Former Chicago Bears Director of College Scouting Greg Gabriel is now an analyst at the National Football Post, and this week he has shared some of his observations about four Buffalo Bills rookies. Some of his best work in his breakdown centered around outside linebacker Arthur Moats, who is still in the process of making the transition from college defensive end to NFL 3-4 outside linebacker.
"At this point he does not have top reactions as a linebacker but that is to be expected," writes Gabriel, a Buffalo native. "He is a good run defender who shows some stoutness at the point of attack and has the quick hands to shed blocks. I like his competitive nature and his desire to be physical. He does, however, struggle in coverage. He can be a bit late reacting and hasn’t shown top mirror skills in man coverage."
Gabriel is more impressed with Moats as a pass rusher, though he also notes that Moats needs a lot of polish in this area.
"For a guy only 6 feet tall he has long arms and a burst off the edge," says Gabriel. "He comes hard and shows some ability to redirect but he still needs to develop his hand use and counter moves. In time he will be an effective blitzer but he is still a work in progress at this stage."