Brian Moore, father of Florida OL Tyler Moore, confirms his son will be entering the NFL draft.
— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) November 24, 2014
According to Derek Tyson, SEC Recruiting Analyst for ESPN, Florida offensive guard Tyler Moore has decided to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft. Moore is the second underclassmen to declare for the draft as well as the second from Gainesville as teammate Dante Fowler Jr. did the same thing last week after hearing the announcement that head coach Will Muschamp would not return the next season.
While Moore has NFL size at 6’5″ 325lbs, the decision is a little perplexing given the lack of time Moore has seen the field. Moore started his career at Nebraska, where he was able to see the field as a true freshman. He then decided to transfer back home to Florida, as he is from Clearwater, where he then needed to redshirt. As a redshirt sophomore, he played six games including five at right tackle. Unfortunately, his season was ended after a scooter mishap resulted in a broken arm.
This past year, he played in ten games, starting in six. Moore may have talent, but has not shown to be someone that warrants being drafted at this point. Instead, he may be forced to try to make an NFL roster as a tryout player. There is still plenty of time for Moore to decide he can change his mind and return to Florida if he chooses, but if not, the Gators will be down three starting linemen for next season. This could prove to be a smart decision by Moore, but he certainly has an uphill climb if he intends to keep playing professional football.