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Trevon Moehrig lineage of a great safety
The Raiders are one of the most historical franchises in NFL history. The list of greats who have worn the silver and black in their career is extensive. Perhaps there is no greater position in league history than being a safety for the Raiders. At one time going across the middle on a Raiders defense on a Sunday afternoon was a suicide mission for wide receivers and tight ends. Offenses would have to buckle their chin straps extra tight when facing the likes of Charles Woodson, Ronnie Lott, Rod Woodson, Jack Tatum, Dave Grayson, George Atkinson, Mike Davis, and Vann McElroy.
Since the great Charles Woodson retired the Raiders have had a tough time finding an heir apparent. One of the greatest breaks the team has received this off-season was Trevon Moehrig sliding to the 2nd round at pick #43 in this past draft. Many analysts projected Moehrig would be a first round pick. Moehrig excelled at TCU, becoming an All-American, First Team All-Big 12 and winning the 2020 Jim Thorpe Award.
At 6-foot-1, 202 pounds, Moehrig projects as a coverage safety in the scheme employed by defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. That’s a slightly different role than the one he played in college, where TCU asked him to roam all over the field. “It’s definitely been a good transition,” Moehrig said. “At TCU I played a bunch of different roles — split safety, but also free safety, playing the post. Now that I’m here it’s a lot more, so they’re kind of giving me more free range to show my athleticism and do those kinds of things.”
Thus far in training camp Moehrig has shown big play abilities he’s been all over the field making key breakups and acrobatic interceptions. As of Friday’s practice he started working with the first team defense. Moehrig unwavering versatility and maturity is something that can help him transition into the role of being considered an all-time great Raiders safety, “I would say handling everything like a business,” Moehrig said when asked how his mentality has changed from college to the pros. “Coming here every day, being here on time — early. Doing little things right every day.”
The sky's the limit for Moehrig not only does he have the full support of his coaching staff Moehrig said his fellow secondary mates have been helping him transition to the professional level, it wouldn’t be a shock if he were to win Defensive Rookie of the Year.