COLUMBIA, S.C. — Skai Moore, one of the greatest linebackers in South Carolina football history, might find himself playing another position on Sundays in the NFL.
During the Gamecocks’ pro day on Tuesday, Moore worked in drills as a linebacker and defensive back.
“I felt comfortable in the drops, even doing the DB drills, I felt pretty comfortable in that. So as far as like the field work and stuff, I feel like I did alright, pretty well,” he said.
Moore certainly performed well during his career at South Carolina. He led the Gamecocks in tackles each season he was on the field and finished tied for first in program history with 14 career interceptions.
Production is not the issue. Size, in the eyes of some NFL brass, is. Moore was measured at 6-foot-2, 226 pounds at the NFL combine. On Tuesday, he weighed 230.
Speed is another issue. Moore ran a 4.73-second 40-yard dash at the combine, but wasn’t sure about the 40 times he posted at pro day. A minor leg injury during the first run Tuesday didn’t help his cause.
“My right quad kind of knotted up on me, so I was trying to roll that out so I could finish the day,” Moore said.
He did finish the day. Moore, who missed the 2016 season after undergoing neck fusion surgery, didn’t mind working through the leg pain Tuesday.
Earlier that morning, Moore spoke to the Baltimore Ravens. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick spent about an hour with him on Tuesday night.
“He said I was a good player and we just watched the Clemson game last year, and I just talked through the whole game with him,” Moore said.
Moore also was upbeat about prior conversations with the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers. On Wednesday, he’s scheduled to meet in Columbia with representatives from the Tennessee Titans. From there, he’ll head to Jacksonville to spend time with the Jaguars, followed by a trip to New York to see the Giants.
“Teams I’ve spoken [with], they’ve said I’m a three-down guy who can play in space,” Moore said. “They see me excelling in space and I can come in and help on passing-down situations immediately, stuff like that. That’s the stuff that I’ve been hearing.”
According to Moore, he has plenty to offer any NFL franchise.
“Just sideline to sideline, always around the ball, making plays on the ball, getting the ball off people,” he said. “Just being a versatile guy who can do a lot of things, in the box or outside the box, in space.”