CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia senior offensive tackle Morgan Moses (Richmond, Va.) was selected by the Washington Redskins during Friday’s third round of the National Football League Draft. Moses was the 66th overall pick. It marks the 31st consecutive year (dating back to 1984) a Virginia player has been drafted. The streak is tied for the second longest in the ACC.
Moses is the first Cavalier drafted by the Washington Redskins since 1986 when offensive guard Jim Huddleston was taken in the sixth round. Moses is the 10th overall Cavalier to be drafted by the Washington Redskins.
Moses, a 2014 Senior Bowl and NFL Combine participant, started all 12 games at left tackle as a senior and finished his UVa career with 43 starts between both tackles positions and right guard. Moses, an All-ACC performer and the Touchdown Club of Richmond’s offensive lineman of the Year, was a key-blocking component to help Parks became UVa's first 1,000-yard rusher in a season since 2004. The senior graded out over 90 percent in every game and averaged eight knockdowns per contest. Moses yielded only two sacks in 506 pass attempts, which included limiting Clemson's Vic Beasley (Bednarik and Lombardi Award semifinalists) to one tackle and zero sacks.
Moses is expected to graduate later this month from UVa with a degree in anthropology.
--------------------------- From Washington Redskins:
On his wait in the green room:
“It was a crazy wait, but I’m just happy to have the opportunity to have my named called, walk across that stage and put that hat on.”
On if he thought being drafted by the Redskins was a possibility:
“Definitely, knowing the needs that they needed, being able to sit down with head coach [Jay] Gruden a couple weeks ago and just having that talk with them. It’s obviously a great thing being alongside a Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams and being about to be able to block for RGIII [quarterback Robert Griffin III]. It’s a blessing to be able to have that.”
On his talk with Gruden:
“We had good conversations, just sitting there and talking about football, but really just connecting on a level outside of football. With the additions that the Redskins have, I feel like it’s going to be a great year. I just want to get in there and start working right now.”
On his nerves during the draft compared to nerves on gameday:
“It’s nerves you’ll never get again. Just being able to get that phone call and have that number go across the screen, it’s a blessing, man. Words can’t even speak.”
On his shoulder:
“It’s 100 percent.”
On the strengths of his game and room for improvement:
“I feel like I can get better at my overall game. That’s the thing, if you can get better at one thing every day then you’re moving in the right direction. Being able to get to the second level – in zone schemes –and being able to be athletic to be able to pull and get outside, that is one thing that I can do.”
On if he watched any Redskins games last year.
On if he feels he can make a push to start at right tackle:
“I feel like I have all the abilities to play at the next level. I am just going to come in there and work hard – work hard to get on the field and let everything fall into place.”
On the origins of his beard:
“You know, I had to compensate for the hair I lost up top and have it on the bottom [instead]. I think it will definitely try to make it to Washington.”
On what he spent time doing while preparing for the draft today:
“Just relax[ing] with my friends and my family. You know, it has been a long day but God has his plan for everybody.”
On if he grew up a Redskins fan:
“I actually played… My little league team was actually the Redskins, so I played under that name for a while when I was younger.”