Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers have signed a total of 27 rookies to contracts within the past week. Eight of those were his 2012 NFL Draft picks, while the other 19 were undrafted free agents picked up immediately after the draft or brought in as tryout players during Rookie Orientation Camp. With the roster now at a full 90 players, it’s time to get to know some of these new faces.
First up is outside linebacker Dezman Moses.
Born on Jan. 4, 1989, Dezman Mirrill Moses hails from Willingboro, N.J., where he played wide receiver and inside linebacker at Willingboro High. He was named first-team all-county, all-conference and All-South Jersey as a senior, when he hauled in 35 passes for 596 yards and 10 touchdowns as a wideout while recording 87 tackles and five interceptions – including two returned for touchdowns. Dezman is the son of Vernon and Valerie Moses and brother to two sisters, Lauren and Shaina.
Moses graduated with scholarship offers in basketball, football and baseball. He made the decision to play football at the University of Iowa, but transferred after two seasons to Tulane in 2009 and sat out that fall per the transfer rule.
Making an immediate impact as left defensive end with the Green Wave, Moses would go on to record 114 tackles, 24 1/2 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, six forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered across two season. In 2011, he led Tulane’s defensive line in total stops and ranked fifth overall in tackles. Moses ranked third among C-USA players and 17th nationally in sacks. His 15.5 sacks in two seasons ranks fifth among Tulane’s career leaders, and his sack total in 2011 ranks third all-time.
Moses was also suspended by Tulane coach Bob Toledo for the first two games of 2010 for a prior incident of public intoxication.
At 6-2, 239 lbs., Dezman Moses’ lowest recorded 40-yd. time was 4.82 on his Pro Day, and he benched 225 ponds 22 times. Based on his body type, he was projected as 3-4 outside linebacker, which is where the Packers currently have him.
Said NFL scout Chris Landry, “I think he will work really hard. What I hope for him is he’ll get a chance to come and show real good effort, intensity and production on special teams and be a backup linebacker somewhere where he can learn the linebacker position, where he can learn the drop to cover the curl in the flat and play over a tight end and do some of those things and develop — that’s what I hope for him. I think that’s the best case scenario for him.”
Both the New England Patriots and Houston Texans also expressed interest in signing Moses as a rookie free agent.
After signing with the Green Bay Packers, Moses commented, “This is a great opportunity, and I feel honored and blessed to have the opportunity to play with the Green Bay Packers. I got a call from my agent and then the Packers about 10-15 minutes after the (NFL) draft.
“I have been talking to the Packers throughout the process, and they believe in me and are willing to give me a chance, so I am definitely going to make the best of it. My family is very excited, and this is a lifelong dream for me.”
When asked by New Era Scouting’s Scott Porter who he models his games after, Moses responded, “There are a few guys I like to watch and pick tips up from. DeMarcus Ware and Clay Matthews are to players I like to watch. Both of these players are technicians and students of the game. I like to consider myself similar to them in those terms and I watch a lot of film on those two and try to pick up things from them to enhance my overall game.”
Dezman Moses’ primary contribution, according to the National Football Post scouting report, is as a 3-4 rush OLB. He has an above-average first step of the football and possesses good lateral quickness, but his natural instincts and pad level are negatives for him. Moses will also have to improve his technique in run support if he wants to be more than a backup or situational player.
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