UConn Pro Day: LB Sio Moore

UConn Pro Day: LB Sio Moore
March 28, 2013, 12:15 pm
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ABOUT THE PLAYER: Four-year linebacker at the University of Connecticut.

After redshirting his freshman year, Moore worked his way into a starting role by 2010.

Two years later, the 6-1, 244-pounder was in the running for both the Butkus and Lombardi awards. He earned All-Big East first-team selection honors at the end of 2012 after finishing with 72 tackles (42 solo). Moore truly emerged his senior season, leading the Huskies with 15.5 tackles for a loss and coming in second in the entire Big East with 1.29 per game.

His growth did not go unnoticed.

The 6-1, 244-pounder was invited to the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl, and the NFL scouting combine. His draft stock rose after each event.

ABOUT THE MAN: Moore didn't participate in all of the UConn Pro Day tasks; he let the numbers from February's scouting combine stand.

Yet, he was still one of the most active players inside Shenkman training facility. Moore's voice was heard the entire time his more under-the-radar teammates made bids in front of NFL talent evaluators. He pushed them on at the bench press, he crowed at every vertical leap.

"I've been with these guys since 2008; we're not just teammates, we're brothers," Moore said. "We've been through so much since 2008 to now. To see the amount of guys coming out here, showing up and showing out, and doing all the things they're doing because of the amount of work they put in. You've got to cheer for them."

ABOUT HIS JOURNEY: A couple of his own combine numbers include a 4.65-second 40-yard dash and 29 reps on the 225-pound press.

"The type of work I've been doing for the last four months has been so life-changing for me. Funny thing about it -- I never ate eggs or vegetables until I went to go train," he laughed. "That's probably been one of the biggest things that's changed with me -- the way I eat, the way I diet, the way I take care of my body."

Adding some greens (just not asparagus) into his diet has done the linebacker well.

"I still have the same weight. I played at 244 [and] I'm still at 244, it's just a different 244 because I'm more healthy, more lean, and more fit.

"I feel it in a good way. I feel more explosive, I have more energy. I feel great."

The conversation about trading cheeseburgers for broccoli showcased Moore's ready sense of humor; he had reporters in stitches. Not a bad thing, considering the pre-draft interviews include personality among everything else.

"The fact that I'm eating green beans now -- it's like I've graduated twice."

WHAT SCOUTS SAY: "Reads the action quickly and has the speed to close, making him a classic 4-3 weak-side linebacker candidate. He was a versatile performer in college with good production as a hybrid linebacker for the Huskies, not looking out of place when asked to play in space against either the run or pass. Even in non-contact drills at the Shrine Game, Moore's competitive drive and explosive hitting ability were evident. At his size, Moore will need to continue to improve his strength in taking on and shedding blocks." -- NFL Draft Scout

WHAT HE SAYS: "The drills are one thing, but I just wanted to show them how passionate I am about the game, and how much I want to be great, and the work I want to put in. I had a bunch of coaches that came here and they taught me never to settle for anything. So when I think I'm doing well… I don't really think so. There's more you can do and I just want to continue to do that."