Riley Moss entered national radar when he took two interceptions for touchdowns against the Indiana Hoosiers in the opening week of 2021. What everyone slowly realized was that Moss was a special cornerback prospect, mostly for his awareness and football IQ.
CB – #33 Iowa
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Centennial (Ankeny, IA)
HS Rating: 2 star (0.7810)
Phil Steele: PS#344
Riley Moss Scouting Report
Good speed for the NFL – but not great. Won’t be among the faster cornerbacks in the league. Very fluid hips. Makes slight alterations to his path with ease. I haven’t seen good form from Moss, but he’s willing to get involved in the play.
Strong run defender. Reacts quickly to the play. Works well through traffic when pursuing. Strong run support defender. Plays mostly in trail technique. Finds his assignment quickly and with ease. Attacks the catch point and will go through the receiver if he needs to. Lacks some of the physicality that I like to see.
Plays strong zone coverage. Finds his proper depth and does a good job taking away lanes. Reacts quickly to the ball and attacks the catch point. Special awareness to react well to the ball and collect the interception. Quick reaction to plays. Diagnoses quickly and plays very fast. Promising press ability. Not as physical as I like to see, but uses his hands enough to be effective.
What we want to see from Riley Moss in Mobile
- Riley Moss is a zone coverage cornerback who didn’t play a lot of man coverage in the Iowa scheme. That being said, we want to see what Moss understands about man coverage concepts. If he can shut down some of the better receivers in Mobile, he will bolster his draft stock tremendously.
- Moss’s length is an issue. He’s abnormally small, registering a wingspan that is among the lowest in the draft class. We want to see how he will work with that deficiency to stay involved in the play.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Riley Moss projects best into a zone coverage scheme with his versatility and range. He’s a ball hawk to the core, a very intelligent player who can make good, accurate reads. We like his motion, but his length will hold him back. Moss might be best suited working out of the slot at the next level but may not be quite starting level material.
We like Moss as a seventh-round/PFA prospect. He’s polished, but he has a lot of things to work through.