Skai Moore: South Carolina linebacker, 2018 NFL draft prospect
Skai Moore comes in as the fifth inside linebacker on the NFL Draft Board. According to an early USA Today 2018 NFL mock draft Moore could get drafted in the first round.
College: South Carolina #10
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Coming out of high school
Skai Moore was a four star recruit according to Rivals. The number 19th linebacker in the country.
Came out of high school as an outside linebacker. But the South Carolina Gamecocks moved Moore to inside linebacker. At 6-2, Moore is a little short to play outside linebacker.
Was named SEC All-Freshman team in 2013.
Moore was South Carolina Gamecocks leading tackler from 2013 through 2015.
2015 All-SEC second team.
Moore missed the entire 2016 season with a neck injury. Used medical redshirt for the 2016 season.
Spring Practice 2017
Moore seems to have made a full recovery from his neck injury. He did not shy away from contact in the spring.
— Tristan Dixon (@TristanDixon17) June 11, 2017
2018 NFL draft potential
Luke Easterling of Draftwire has Skai Moore going in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. Easterling has the New Orleans Saints drafting Moore with the 17th pick. J
The NFL Draft Board currently ranks Skai Moore as the 48th ranked prospect for the 2018 NFL draft. As linebackers go, the NFL Draft Board has Moore as the fifth linebacker in the 2018 NFL draft. To get drafted in the first round, Moore needs to climb the linebacker ranks.
There were only two inside linebackers drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. The Detroit Lions drafted Jarrad Davis with the 21st pick. And the San Francisco 49ers drafted Reuben Foster with the 31st pick.
Moore could come on strong in 2017. He dropped off the radar in 2016 with a neck injury. If he improves on his 2015 season, he could find himself in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.
Moore deserves higher consideration from other mock drafts. But his injury has caused some mock drafts to shy away from him. Moore should start climbing the mock draft charts after a couple games and become a solid second, or third, round pick, if not first.