The 9th-ranked Falcon player is safety William Moore. Click here to review the scoring system devised to create these rankings.
Total Score: 79
Player Grade: 70 out of 100
Teams he could start for: 28 out of 32
Teams he is best position player: 21 out of 32
Teams he could find role on: 30 out of 32
Peak-Year Bonus: +1
Positional Bonus: +3
As I mentioned before with Thomas DeCoud, William Moore is probably not going to be one of the new up and coming elite safeties to take over for players like Troy Polamalu and Adrian Wilson as big stars in the NFL. But Moore is a very good safety that ranks highly, and is only a notch below those players.
While Moore wouldn’t be considered a great coverage safety, he does manage to impact there. He is very opportunistic in coverage despite not having great man-to-man cover skills. In fact, when put in situations where he has to play man to man, he often struggles. But he makes up for it by consistently being in the right place at the right time, and when he has an opportunity to pick off a pass on a tipped ball or the like, he almost always does.
But Moore really grades highly with his ability to impact in run support. He’s one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the game today. And his ability to play the run is better than many linebackers. An interesting question that will be raised for Moore moving forward is the league’s new rule against spearing. Moore has shown no problem with lowering the crown of his helmet and driving it into ballcarriers thus far in his four-year Falcon career. Now those instances will draw a lot more penalties, and it remains to be seen how Moore adjusts. It shouldn’t be too hard since Moore is an excellent wrap tackler. But his craving for those bone-jarring highlight-making hits might have to subside somewhat with refs more willing to throw flags.
One of the things that prevents Moore from being higher-ranked is the position he plays, and the fact that the shelf-life of NFL safeties isn’t very good. Moore just turned 28 in May, but may only have another two or so years of peak potential because of the wear and tear that comes with playing the safety position, especially when you play it as physically as Moore does. He has missed a quarter of each of the past two seasons due to injuries. The Falcons hope that with his new contract, Moore can be a bit more durable moving forward due to his high value to the team.