pick in Southern Miss safety Tarvarius Moore, who was the 54th-ranked player on the PFF big board pic.twitter.com/MtXtKjDh8M
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 28, 2018
The source of Moore’s inspired play as a senior was the memory of his younger sister, who passed away in August due to a burst blood vessel in her brain. His effort in her name as a 13-game starter and honorable mention All-Conference USA selection in 2017, leading the Golden Eagles with 87 tackles, three for loss, three interceptions, and 10 pass breakups. The previous season, Moore was a reserve defensive back, credited with 17 tackles, two interceptions, and two pass breakups. The Quitman, Mississippi transferred to USM from Pearl River Community College after the 2015 season. He was a first-team all-state pick his sophomore year as a defensive back (72 tackles, one interception, eight pass breakups) and kick returner (averaged 39.6 yards per kickoff return with one touchdown). Moore played in seven games for the Wildcats as a freshman reserve defensive back (11 tackles, interception).
Possesses rare speed, length and explosiveness at the safety position, but his tape says he’s not just a workout wonder. Moore is a premium athlete with smooth hips and fluid feet with the ability to handle man cover matchups that others could struggle with. While there is still work to do, he’s not a raw prospect and should be game-ready fairly quickly. Moore’s tape shows his ability to handle coverage and run support duties and his elite athletic traits will likely push him way up the draft board into Day 2.
Superior combination of size, speed and explosiveness
Ran verified 4.32-second 40-yard dash twice at his pro day with a 38.5-inch vertical leap and 11-foot-1 broad jump
Arms dangle down his side at over 33 inches
Asked to line up over slot and handle man cover duties
Operates with smooth backpedal and loose hips to match route breaks
Clocked speed shows up on tape with easy burst to close or to recover
Turns to find and close targets quickly after recognizing play-action
Has ability to handle combination safety role
Impressive ball production in limited time at USM
Able to blaze down the alley and catch running backs before they turn the corner
Has just one season as full-time starter at FBS school
Despite interceptions, hands appear to be just average
Allows deep throws near his frame rather than high-pointing to finish
Has a tendency to sit and wait for stalk blockers rather than racing under when possible
Needs to add more muscle and mass to his frame
Too much head ducking into contact as a tackler
Needs to punch and play off of blocks in space for better tackle readiness.