2011 NFL Draft Profile: LB – Dontay Moch – Nevada

The Jaguars need to add speed to their linebacking corps. They have long had difficulties covering tight ends and the infusion of top notch athleticism could be useful in rectifying the problem. If you’re looking for a speedy linebacker you’d be hard-pressed to find one faster than Nevada linebacker Dontay Moch.

A record run? Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the combine for Pack fans will be Moch’s 40-yard time. During Nevada’s junior pro day last year, he reportedly ran in the 4.1-second range (which would be the fastest in combine history). Moch said he’s gunning for a time of 4.2 or under, which both Kaepernick and Green said wouldn’t be a surprise. – Chris Murray, The Reno Gazette-Journal

On Monday all eyes will be on Moch when he runs his 40 yard dash at the scouting combine. While it is probably doubtful that he’ll run in the 4.1 range he reportedly ran at his junior pro day, his speed is undeniable. To put Moch’s speed in perspective, Aaron Curry’s 4.52 40 yard dash at the 2009 Scouting Combine propeled him into the 1st overall pick conversation.

However, despite Moch’s elite speed and athleticism that his college defensive coordinator described as “freakish,” he is considered a mid-round prospect.

In 2007, the Nevada Wolfpack ran a 3-4 defensive scheme that allowed Moch to play as a standing outside linebacker and use his speed to primarily rush the passer. When they switched to a 4-3 in 2008, Moch was used as a defensive end and found a lot of success in that role. Between 2008 and 2009, Moch recorded 17 sacks and his 2009 campaign earned him MWC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

To get the most out of Moch’s athleticism after the loss of Kevin Basped, Nevada moved him to linebacker where he was primarily used in blitzes. In fact, he very rarely dropped into coverage. At just over 6’1 and 229 pounds, dropping into coverage is something he’ll definitely have to do in the NFL because he almost definitely translates to a linebacker in the NFL.

His lack of experience in coverage and at diagnosing plays as a linebacker are what will cause teams to pass on Moch in the early rounds of the draft, but with his sheer athleticism he has upside that is through the roof. At Shrine Game week, Moch showed a little bit of struggles at covering receivers, but displayed a very good ability to digest information from coaches and make adjustments to his play.